What is Style?
As fashion continues to play a more integral part of my life, I periodically receive the question, “How would you define your sense of style”? It is certainly not an uncommon question when one is a blogger per se, but I never really knew how to answer it. I felt like I could not say that I did not know and it depended on my mood… In reality, this was exactly the case.
The past year or so, I was heavily influenced by streetwear and the athleisure trend (that has yet to slow down, by the way). However, nowadays I tend to gravitate towards more polished and classic styles. Perhaps this happened naturally as I entered the workforce and was obligated to dress more professionally. But this does not mean I left my love for streetwear behind completely. I realized I balanced between the two – among other sorts of looks and inspiration. So how would one describe this sort of style?
Simply, I would have to say my sense of style is undefined. It cannot be summed up easily into a couple of keywords as it varies heavily on my mood and my environment and how I am feeling that day. Although it is abstract, I did not want to box myself in on only one option.
It’s a Digital World
Oftentimes, I wondered if constantly switching up your style was bad for your engagement (especially on Instagram). If people followed me because they found inspiration in my outfits featuring sneakers and joggers pants, did they unfollow me when I posted a photo of me in a dress a couple of days later? On the other hand, I have learned that it is best to be authentic and it is a privilege to be able to post whatever you want! I love switching up my style and this epiphany made me realize how many other people love to do so too.
Versatility is Key
Plus, streetwear and more classic outfits are different but can have similar elements. Not having a defined sense of style actually encouraged me to be more creative as I found parallel between the two. For instance, a pair of faux leather leggings can be worn with a graphic t-shirt and a pair of sneakers to channel an urban vibe. Or the leather leggings can be worn with a blazer and a pair of kitten heels. Similarly, a distressed pair of girlfriend jeans would look killer casual or dressed up! One day you can wear this distressed pair of girlfriend jeans with an oversized bomber and the next day you could wear it with a cozy turtleneck and ankle boots!
I truly believe we should all feel comfortable expressing ourselves through our clothing, whether that means sticking to the same style or having the ability to try out a different style everyday! We should not shy away from what makes us feel good. Embrace it!