WHAT'S SO PERSONAL ABOUT PERSONAL STYLE + HOW TO NOURISH IT
By LAMYA CRUZ, (@THATGIRLLAMS)
To each her own—that’s personal style. How to find it however, can merely be as complicated as you make it. How you view yourself in the placement of your own world will surely be your greatest influence when it comes down to fashion—that means every and anything is fair game. Coco Chanel said it best, “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” And in today’s time, we are influenced greatly by what we see and what we consume culturally as well as intellectually, especially when it comes to fashion. Whether it be through various social media platforms, following the know how of other really cool famous people, television, and movie culture, or in the music we love to blast through our slightly overpriced headphones—it influences us, good or bad—it’s everywhere, and it will continue to be a never-ending-cycle of both inspiration and confirmation that we too can be seen. Yet at its core, it is a stroke of our own genius; personal style is our own innovation, especially when we allow it to be.
To know how to go about finding your own personal style is to know yourself. Personal, means that it does in fact belong to you. It is also truly yours to manipulate, reconstruct and start all over again, if need be. It simply has to fall in line with your standard of approval first off, and that's how you should view it. Yes, personal style is called personal for a reason, it is your inner expression of self and you are allowing others to judge you based on that fact alone, even before you say a single word. It also may give others insight on what you do and who they think you are. But of course, you know this already. You also know what you like and what you don’t like. So then you have to ask yourself these three things:
1. What are you trying to convey with your wardrobe?
2. Does it express who you are?
3. Does it fit into what you are trying to accomplish?
Deep, I know.
You should also know that personal style can progress as you do. The personal style that you decide to go for doesn’t have to be set in stone for the rest of your life. Nor would you want it to be! Changing the way you dress is like biology, it is almost inevitable. I’m pretty sure you aren’t wearing the same Barney the dinosaur sweater and neon biker shorts with light up sneakers—and if you are, you’re pretty cool. No one wants to keep you in a box, so why are you. Clothes are meant to be experimented with as well as fashion itself. Altering your look may also help you better understand what works for you and what doesn’t. Another tidbit is that nothing truly goes out of style. Seriously. The influx of 70's, 80's and 90's fashion is definitely on an ultimate high note right now, and the trend doesn’t seem to be fading away anytime soon. Just saying. Most people didn’t think that they would be seeing mom jeans again, let alone jelly shoes, but like Twinkies they made a comeback. And as time changes, you can expect your personal style to do the same, so use it to your advantage.