Forever in Blue Jeans
For me, 2017 has been the year of Personal style. As a huge fashion lover, I have followed print and digital fashion publications from a very young age. I have always had a keen interest in reading about the latest trend pieces and seasonal style predictions. However, even with all the outfit inspiration under the sun, I found it extremely difficult to refine my very own personal style. This was until I stumbled upon The Curated Closet.
The Curated Closet by Anushka Rees is a style guide for those who “Turn their bedrooms upside down before going out or feel like they are consistently wearing the same things” and at the beginning of 2017, this was most definitely me. As I flicked through this guide, its workbook-style format prompted me to have a good old think about the colour palettes, silhouettes and styles I like to sport. The guide also nudged me to think about my style inspirations and their signature looks. With all of this in mind, I was left with a clear vision of the wardrobe I should curate to best portray my personal taste. Sounds great right? However, I was met by one huge hurdle which I just couldn’t get past – fashion fear (I’m almost certain that that’s a thing).
For years I had been inspired by the quirky retro styles of Alexa Chung and Suki Waterhouse. As I scrolled through Instagram, I would be in awe of ultra-chic fashion bloggers such as Megan Ellaby and yet think “ohh I could never get away with wearing that”. For this reason, I had always decided to play it safe and stay within my fashion comfort zone. I just couldn’t imagine myself pulling off their super cool style.
However, this is where I was oh so wrong. Actually, I could…. and releasing this has allowed me to truly embrace the retro style I have lusted over for all those years. When living in a small town, rocking up to your local train station wearing a pair of flared jeans, a leopard print fur coat and a baker boy hat is due to turn a few heads. However, as Elizabeth Gilbert wisely says “What people think of you, is none of your business”.
Since adopting this mindset, my attitude towards expressing my personal style has changed completely. As a result, I have worn some of my favourite and most “me” outfits of all time throughout 2017. These have featured quirky pieces such flared jeans, baker boy hats, PVC skirts and a beret – yep, a bloody beret. Who’d have thought it?
Another truth that I have come to terms with throughout 2017 is that you don’t have to wear crazy flamboyant outfits, designer labels or sky high heels to be a #fashionblogger. It is totally okay to love fashion, write about style and share your outfits photos whilst wearing whatever the hell you want. Personally, I have always been a huge fan of casual dressing (as you may have guessed from my Instagram snaps). Jeans and jumpers are my jam, and that doesn’t make me any less of a fashion blogger than the next girl.
Jeans – Asos
Belt – H&M
Jumper – Topshop
Shoes – Vans
Earrings – Monki
I don’t really know where I was planning on going with this, but I guess what I’m trying to say is that when it comes to fashion, caring a bit less can really do you the world of good. This is something I aim to keep in mind a little more often – in relation to all aspects of life. I hope you enjoyed this (unexpectedly) deep chat about my personal style journey. Have you ever experienced fashion fear? Are there certain pieces of clothing that you would love to wear but can’t pluck up the courage to sport?
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