Since I was small, I have adored fashion. I love everything about it – the clothes, the accessories and putting everything together. I have learnt a lot about it in the past few years, and have developed my own style that I feel strays away from the typical teenage girl you now see walking around town. I am not a trainer and crop top kind of girl; I really enjoy putting items together based on what is on trend in the moment and pieces that I genuinely like. I have more of a mature style, going for items that can often seem appropriate for someone older, but making them work for me. I like staying on track with the trend, but there are a few staple pieces in my wardrobe which have earned themselves a firm place. I have a lot of clothes, and have quite a fast turnover with high street pieces that were only deemed in fashion for a matter of weeks. However, my style is largely based on trends that have travelled through the generations. I don’t wear something because someone may say that it is ‘old fashioned’ or ‘mumsy’. I wear what I like, and enjoy going by the more traditional rules of fashion.
“Everyday is a fashion show, and the world is your runway” – Coco Chanel
I have learnt a few key things about what I wear over the years, starting from what my grandma taught me, to what I now see being worn by inspirational people in the industry. In fact, my grandma definitely was the person who taught me the basis of everything. Even now, I still go to her for advice and to see if something looks okay, as she does with me. My style is very much passed down from her, only I have given in more of an edge suitable for my age. As well as my grandma, I also look at other peoples style such as bloggers, models and celebrities. I find bloggers really easy to relate to, as their style is often much more relatable and easy to recreate in real life. That is why I love blogging, you really can adapt most of peoples advice to suit you… the majority of the time. With regard to models, I take fashion advice from the real them. I don’t look at what they’re wearing on the catwalk because 9/10 times it really isn’t appropriate clothing to wear out in public. I follow their social media and see what they’re wearing in everyday situations to see how they adapt what is on trend to real life.
I am going to share the eight things that I would say are really important in fashion, helping you to develop your own style and not just conform to what society says is right at that moment in time. It is okay to be different!
Understand Your Shape
The first step is to know what suits you. I have a very hourglass shape, where my hips go in a lot, and I have more curves on my hips and top of my legs. I am comfortable in my body, but also understand that there are certain items that really don’t flatter me at all. I find with my figure I should always go for more fitted clothing on my top half and divert more attention away from the bottom. Apart from jeans, I also know that trousers don’t really do my legs any justice unless I am wearing heels, and wearing very loose fitted clothing often doesn’t do me any favours. This is all just for me, and everybody is different, but it is all about learning which styles are right for you. I really wish I could pull off that casual off duty trouser look, but I just can’t.
Find your shops
As with understanding your shape and style choices, you then can learn about the right places to shop. All the high street brands follow similar styles and trends, but they do all differ in some way. Sizes are often different in different shops and they all appeal to different people. Personally, the high street shops that work best for me are usually New Look, Oasis, Warehouse and Zara – they all just seem to have styles that suit me and work. I would have to say that Topshop is the shop that never works for me, the sizes are always too small and really don’t flatter natural curves.
What is your colour?
Colour is the thing that I try to experiment with the most, but I always just go back to what suits me. Naturally I feel my skin tone and body shape works best with darker colours such as black, tan and especially grey. These colours all work well as a basis for every outfit, and are brought together perfectly with small pops of colour. I like to branch out occasionally and try new things, but when I do I often just feel less confident and slightly insecure. I do find it a lot easier in the summer to wear more colour, but even then I am often yearning to just get back to what I know best. A lot of people I know really pull of other colours such as red, white and pink but my light skin tone really doesn’t bode well.
3 colours or less
This is the first thing my grandma taught me when I started to choose my own clothes, and I still agree to this day. When I choose an outfit, my goal is always to never have more than three colours. When you go over this it often starts to look disorganised and messy. Keeping to the limited number means that everything comes together much more easily and an outfit works pretty much 99% of the time. Having said that, the three colours also have to work together. If you had an outfit with black, navy and grey it just probably would look a bit weird. That’s me being a perfectionist but there are some colours in my mind that really don’t go. My pet hate has to be blue and black. Never has gone together and never will!
Style & Shoes
To me this is something that probably changes regularly, and I get most of this from bloggers. Two examples – in my mind, wearing jeans to the ankle and trainers never works, as I feel you need a cropped jean or trousers to pull it off. When I picture it in my head, I just see the legs looking really dumpy because they are being completely cut off by a shoe that covers the feet. I occasionally wear the combination for work, but never feel completely comfortable. The second combination that I don’t get it dresses with boots, but this summer I have seen so many bloggers completely pull it off. To me dresses are for summer and boots are for winter, so bringing them together just doesn’t make sense? I tried the combination myself, and it just looked so ridiculously silly. My legs looked short and it just didn’t work. I guess what I’m saying is that certain style don’t work for everyone, so just because a blogger can pull it off doesn’t mean you can, or vice versa.
That awkward time between summer and autumn, winter and spring etc… when you’re either too hot or too cold and just simply don’t know what to wear. I would say my best advice to offer is layers. Layers can be removed to suit you, so if it looks warm, wear a light top but take a jumper or cardigan just in case. In the transition between winter and spring it is often a good idea to still wear a light scarf as well as either a leather jacket or some kind of suede. This is lighter, as in it won’t keep you warm in the winter, but may do the trick as the weather slowly starts to warm up. I would say transitional styling is best learnt from celebrities caught in magazines, as remember bloggers plan when to take photos and go out, freeze to death for about an hour then go home to the warm. Bloggers outfits are not always practical, and often are just for photo purposes. I myself am so guilty of this!
Let’s talk about all those hideous Michael Kors dupes. If I’m being completely honest, we all know that I have a lovely Chanel dupe that I bought a few months ago, but there is one reason I bought it. OMG it looks real! When I saw it I instantly knew how amazing it was, but didn’t commit straight away. I spent the rest of the week on my girls holiday looking at the real deal. I mainly looked at photos of bloggers with theirs, as well as any images I could find on google. I looked at every single detail and the only thing I could criticise was the quality of the strap. It is a pretty good one, which I why I finally decided to buy it on the last day. I think if you research it properly, then dupes are more than okay, but the ones that are so obviously fake make me really sad! I can always tell if something is fake, and it instantly puts me off when I see them. I think you can get it right, you just have to be ruthless in your searching.
Luxury & High Street
Let’s talk about the balance between luxury and high street brands. One reason that I love reading other blogs is that bloggers are usually really good and creating high street outfits, with a few luxury items thrown in. Yes, I will agree that some bloggers take it too far (I have a few names in my mind right now), but on the whole bloggers are genuine and really appreciate the lovely things they buy or are gifted. I don’t disagree with spending money on expensive items at all, if you work hard then you should be able to buy what you want. However, I don’t agree with bloggers creating this image to followers that every single item you own should be designer and expensive. It just isn’t true, and the majority of the time I prefer the high street pieces to luxury ones.
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