Photography by Joe Galvin
Personal style is a funny thing, for some it's straight forward but for me it's forever changing. It's also been a real journey for me in working out what works for me. I'm naturally influenced by so many different medias, from street style to editorial features, Look book videos and blogs. It's a never ending cycling of oooh-ing and ahhh-ing over something new and my wardrobe is constantly overflowing with different patterns and textures - whilst also containing a million and one of the same item in varying shades. It can be a little overwhelming and some days, really hard to dress!
But recently I've felt like my personal style has really started to form. Documenting my outfits for the blog has really helped shape this as I get a real overview of what I like about my outfits and what really doesn't work for me. I can instantly see the items I feel truly comfortable in now and this gives me a much clearer idea of what I need in my wardrobe going forward. It also gives me an excuse to start investing in more hardwearing of special versions of my most worn pieces, as I know they'll be worth every penny and will last a life time.
Over the past month especially I feel like I've learnt a huge amount about my style and how I want my wardrobe to look going forward, so today I thought I'd share these lessons with you:
1. Just because you're short doesn't mean your hemlines need to be shorter, if anything, longer silhouettes often look better.
2. A super skinny fit is not always the most flattering.
3. Impulse purchases never work out. I now prefer mulling over a purchase for a longer period of time and midnight ASOS hauls have now been banned. The nature of fast fashion often leads to purchases that are less thought out and are less likely to stand the test of time in your wardrobe. Even shopping for basic essentials on ASOS now requires a thought out shopping list.
4. I hate prints. I buy them and NEVER wear them, no matter how wearable they are.
5. I just love heels.
6. If it doesn't make you feel a million dollars, it's not worth keeping. Even if it's a basic item that you're not fussed about. Keep looking. Finding the perfect white tee can be life changing. If that dress highlights a part of you you're not keen on, don't keep it.
7. It's okay if your personal style isn't typically stylish or overly current. I wish I looked great in prints, or suited seventies vibes. But I don't. I like clean cuts, feminine shapes, simple pieces with monochrome tones and hems that hide my least favourite parts. That's fine too.
8. I don't need any more roll neck jumpers. But I really love them.
9. Black is my winter jam and white is my summer jam and experimenting with textures will be the way forward for a monochrome lover like myself.
10. It's okay to secretly love that black faux fur yetti coat in your closet. Just because you look like you could be your Pomeranians biological parent doesn't make your look any less on point.
Et Voila! I feel like my style journey and the lessons I've learnt stem way past these ten little points, but this really is just the start. I've grown up a lot over the past year, and the way I behave towards my wardrobe has also. My approach to style feels far more holistic rather than just what is on trend right now (but don't get me wrong I still love a good trend). I'm so excited to continue documenting my outfits over the course of this year and I'm so excited for us to collectively watch how things develop!
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