For some time now, I’ve been wanting to chat with you all about my personal style and the changes you may have noticed since I first started sharing aspects of my life online. Today felt like the perfect opportunity, as it ties in wonderfully with the photos in this post – a couple of weeks ago, I spent the day shooting in Manchester city centre with incredibly talented photographer Jack Gracie. You can find many more photos from the shoot on my Instagram page too!
When I first started posting content online, I was a teenager whose wardrobe was limited to black, more black and perhaps a dash of fuchsia pink to add to my rock chic ~aesthetic~. As I moved into my early 20s, my clothing choices started shifting to include a few more prints (largely animal prints) and some more outlandish items too…all still in keeping with that alternative vibe. There were times when I loved my look and many occasions where it frustrated me – I perhaps clung on a little too long to some elements of those styles which I felt ready to move away from.
Around the ages of 24/25, I started to open my mind a little more to the possibility of change. For a long time I’d put myself into somewhat of a box, and felt I was almost betraying my own personal style if I stepped outside of the ‘alternative’ confines, but I started to realise I enjoyed mixing things up. I felt happy wearing a Vivienne Westwood dress whilst clutching my Hello Kitty phone case, or pairing a pastel blazer with killer studded heels. In short, I decided to ditch my own ‘rule book’ and start wearing what I loved, and accepted that in many ways I’d evolved, grown up, changed, transformed…and in a couple I hadn’t. And that was OK!
2017 has actually been an amazing year for me in terms of discovering (and rethinking) my personal style. I have massively branched out in terms of where I look for both clothing and style inspiration, and I have platforms like Instagram to thank for much of that. I can happily match a tailored jacket like the one in this post with these wacky glitter shoes and metallic detail jeans and feel confident in my own style. I know I’m still an alternative rock kid at heart, and there are days when I do love nothing more than wearing a studded faux leather jacket with a vampy lace dress and platform creepers, but for me it’s the freedom element that I adore most. The freedom to be creative and the freedom to construct my own style without having to worry about putting myself into a category.
I know this may sound a little silly, but there was quite a long time when I felt nervous to change my personal style for fear of ‘letting down’ people who’d followed me for years and felt familiar with my grungy look. I would have hated anyone to accuse me of ‘selling out’ or becoming too ‘normal’ (whatever any of these things really mean!). But I soon realised I was being less authentic by still pretending to love wearing skulls on EVERYTHING than by accepting I’d moved on and liked other things too, now. I’ve had some awesome feedback since posting more frequently on the fashion side of things, and as I mentioned in my last post it’s something you’ll be seeing much more of!
I would love to know about your own experiences of rethinking and changing your personal style – did you find it strange, challenging or just super exciting?
Sunglasses: Topshop (same style but in blue)
Shoes: Francesca’s Las Vegas (in store)