Fashion mistakes, where do I even begin? There’s too many to count, especially back when I wasn’t particularly interested in fashion. Yes, I wanted to look good, but my definition and your definition may differ.
As Iris Apfel would say, more is more, less is a bore, but pretty sure I took it to the extreme. I once mixed a lilac ruffle dress, jeans with floral embroidery and a denim jacket. Not sure what my thought process or inspiration was behind this look. Perhaps I was slightly influenced by My Sweet Sixteen, who remembers that series on MTV?
That was just the beginning. I’ve clashed prints, worn a satin blazer with a loud turtleneck and even unsuccessfully mixed styles. Through all those moments, one thing was constant, my opinion of my style was positive. I believed I looked good. Which leads me back to personal style. Like anything else in this world, styling takes practice. It’s inevitable that we’ll make mistakes, but don’t let that deter you.
As we grow as individuals so does our style, the message we want to portray changes. Fashion has the power to transform. A sleek black blazer can boost confidence at work, a floral skirt can be a mood booster. It all depends on what you want to say, how you want to feel. There’s a disconnect when we wear clothing that doesn’t match our inner selves. No matter how wild your style can be, never tame it down. You weren’t born to blend in.
It took a while, but I found my personal style. Colours and prints always catch my attention. Detailing is essential to me, from tucking in every top to having matching nails. Oversized silhouettes for outerwear, switching between sharp tailoring and wide-leg pants. Cropped tops, blouses and graphic t-shirts are in constant rotation. If a dress is involved, it’s typically a wrap or maxi. I finally understand what works for my body, what makes me beautiful and increases my confidence. What fashion mistakes have you made?
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