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Personal Style

Today is the worst kind of Monday - the kind where you go back to work after a week off. So today I'm going to need an extra dose of motivation to get me through. After writing about falling out of love with sewing last week, I’ve been devouring Fashion Week looks and evaluating pieces within my own wardrobe, what I love and what I need.

So this week I’m thinking about personal style, its importance and what it means to our wardrobes.

I actually started writing something about personal style over a year ago. I remember being inspired by the MR writers' prompt and knew it was something I wanted to talk about but I could never quite get into words because there are so many angles I could approach it from. But here is one of them...

At its core style is what can define a person and help make first impressions. Some people are blessed with knowing what works from the get go and sticking to it, while for others it can be a journey.

If you google personal style you will find countless articles helping you to find and define your personal style and it seems that there is this idea that in order to be your best self you must know what it is.

The rise of the capsule wardrobe and the idea of limiting yourself to certain pieces in your wardrobe ties in to this need to know your personal style - because let’s be honest how can you create a wardrobe that only consists of 50 pieces (or less) if you don’t?  The trend of minimalism does not lend itself to experimentation, especially when it comes to clothes. Don’t get me wrong, capsule wardrobes sound wonderful in principal but I don’t think they’re for me. We are a generation fuelled by the idea that we need to have it all figured out: from careers, life goals and now even to our wardrobes.

I think my personal style is quite strong. People I know will tell me that a certain thing is very 'me' and, ultimately, I know what I like. Over the years I’ve experimented with my personal style and it’s changed a lot. From the emo/goth looks when I was a teen to the mod looks when I started uni. When it came to clothes when I was younger, I wasn’t afraid to try new things outside of the realm of my personal style. As I've got older I'm less inclined to do so and this is something I want to work on.

Of course having a personal style has its benefits. It makes it easier to know what works for you, to choose styles and have a cohesive wardrobe that works together. It’d be utter madness to just have a random collection of clothes that in no way come together or even suit you (sorry if that’s you but do hit me up I’d love to help!)

I’m in no means advocating buying or making things just for the sake of it. But there’s no harm in trying something new. I think I’d like to coin the term 'conscious maximalist'. When I think about my lifestyle and my wardrobe, I want to try different things and I want to try different styles. We can often be clouded by the idea that something new won’t work or won’t suit you. All those thoughts do are hold you back because you don’t know till you try it.

Do you have a personal style? Are you happy with it? If you were to experiment with a new style what would it be?

I pretty sure everyone went and listened to this when it was first announced but in case you didn't, give yourself the only Monday moment you'll need by listening to The Fringe of It, the podcast from Charlotte Jacklin and Liv Purvis.  Ultimate gal-pal goals right there.
Follow the links to find the images above.
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Make It
| Buy It | Be Inspired
And if you need further proof that it's time use a boiler suit to experiment with your personal style, then check out my Pinterest board.
Aged 21 I attended LFW with front row seats, chauffeur and all. It will be an experience that will never happen to me again so each Fashion Week season I follow vicariously through Instagram stories and online sites. Here are my favourite places for your Fashion Week fix.
I'm not sure when Man Repeller isn't a source of inspiration but what I love about the site during Fashion Week are its think pieces. I enjoyed this one about wearing the same outfit and Leandra Medine's Fashion Week diary.
2- Elle
If there is one thing about Fashion Week that is better than the runway shows it has to be the street style. It's the perfect place to gain inspiration that can translate to your own wardrobe, most of the time at least. Elle's website is one of my fave places to gain some inspo. 
3- The Business of Fashion
And of course what we are really after are the looks from the runway. Gone are the days when they would be an illustrious secret and instead we are able to feel like we are actually there. My favourite place to find all the looks is BoF, easy to navigate and comprehensive.
 
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