The fashion world is everywhere, showing us what we should be wearing with each passing season. But what does that mean for personal style? How do you differentiate your personal style from the fashion world?
Personal style is your calling card. It’s the visual representation of who you are that you show to the world. And let’s be honest; it’s the first thing we see about each other, and helps us form our first snap judgement of that person. It’s the way we declare who we are before we even open our mouth.
So how is style different from fashion? First and foremost, fashion is an industry. Fashion is the sum of the creative mind of the designers, magazine editors, stylists, bloggers, and other industry professionals. The designers create, and the editors, writers, and stylists take those creations and put together a seasonal template from the trends they see and label that as the “look” for the season. It isn’t based on personal taste or self-expression.
Fashion is a reflection of many things; the state of the world, the economy, and even the state of trade. For example, if China were to have a silk fabric shortage, the designers would swing towards fabrics that are easier to obtain. Editors and stylists may have picked up on wool and twill fabric trends on the runway and then – BAM! – military inspired pantsuits are in style for the season.
Personal style isn’t subject to the same laws as the fashion industry. As individuals, we have so much more freedom with our look. We have the option to eschew fashion all together! Personal style doesn’t mean you have to follow the runway and change up your look every single time the fashion industry declares a new style for the season. Personal style means picking the items and the style that speaks to YOU, and then running with it. You are not beholden to what is created for that season; you have the freedom of items made today, last year, or even 40 years ago. Your style can be current, classic, or even retro. Whatever feels right to you.
Your personal style can change as much or as little as you want. Some people keep the same basic style while adding or changing embellishments. Others find that a fluid and evolving style best suits them. The best way to find your personal style is to ask yourself this: What makes you feel the most like you? What do you wear that makes you stand up a little straighter and puts a smile on your face? Identify those items, then build around them. That’s your personal style. And whatever it is, I can promise you that it is AMAZING.