Not many people would find a vintage blue jumpsuit hanging in a thrift store basement very appealing, but I do. Why?
That question got my mind hopping down a rabbit trail of where style even comes from and why we choose the clothes that we do. Read on for more of my thoughts on picking a personal style and if it’s even very personal at all!
👗 WHAT I’M WEARING 💄
Thrifted jumpsuit/purse/sunglasses pin, $3 total (shop similar jumpsuit, shop similar purse) | Lulu’s sandals, $19 (shop exact sandals) | Colourpop lipstick in Bossy, (shop similar lipstick)
🛍 SHOP MY LOOK 🛍
My earliest clothing influences were found in the pages of magazines. Models, celebrities, and real girls with street style in Seventeen and Teen Vogue greatly appealed to me. Their attitudes seemed cool and I figured it had to do with what they were wearing, which I would later find to be half true.
I had fun emulating their styles with clothes I found at the thrift stores (some things never change!) but still didn’t feel like I was dressing life myself.
Towards the end of my high school education in 2009, fashion blogs were popping up all over the place and I wanted to join in and share my thrifty outfits. It wasn’t until I took that conscious step to document and explore my clothing choices, that I started to discover my personal style.
Out Of The Blue
My style has come together through lots of trial and error. I’ve learned along the way what I like and dislike to wear, fashion hacks for getting dressed faster, and savvy shopping strategies to get exactly what I want.
But haven’t I just become a product of my influences? Sort of. The way I see it, I’m still the one consciously choosing to wear these things in public so yes, style is still personal.
Clothes are a way to express yourself and speak before we even have a chance to say anything! Some people might not like what I have to “say” but TOUGH! If they don’t like it, they should be glad they’re not the ones wearing a vintage jumpsuit with bright red lipstick. 😉
Jump To It
I’m not saying you have to start a blog to find your personal style but you do have to make an effort to find it. It’s not just going to surprise you one day while you’re shopping at a department store!
You can take action to find what inspires you by reading a magazine, catching up with friends, watching t.v., scrolling through Instagram, etc.
Then take note of those things and apply them to your closet. Strive to try something new everyday (speaking to your clothes here), take risks, and have fun. If it doesn’t work out, tomorrow is always a new day to try another new outfit!