At VA, we were discussing personal style and what it is to each of us; it’s something we often talk over. We look at fashion differently, are different ages and yet many of the same thoughts cross our minds. We are each taking a turn to break it down and think about what works for us. xv
Over to you Mary,
Have you found your personal style?
Signature style gets spoken about a lot in fashion.
Some of us may already have a solid idea of what style looks like and spotting what we do and don’t like is easy, but for some, including myself, it doesn’t come so simply.
We’re surrounded by many sources of inspiration which can make pinpointing what we actually like a little bit vague. Throw endless trends into the mix and it starts to become even more of a blur.
The places we live, our friends, the stores we have available to us and our work will all influence the way we dress. I like to think of my own personal style as an accumulation of these factors with a touch of Parisian thrown in for good measure.
The everchanging weather in the UK means I can try a number of styles and having friends in creative fields have inspired me to be adventurous. Being based in a city has meant I’m surrounded by all kinds of stores, from designer to high street to an incredible array of vintage shops. And my work has pushed me to understand and explore my style even more and always present the best version of what I deem it to be.
Although I may not be entirely settled with what I believe to be my ‘aesthetic’, my inability to define it is what keeps the journey exciting.
How Can We Find Our Personal Style
Pay close attention to what we gravitate towards is the best place to start. Is it certain colours, shapes, fabrics or people?
Seeing where these factors overlap will help to gather a mental mood board and make refining our shopping bags a little easier.
How do certain clothes make us feel? Taking time to figure out what pieces are most flattering for our body types is essential. It will allow us to make better investments and less impulsive choices.
Experimenting is key. The more styles and shapes we trial will make understanding our signature look a little easier and perhaps surprise us with pieces we otherwise didn’t think would work.
We must always be true to ourselves. There is no point trying to copy exactly but rather be inspired by other’s choices.
Don’t ever feel pinned down to a certain look. Instead, we should embrace the many things we are inspired by as that is what makes our personal style, ‘personal’.
Our aesthetics don’t need to be static, they can be forever changing, as much as we want them to.
I’ve found a lot of joy in my multi-faceted ‘signature look’ and have come to terms with being unable to sum it up in three words. My ever-changing ensembles are what I take pride in and makes dressing every morning an entertaining ritual I enjoy.
Time is our best friend and can help us not only discover ourselves and our style but also our confidence.
Staying curious and being unapologetic will ensure the journey of self-discovery is always a fun one.
I Want What Mary’s Wearing
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