What is style for you? I read somewhere that it’s a simple way of saying complicated things. I partially agree, but I still feel like this definition is incomplete. Yes, we do use style to communicate complicated things, but isn’t style itself complicated as well? As it is a very personal thing that grows and develops throughout your life, I wouldn’t really describe it as simple. To me its simplicity might be connected to the fact that great style might seem effortless. You send a message to the world with what you’re wearing and how you’re carrying yourself and sometimes a practiced eye can read more from that than out of any words. I would say that, for me, style is a journey of self discovery that helps us figure out who we are and how we want to communicate that to others.
Fashion and style usually go hand in hand and I feel like people sometimes confuse the two. Fashion is like a pan that helps you draw the image that you want. Fashion will offer elements that may or may not fit into your style. Style, however, is a bigger picture. That’s why I love the quote by Yves Saint Laurent: “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” I feel as nowadays we are becoming more and more uniformed because people put accent on fashion and forget about the personal style. The internet, Instagram, celebrities, paparazzi, and fast fashion might be part of the reason. If you are busy chasing trends and trying to fit yourself into what’s in right now, your style will suffer. It will not get a sufficient dose of vitamins to grow and develop. Finding oneself in terms of personal style often requires us to make mistakes while experimenting. People nowadays are too afraid to do that. Did fashion really become scary and stopped being fun? Get liberated and don’t take fashion too seriously. Have fun and enjoy yourself and be playful. Whatever you decide to wear and whatever you want to be, just don’t let fashion scare you into being “blah”. You are so much more than that, so why not show it through your style? And with apologies to legendary Diana Vreeland, I must finish by saying that the opposite of good style is not bad style; it’s no style at all.