…and why it’s such a difficult (read: impossible) question to answer.
I was recently asked to define my personal style prior to a personal shopping experience and I can’t tell you how long I starred at the question, blank faced, before even attempting to put together a somewhat succinct definition. Succinct it was not, but I went for “smart casual, high street, layering and teaming mostly monochrome muted tones with a pop of colour.” Eh? I know right. What does that even mean?
The definition obviously worked since my personal shopper didn’t choose one thing I wasn’t in to, but that’s exactly it, if you’re anything like me what you’re ‘in to’ changes on a daily (sometimes hourly!) basis. I don’t have a signature aesthetic, one day I’ll be all trainers and comfy casuals and the next I’ll sacrifice comfort and warmth for fashion in a mini dress and boots that give me blisters but look bloody brilliant. OR – and more often than not – I’ll mix up two typical, definable styles with my shortest mini skirt and the baggiest jumper in my wardrobe.
Style blogs have been part of my daily routine since University and I follow a very eclectic variety; from glam girls and high-end fashionistas, to rock chicks and minimalists. I want to have my cake and eat it too, I want to be a Zara cover girl and the 6th Kardashian sister (including Kendall and Kylie obvs) simultaneously. I want to go for afternoon tea sporting my best Toff from Made in Chelsea, and then on a night out dressed like the cast of TOWIE.
Personal style is fluid, it’s flexible and changeable and there are no barriers.
There’s no dos and don’ts, no golden rules, it’s your own personal expression to explore in your own way. Those ambitious ‘I want to get out of my clothing comfort zone’ thoughts don’t always pay off and we can laugh at the photos for months to come, but when they do it’s a glorious moment when you feel like a million dollars whilst being true to yourself (which is me right now with cropped, wide leg jeans!). Honestly, the amount of times I cringe as I flick through my Instagram looking over old outfit choices, some not even that old; one culprit that sticks in my mind is the pink velvet trousers, suedette jacket and scarf combo that is just so not ‘me’ now despite being a mere few months ago.
Could it be this changeable nature that has started a move away from the term ‘fashion blogger’ and a move towards ‘personal style blogger’, because the things we wear may not be in fashion or on trend, but it’s the way we style them that makes it personal. It’s about a mixture of old and new, high street and high end, monochrome and colour, your new Topshop Jamie jeans and your Nan’s vintage cardigan.
Enough of the rambling, what I’m trying to say is be who you want to be, wear want you want when you want and don’t limit yourself to one style camp when you can dip your toes in them all! My personal style goal for 2018 is to keep it relatable, accessible and wearable whilst continuing to wear what I love, what’s yours?
Jeans – Topshop / Shirt – Topshop / Boots – Dorothy Perkins / Coat – Missguided