Personal Style and How to Find It

Sitting in Hard Rock Cafe Amsterdam, waiting for our over-priced breakfasts, my boyfriend and I were chatting about personal style. Specifically, how our style reflects who we are. My personal style is a huge part of who I am, so I thought I would divulge a little on it and how I came to find it. 

Three Words to Describe My Style

Is a term I would use for my personal style. I like things to look classic. This often means very vintage and timeless pieces - but most of all black things. High necks, shirts and bardot tops are all on the list for my favourite classic pieces. These are the kind of things that you would invest in and wear throughout seasons, so you don't mind buying them because you know that you're going to get a lot of wear out of them. I think a "classic" cut of an item gives you this "vintage" vibe without looking so retro that it is a bit of a statement.

I like things to look classic, but my favourite thing to do with something that is quite classic is to mix it up with something a little out there. I love weird things and incorporating them into my outfits, especially with accessories. I LOVE patterns, particularly on my bottom half. I live for groovy skirts and funky trousers. Going to charity shops and vintage stores for this sort of thing because you can find some amazing quirky pieces for SO cheap (you could almost justify 'cheap' being a defining word for my style lmao).

If I could choose an era to live it would probably be the eighties. I love the bright colours and obnoxious designs of things. I think my love for eighties is what fuels my interest in "quirky" items. I take inspiration from New Romantics like Boy George for all the colour and wildness but also that whole witchy-hippy thing that Stevie Nicks was rocking in the eighties. What I like to do is take a certain look from the eighties and try and make it a little more tame for the everyday millennial, not too out there that it looks like you’re about to go perform a one-woman show in the Hippodrome.

Finding my Style
 The most important thing about personal style is feeling comfortable. This doesn't just mean the physicality of feeling comfortable otherwise we'd all be in leggings and hoodies. Being comfortable is more about how we feel with ourselves when we wear certain outfits or items. My favourite outfits are ones that I just feel myself in, I feel in my comfort zone. I can’t describe the feeling; you just dig it. You just feel like you are meant to be wearing that outfit over another one.
If you want to change your personal style, my top advice would be to just go with what you like. It sounds mega obvious, but I think we often get side-tracked by what is so in right now that we forget what we actually like. When you're shopping look for pieces that catch your eye - the pieces that if someone else were wearing them you'd have to ask them where they had got it from.

My final little bit of advice for finding your personal style is finding some inspiration. As I spoke about above I get a lot of my inspiration from the eighties, but I also find it from a plethora of bloggers that are hanging around on the internet (like Orion, Arden Rose, Lucy Moon, Lily Melrose). When you find some good, relevent fashion inspiration their Instagram’s become a catalogue of pieces that you can buy online and will almost definitely love.

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