Yes, you read that title right. Everyone does have their own distinct & unique personal style. Even the most non-fashionable “get up and throw something on” type people have a style that is all their own. Don’t believe me? Take a look around and find two people who are dressed exactly the same. Let me guess, you can’t do it? That’s because everyone has their own particular way of dressing that only they can execute.
Personal style isn’t about wearing expensive designers, following the latest trends, reading fashion blogs or magazines, or emulating celebrity style. Personal style is about expressing who you are as a person through your clothing and accessories. Think of getting dressed in the morning as putting on your armor or a uniform. What does your clothing say about you? If you wear business suits all the time, most people will think you’re a businessperson or that you work a 9 to 5. If you wear baggy jeans and white tees, people will think you’re a rapper or a “thug”. And if you wear six inch heels, an expensive designer bag, and trendy clothes, people will think you’re a fashionista who’s also very wealthy.
What’s crazy about personal style is that only “fashionistas” are celebrated and profiled on blogs and magazines. All over TV, internet, magazines, and radio there are tips and tricks for how to look your best and “dress for success”. The media and every fashion expert will encourage you to get rid of the “mommy jeans” or the t-shirt you’ve been wearing for the last ten years. But, is that realistic? Is everyone really meant to be “stylish”? And what the heck does “stylish” mean anyways?!
I say “stylish” means nothing. It’s just another way to get people to strive for a look that they can’t ever really achieve. Instead I say, wear what feels right, when you feel like it. Who cares what everyone else thinks? If you love that white t-shirt with the yellow mustard stain that your wife has been begging you to get rid of, keep it. If you adore wearing six inch heels no matter how much they make your feet ache in pain, rock em. And if you love all things gangsta and hip-hop, you may as well sag your jeans and wear a fitted Yankees hat.
I’m encouraging you to express yourself through your style. I don’t EVER want to see everyone dressed alike and please don’t ever strive to be “stylish”. Why am I encouraging this? Well, I currently live in New York City and I love that no matter how many times I go to fashion week, or how many posts I write on designers, models, and style icons or how many times I promote one of my models, stylists, or designers in their newest editorials, people will always be dressed the same. I’ll still see the older white guys wearing Polos, Dockers, and loafers; I’ll still see 18-30 year old Black/Latino males in baggy jeans, Timberlands or Jordans, and white tees; and women in the “mommy jeans” or the designer dress, bag, and heels. And I love this!
It means that everyone is different and it’s what keeps things interesting. If everyone started following every trend and listening to fashion/style blogs and magazines we’d all look alike and everything would be terribly boring. So let’s keep it fresh and unique. Wear what feels right, when it feels right, and do it because you want to. Your style tells the world who you are and you don’t want to make the wrong impression because first impressions are lasting.
And there it is. It’s LoudPen leaving you with some ink that’s “Up 4 Discussion”.
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