Saturday, 14 November 2015

DISCOVERING YOUR OWN STYLE


Being only 21 years old, I'm no expert on 'finding yourself' as I'm probably still going through that process myself. But I do know that over the past year when it comes to fashion and personal style, I've definitely got more of a taste of what I like and don't like to buy and wear. I think it's great that there are so many different styles, trends and tastes out there in the world of fashion and that everybody is an individual with unique style. One of the most important things I've come to realise, is that if you're not comfortable wearing something then it's obviously not something that is right for you - and I don't mean 'comfortable' as in slouchy lounge wear kinda comfy...I mean comfortable in who you are and what style you're trying to pull off. There's no point in following the latest trends and buying what everybody else is buying if 1) you don't actually like it and 2) if you don't feel like 'you' when wearing it. 

Over the past couple of years I've spent my time looking at other bloggers and celebrities and aspiring to look exactly like them (which a lot of young girls do). But now I'm a bit older I've come to the realisation that they are their own person, and I should also be my own person. It's absolutely fine having celebrity style inspirations but it's not healthy to focus on completely looking like them because obviously thats never going to happen! Just because they're wearing something, doesn't mean you also have to...because actually, what might suit them might not suit you in the same way. It's all about learning to dress for your body shape and enhancing your favourite parts of your body because then you will feel comfortable and more confident.

I've started to notice in my own style, that I tend to gravitate towards neutral colours and stay away from bold patterns and bright colour. This might sound really boring when imagining my grey, black, white and beige wardrobe, but its what I like and what I feel most like 'me' wearing. I also like to mix up textures in my wardrobe, and so even though I've got about 6 cream or black jumpers, actually each one has a different composition and texture to them, and they eat fit me differently. I'm very much into layering different textures and keeping things very simple with colours and patterns. I don't really own anything that has a 'pattern' on as such, but if I do then they tend to be monochrome or neutral colours...because it still keeps the outfit looking simple and chic.

Sometimes I feel as though I should 'branch out' a bit or 'step out of my comfort zone' when it comes to my style, but then I also don't see the point in buying a bright red, patterned top when I'm probably only going to wear it once. I'd much rather create a wardrobe of more timeless and simple pieces that I can wear differently and accessorise, rather than lots of things that don't go with anything. But thats my personal style preference...I love seeing different styles and people that can pull off amazing colours and patterns and you shouldn't be afraid to wear bolder items if thats what you are more drawn to. You shouldn't have to follow the latest trends and change your style for the current season if you're happy in how you look. If next Spring/Summer the latest trend is to wear all things yellow, then I wouldn't follow it. I'm much happier sticking to my colour palette of clothes with the one or two statement pieces. Don't feel pressured into being somebody that you're not and don't be afraid to show your personality through your style either.

Below I thought I'd share with you a few photos of my style and a few of my 'fashion inspo' photos from my Pinterest boards so that you can really see what my style is like. I feel a lot happier and content with myself over the past year just by accepting what my personal style is and not feeling the pressure to change it even if sometimes it may appear boring to some people. I hope that you are happy and comfortable in your chosen style...and if you're not then it's probably because you're still discovering what is it...which is fine!! I've spent a lot of time looking back on pictures of myself and thinking 'what the hell was I thinking wearing that' but it's good to experiment to see what you like and what you don't.

My style (lots of the same colours): 







My Pinterest fashion inspiration:










What is your go-to style? 
I'd love to know what your favourite colours to wear are and items that you always seem to be drawn to....

Emily
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