There is always going to be new fashions and trends that are “so last year”, which is why developing a personal style is so important.
Fashion writer at Cosmopolitan.com.au, Nikki Kinstlinger, told The Newsroom there is a big difference between fashion and style. “Fashion is determined by certain brands and design houses and it starts from the top, on the runway, and trickles down into the stores… Style is different from person-to-person because it’s personal so it doesn’t really matter what is on the shop shelves. It’s more about how you interpret the fashion.”
Designer Diane Von Furstenberg, acclaimed ‘inventor’ of the iconic wrap dress, said that style “is accepting who you are”.
Barron Cuadro, the creator and editor of The Effortless Gent, told internet publisher Well Built Style that personal style gives you confidence. “When you’re younger, you’re more liberal with trends. You mimic what you see on the TV or internet. You want to wear what’s considered cool and popular. You’re experimental. As I got older, I learned to dress for myself, to wear what makes me happy and feel good. I realised that dressing well just to make myself feel good is what it’s all about.”
“Go out and do what you want in the way you dress,” Nikki agreed. “Having a personal style is a way for people to express themselves… and is considered an expressive art form.”
When asked “How can you develop a personal style?” Nikki drew from personal experience, “I have gone through all the trends growing up, figuring out what suits me and what suits my body from there I have created a personal style that I stick to.” She also advised to keep an eye on fashion blogs and magazines to see what is coming in for each new season and using it as inspiration to adapt into your own style.
But let’s say your personal style is monochrome colours and suddenly neon is back in… What do you do? “Don’t fall too deeply into trends,” cautioned Nikki. “You just need to learn to introduce a trend into your style in a small way. It doesn’t have to be an entire outfit, it can be a shoe or a scarf, it doesn’t have to be an entire look.”
“Don’t be afraid to change and let your style evolve, style is is developed and shows off your personality… As you change, so too does your personality, and your clothing can – and should – reflect this.”
Don’t feel discouraged though, “Personal style can take years to develop.” – Nadya Joun
Top photo by Ben Atkinson-James.