"It's a new era in fashion - there are no rules. It's all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels, and up-and-coming designers all together." - Alexander McQueen
Shirt - Urban Outfitters
Dress - Primark
Gladiator Sandals - eBay
Thumb Ring/Cat Ring - eBay
Midi Rings/Little Finger Ring/Index Finger Ring - Topshop
If you were to ask somebody with a very distinct personal style how they pick out their clothes and put outfits together the way they do, they probably wouldn't know exactly how to answer. I know I wouldn't anyway. A lot of these people (including myself) have a real lust for expressing themselves visually, as well as showing a part of their inner self through their style. For example, I love 90's grunge fashion and rock 'n' roll, as well as vintage styles; incorporating these into my own style adds a sense of uniqueness as I am expressing myself and my love of these. Your personal style is also not just the way that you dress, it is reflected in the music you love to listen to, the way you style your hair and the ways in which you portray your overall lifestyle.
So you can see how copying someone is not exactly having your own personal style. However, using others as inspiration is so helpful, and you'll find most people do, do this. There is nothing wrong with taking note of other peoples outfits, allowing them to influence you so you can build upon them. Gaining inspiration from others is great as it allows you endless ideas of what you can wear yourself, especially if you are slightly clueless about where to start. I LOVE searching through the internet and reading through other peoples style blogs , it really is helpful when I have run out of ideas of what too wear. Looking through fashion magazines can be helpful, especially for pin-pointing exactly what is in season and how to style different pieces, but I sometimes find that they are quite 'samey' and there is no sense of individuality. You'll find with style blogs, the writers have a real grasp on the particular types of fashion they are interested in and are confident in presenting it in their own ways. Pinterest is another great website which allows you to search different categories, (such as 80's fashion or vintage) and it will bring back hundreds of outfits different people have posted with tags you have searched for. It's brilliant.
Trial & error is much a part of pin-pointing your own personal style. I mean, how many times did you fall off your bike before you learnt how to ride it, or not quite make it on your driving test before you managed to pass? Style is much like this, trying out new things and not being afraid to take risks. If you spot something that you might like to wear, wear it! It sounds cliche, I know, but don't give a crap what other people may think! If you feel happy in something then wear it! That is the utmost important thing. Risks are my favourite as I feel as though I am really showing off a part of me as well as standing out from the crowd which I love! Many of the people with very unique and standout styles have worked for a while trying to captivate it through the process of trial & error and risk taking, discovering what works for them.
The most important thing to remember is to wear what you like and what you feel comfortable in. If you don't wear what makes you happy you won't ever have a truly personal style or be confident in what you are wearing!
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