We’re constantly told that fashion is about belonging to a certain group of people, that it’s only concerned with what rules you adhere to and who you choose to follow. We’re constantly told this because it’s the only thing that will sell clothes. Retailers and designers want us to believe that if we dress like their models, we’ll look cooler than everybody else. It’s not even that this is an untruth, really. It’s more of a manipulation of the facts.
The difference between a casual fashion fan and died in the wool fashion obsessive is the awareness of this reality. Casual fans follow because they’ve been told to do so by designers and celebrities. True fashion fans know that power lies with the trendsetters. When it comes to the fashion food chain, they’re at the top of the tree. Without fashion mavens, there would be no industry. So, what do you want to be – a casual fashion fan or a trailblazing fashion leader?
When it comes to creating a statement with your personal style, there’s one hard and fast rule that shouldn’t ever be broken. Never wear anything that you’re not comfortable with, says EHow.com journalist Cheryl Starr. It doesn’t matter how fabulous that bring pink tank top might have looked on the hanger, if you’re not comfortable with the cut or the colour – you’ll stick out like a sore thumb. Personal style is all about you and what you like to wear. If you don’t feel comfortable in high heels, don’t wear them. If mini-skirts make you feel self conscious, stay away from them. Only a sheep blindly follows when told – if you don’t like a particular trend, find another that’s better suited to your personal style.
Colour is very important when it comes to making a statement with your outfit. It’s one of the easiest ways to inject personality into an ensemble and it’s one of the cheapest, too. Wearing black all of the time isn’t good for anybody – there’s no excuse for looking like you’re due at a funeral every time you step out of the house. If you’re not entirely confident with bold colours, go for statement pieces instead, says BlogHer.com expert Maegan Tintari. Invest in a bright cashmere scarf like the ones sold by luxury boutique London W11 – they’re lightweight and soft, but extremely opulent and fashionable.
According to Examiner.com journalist Leslie Meyer, one of the very best ways to make an outfit look unique is with carefully chosen accessories. There is a fine line to tread, though. You do want to choose bold statement pieces that show off your personality. However, you don’t want to overload an outfit with an armful of bangles, chandelier earrings, an ornate necklace and a head piece. It’s all about getting the right balance. Generally speaking, the more ornate and intricate an accessory happens to be – the more likely it is to work as a standalone piece. For example, chandelier earrings should never really be worn with a necklace. They’re extremely bold and they provide an outfit with more than enough glamour. It’s easy to overload on accessories, but it certainly isn’t advisable.
By all means; don’t be afraid to follow contemporary fashion trends. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with picking up on style developments and pinching ideas from the experts. Just try to remember that curious truth about fashion – it’s not really the followers who make industry changes. In order to cultivate a statement with your style, you got to learn how to be both a follower and a leader. It’s okay to be inspired by others, just as long as you’re not afraid to be you as well. If you really want to wear that floral print jacket that you found in your mum’s wardrobe, go ahead and wear it. Don’t wait for Gok Wan or Trinny and Susannah to tell you that it’s fashionable.
Sebastian is a fashion and makeup blogger with a passion for cosmetics.
Subscribe to our email newsletter.