bySonu BohraFeb 18, 2017 #Snjoutfits 3 Likes
It was not too long ago when I wrote an article on how to discover your personal style. While I think it’s still an important building block in the puzzling world of fashion, I’ve come to question: is having a personal style still in vogue?
Yes, it has its perks, especially for the sake of sanity in the mornings. But is slotting your style into categories like bohemian, minimalist or experimental really enough? Personal style is an elusive beast at best. Besides the fact that it’s ever-evolving, I’m sure you (just like me) also appreciate a plethora of different styles. Thanks to this constant debate in my sartorial world I had a few fashion epiphanies:
It took me 30 years to come to terms with my body. I wholly accept my flaws and my curves as part of me. So much so, that now my neck lines and curvy hips no longer seem like a challenge. At this point I treat my flaws as mere facts like any other part of my body. My curves are as much as a fact as my dark brown hair: not just existent, but elemental to who I am.
This is not a talk on body-shaming but in fact a simple realisation. The moment I accepted my body type, I no longer wasted money on crop tops that depressed me. Coming to terms with your body means understanding that you need nipped-in-tailoring even on ready made garments. It means you focus on what you have rather than what you wish you had.
More than style:
Over the years I’ve learnt that while style is important, there are other correlating factors that aid in creating the perfect style statement.
Fit: Buying the right garment is an obvious choice, but it took me a while to get the right size. In fact, an accidental purchase of a pair of pants that were two sizes smaller than my usual choice gave birth to my favourite black trousers.
Fabric: Fashionable clothing does not only rely on the style and cut. Fabrics are important to ensure comfort, fit, flexibility and match. The fabric and fit combined with your preferred style will create the ideal balance.
As a blogger I regularly snapped my outfits but just recently I started seeing my outfits and style from a third person's perspective. A detached opinion helped me make changes that helped me evolve my style and experiment with new trends which I wouldn't if I was stuck in my bubble. However, despite that it's best to trust your instincts and wear what makes you feel like the best version of yourself. Whether you like a feminine-meets-classic style or a tough-meets-glamorous look: embrace your avatar. Define it and refine it, don’t fight it!
Blouse: Stevie May
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