How can you be truly authentic in this day and age? When we’re constantly bombarded with pictures and videos telling us what to buy, what to wear and how we should BE (Instagram, I’m looking at you).
I remember when I was a teenager, I felt so lost and had no idea what my identity was. I saw all the girls around me dressing in cool and expensive sporty clothes but I didn’t have enough money to buy any. Also, deep down, I knew I wasn’t that interested in what they were wearing anyway (McKenzie hoodies? No thanks!) I took Fashion & Textiles classes at school and used those practical lessons to design and sew the kind of clothes I wanted to wear (smart eh? Two birds with one stone and all.)
When university came around, I found myself experimenting with mainstream fashion in an attempt to fit in. But I still didn’t feel like me. It wasn’t until I subconsciously started doing the things that I’m about to share with you, that I realised what my real fashion style was.
And the thing is, many would say that fashion is not really an important issue. Or that there are more important things to be concerned about in the world. But I genuinely believe that the way you dress can change the way you think and feel about yourself. Which in turn boosts your confidence and overall mood.
So how can you find your own unique sense of style? Read on to find out.
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1. STOP LIVING IN YOUR COMFORT ZONE
What I’ve found mostly with the girls that have told me that I’ve inspired them to dress in their own unique style, is that almost all of them were buying and wearing clothes that they deemed easy and fail safe. By this, I mean mostly black-coloured clothing. Now I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with dressing in head to toe black, but is that really what you want? I own maybe 1-2 black clothing items in my wardrobe because the colour does not appeal to me. To me, it’s not a challenge because black is easy to match with black. It doesn’t make you stand out and it’s easy. Simply put, black just doesn’t allow me to express my creative side.
2. STOP CARING WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK
So many of us live in constant fear of what other people will think. And the thing is, our time on Earth is so short. And life is so precious! Why waste it on other people? I say be selfish in this and dress how you truly want to dress. Removing all thoughts of what people will think or what they might say to you. The only person you need to live with every day, is yourself. So I say take care of number 1 first.
3. DETOX AND THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU REALLY WANT
Like I said earlier, it’s seriously so easy for us to get sucked into the latest fads and trends and start jumping on those bandwagons. But before you do, think for yourself : “do I truly want to wear this, or am I just buying it because of the hype?”
4. DON’T TRY TO BE SOMEONE THAT YOU’RE NOT
Above all else, stay true to yourself and don’t feel pressured by others or by what’s trending. Heck, I say set your own trends! You can lie to everyone else, but you can’t lie to yourself. Wear things that you truly like and that make you feel good. Don’t try to dress a certain way in order to pretend to be a certain type of person.
So there you have it. My 4 ways of finding your unique sense of style. Once you’ve nailed your personal style, shopping online and in-store will be a breeze. You’ll be able to filter out the things you like from the things you hate immediately. When I walk into stores, I can straight away pick out the things I think I’ll like without spending hours browsing. And as soon as I put something on, I can immediately tell myself “heck yes!” or “heck no”. Also, if it’s a maybe, then it’s usually a no too!
I hope that helped. Let me know in the comments which tip was your favourite, or if you have any tips of your own to share!