Define Your Personal Style
"Why change? Everyone has their own style. When you have found it, you should stick to it." - Audrey Hepburn
Style has meant so many different things to me. In elementary school, it was about finding the perfect bag to hold my Lip Smacker collection. Middle school, I'm ashamed to say was trying to "fit in" with what everyone else was wearing. Looking back at the photos from this time makes me cringe. Towards the end of middle school, I started experimenting with my personal style a bit. Still makes me cringe to look at the photos. While in 8th grade, a brief period was spent wanting to be a fashion designer. I actually wrote a research paper about Coco Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, and Vera Wang. I watched Project Runway, sketched my own designs, and dreamed of attending Parsons or FIT.
High school years were spent focused on getting into college. I don't think I gave too much thought into my outfits. While in college, I think I wore the clothes I wore in high school. It wasn't until I graduated and entered the post-grad life that I started to think about defining my style, probably not too surprising since I started to pay for my clothes at this time.
Now, I feel like I've curated pieces that feel like me. I donated a lot of clothes that didn't make me feel happy, fit right, and reflect who I am. I think what changed in the time that I was younger to now is the questions I ask myself before keeping an item I've purchased (usually I do online shopping). While trying any item of clothing on, I'll ask myself how I feel? I want clothes that inspire and empower me. I used to be afraid to wear color for fear of sticking out, but now I love it. It's not that the fear of sticking out has gone away, it's just that the feeling of wearing colors and being bright feels better than letting a fear control my life. After all, 2018 is the year of being fearless.
So, I leave you with this challenge. Go through the clothes you own, donate anything that doesn't make you feel bold, beautiful, and strong. Pick pieces going forward that inspire you to be the best you. I truly think that everyone's style is unique. Don't be a carbon copy of someone else. Put your fears aside and wear that piece that you aren't sure someone else would like. Who cares?!