I haven’t always been as stylish as I am now. In fact, I didn’t have a clue. Style is your personal signature and it says more about you than you can possibly say upon meeting a new person. I didn’t always understand that there was a message behind it. Developing my signature didn’t happen over night, it was a journey.
There’s nothing majorly wrong with the photo above. It’s a photo of a girl who mathced everything and it doesn’t say anything about the girl I was then, except that I lacked a voice.
I’ve blindly followed trends based on what my Pinterest feed told me I should like. Prior to the advent of Pinterest, my influences stemmed from a multitude of pop culture references. Every day at 3:30, Carson Daly and his black pinky nail would tell me who were the top ten coolest music artists. I was only lucky enough for to catch Total Request Live and other teen influencers when I wasn’t too busy with sports, which was always. One factor has always held strong; even if my style sense resembled that of a moody adolescent vacillating between pop star bad girl and boring girl next door, I was never afraid of risks.
I bring you these photos not to poke fun at myself or anyone else who hasn’t yet found their fashionable voice, but to demonstrate the journey. So what changed?
I narrowed the statement I wanted my style to make. My style says: I am a force with which to be reckoned; I am sexy, but not for the sake of it (I won’t wear a super tight dress just because sexy is the goal); I am strong; I am creative.
While all three of these looks are very different, the woman I represent is very much the same.
I also took the time to learn how to dress for my body type. I’m short, 5’1″ short, can’t help it, but I can work with it. You can work with your body type too. Play up your best features! Here’s a post I did to get you started.
Just a change of shoes can make your legs look leaner and longer. See the rest of the details here.
Having a clear voice and a sense of what works for me have been the two greatest influences on my style. I feel like I have a style that I own and I alone can claim. Having a voice means that I’m no longer confused about what I like and I feel confident in my choices.
How did you find your sense of style?