“Wow that looks insane, but I could never pull it off.” This thought will have definitely came into your mind at least once in your life when it comes to fashion. We know our comfort zones and try to stick to them, very rarely branching out and trying new styles. Why do we do this? Why don’t we all wear what’s on the runway? Today, I wanted to explore this topic, and challenge you to really think about what style is to you.
The first thing I begin to notice when I have met someone a few times is what they enjoy wearing. Sometimes, I can be scrolling through an online shop such as ASOS, I won’t find anything for myself but I will find an entire wardrobe for my friends. So where do these obvious tastes come from? And why don’t we follow the same styles and trends? For me personally, athough I’ve always understood the basics of what I like, my style has always, and still is, continuously evolving and developing. In previous years I’d have often shied away from clothes that were a bit ‘too out there’, yet I’ve learned how to tackle that belief and give myself so many more options with my clothing without taking any consideration as to what others will think or say, so here is why and how it’s happened.
There are many different factors other than ourselves that come into the development and shaping of our fashion sense, which usually takes place in our early teen years. These are often things such as friends, school, trends, hobbies etc. As we are practically new to the world, especially the fashion industry, we’re basically headless chickens in this situation. There may have been times where you have bought something because everyone else in school had it, or your very trendy friend had it, or it’s considered the ‘new thing’. You might not even like it yourself, but you wear it because you’ve been told that it’s what’s hot at the minute. The same rule can be applied when it comes to why we don’t like to try new things, often from the fear of not fitting in or being teased, even possibly being bullied for the way you dress. This still happens when you’re in your late teens, your 20s, even going up to your 30s and 40s. However, it’s not the trend in school that’s making you buy it, it’s the trend in fashion that’s making you buy it.
One clear thing stands out when you compare the last decade in fashion to any decade in the past 100 years, it’s been boring. From 2005 to 2015, there was nothing new, bold or exciting about fashion. With the major development in technology happening at this time, big designers spent more time branding themselves to earn more money than actually thinking and designing well made clothes. The same style jeans, shirts, dresses and shoes had been repeated year after year, focusing on making money from wealthy, beautiful young women who just wanted the label and were willing to pay any price for it. So of course, we had been brought up in a world where there were no standout cuts like in the 70s, or wild patterns and bright colours in the 80s, just very boring ‘fashion’.
So where does that put us now? Well as you can probably tell from magazines, adverts or social media, we’re finally moving away from this plain phase and beginning to have fun with fashion again. Thanks to the likes of Alessandro Michele, social media and the history books for bringing us back to a brighter, happier time in fashion, and opening our eyes by giving us more opportunities to actually enjoy what we buy. Seriously, how many hours do you spend a day looking through Instagram, searching and stalking other girls profiles just to dig their outfits?
To sum up, we’re back to a time where you can wear whatever you want and show off whatever type of character you are as a person. Anything is a bold look in this modern day, if you can pull off jeans and a hoodie and feel confident in it, trust me it will show and you will look flawless. If you’re a guy and you want to wear a bright pink floor length dress because you know you can wear it, 100% do it, there’s nothing stopping you. There’s one quote I always hear when it comes to fashion and that is ‘you wear the clothes, don’t let the clothes wear you.’ Don’t let anyone, any brand, or anything try to tell you what to wear or what not to wear, simply keep an open mind and experiment with your clothes, and don’t take it too seriously.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading through this rather long post, I definitely enjoyed writing it! X