Finding Your Style

When I was in college, I started my own personal fashion blog.  I did this for a few reasons.

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1) A grade.

2) All the cool kids were doing it.

3) I needed to find my own style.

In college (and even more so in highschool), I was all over the place.  I knew I liked unique pieces, but I didn’t yet know my defined style. I’d look at fashion bloggers who I followed, and I tried to copy their styles. I’d go to Forever21 and H&M, and I would buy new things because I thought it was new things that made a new outfit.

So I ventured off to BlogSpot. I belted things that shouldn’t have been belted, and I paired colors that I would no longer pair; but it was because of these faux pas that I developed my own style. I became my own person when I walked into my closet.

I now buy less. And when I do buy, I tend to invest in pieces because I know I will wear them.  My closet is full of hand-me-downs from friends and grandmas and clothes I’ve had since I was in high school. I used to look at these pieces with disdain thinking they were out of date and useless. It was when I came into my own that I learned how to mix them with newer pieces and spruce up the oldies.

I highly suggest documenting your own style whether that’s on a public blog, a private blog, or with Instagram polaroids. You’ll learn from your mistakes. But better yet, you’ll learn what you like and how to express your true self through your clothing.