Style is what happens to you. It is innate and the most organic and natural phenomenon. Let your style happen to you. Let life begin to show on you, allow nature to take its course and then adjust, modify, accept what you are and make it the best. But there is an ingredient that I believe is often overlooked and seems to be at the crux of defining your style, and that is honesty. You can’t know your style until you know yourself. It sounds platitudinous, yes, but clichés proliferate and become clichés because they’re true. How, after all, can you dress to reflect yourself if you’re not quite sure who you are yet? It can sometimes feel like a chicken or egg thing: does the style inform the person or the person inform the style?
No longer do we look to the collective cues implemented by an overarching fad to cull our inspiration. Here we celebrate the outlandish and the intimate, the particular and colorful while we lift our noses at the homogeneity of a uniform that hasn’t been executed personally.
Women who are known for having really, really good style aren’t iconic because they wear everything, look good in everything, and approach every trend with enthusiasm. It’s because they all have a thing — a signature quirk or predilection that they’ve championed, even when it’s uncool to do it.
My personal style is when I am exuding the most accurate version of myself. An amalgamation of fashion and comfort defines my personal style, where fashion takes a clear predominance. For me, that has to be a well fitted dress or a skirt, elaborate footwear and whimsical objects of curiosity that are sold as jewelry.
In an attempt to discover your personal style, think about when you feel like the best and most comfortable version of yourself. What clothes propel that notion? Put them on, leave home, ask yourself if you wish you were wearing something else. If you do, what is that? Try that. If you don’t, amplify! Elaborate.
Personal style is not something that is just in the air. It is something you have and that you apply to yourself.
Until next time,
Stay Stylish, Stay You
This article was originally published on Man Repeller.
All views expressed are of the writer Leandra Medine