How my fashion sense has developed is something I’ve wanted to write about for a while. My interest in fashion and beauty has been rapidly growing over the past few months, I’m not sure why that is but I think having more confidence might have something to do with it. I’m trying out new styles, patterns, textures, colours (I’ve never done done colour before!).
Let’s go back a few years
In my teenage years I was a total emo, although I think I’m still ‘alternatively’ influenced. Like most people I totally cringe at that word, but it’s true – I love vintage shopping, I’m into pop-rock and electronic music mostly, I have an ever growing stack of band t-shirts and second hand vinyl, I enjoy gigs (but I don’t go to half as many as I used to). I’m totally going off on a tangent here but I think I’m just trying to express how it influences my lifestyle. I definitely have and probably still avoid the mainstream high street dress code.
I take influence from all different era’s of style. In my late teens / early twenties I became obsessed with old movies. I adored (and still do adore) the classic chic way actresses such as Audrey Hepburn dressed. Elegant ladylike styling paired with red lipstick is always a good look. There is a place and time for this way of dressing, for me it’s date night – when you want to look that bit more womanly and feminine. I like to play around with new fashions and styles that are influenced by yesteryears but have adapted and evolved.
Nowadays, I look to bloggers for my daily dose of fashion inspo – I find myself mainly drawn to bloggers with an arty, colourful and loud dress sense. These fabulous ladies spring to mind – Just A Uniform, Helen Anderz, Megan Ellaby, Forever Yours Betty & Life With Maria.
Incorporating classic items into my wardrobe
I love converse, I recently updated my collection with a funky pair that have a shiny silver finish. I bought a black vinyl jacket but it has an extra detail of a lilac fur collar. I have a stripy jumper that features bold purple cuffs.
When I stop to reflect on my fashion choices of recent weeks I realise that I’m always looking for key pieces and classic items that offer something a bit extra. This is probably why I hate (loathe) buying a new pair of black skinny jeans or that plain grey coat that I need for other things to ‘go with’. They aren’t different enough, they don’t offer me a new look so to speak. Of course everyone needs those essential key pieces but I find them a bit of a bore and struggle to part with my hard earned cash buying them.
A change in me
Confidence is never something I’ve had an abundance of BUT believe it or not social media has had a profoundly positive effect on me (there are some good things about our lives being put on the net, I promise). It’s helped me to connect with girls who have similar interests and tastes to me, we’ve created our own little girl gangs, support networks, whatever you wanna call it, and I really do feel the love every time I put out new fashion/beauty content.
I started YouTube-ing a couple of years ago, it’s something I still to this day struggle with but it’s helped me get used to the sound of my own voice and it’s made me think a lot more about my image. I don’t think I’ve had a negative comment yet (I know I’m lucky, and I’m really not meaning to boast btw, it’s probably because I don’t have that many subscribers haha) and the positivity has been so uplifting. Instagramming, vlogging, blogging and generally sharing online has helped me to become who I am and be happier in my own skin (even if sometimes I do compare myself, who doesn’t?).
My love of colour
I’m still a bit reserved when it comes to colour at times, I’m not quite at colour clashing confidence level but I’m actually choosing and wearing colourful pieces and that’s a biggie for me style wise. Black does nothing for my complexion, it drains me, plus I’m sick of noticing every cat hair Kit’s ever so kindly covered my clothes in!
I don’t know why I’ve had such a massive change of heart where colour is concerned but I guess it’s a mixture of influence, experimentation and knowing what colours suit me the most.
Online shopping is the best
I shop online a fair bit, I online window shop even more. Having access to a million different looks at your fingertips is really inspiring. ASOS (you’ve probably heard me rave about ASOS a lot lately) is undeniably my favourite place to shop. They stock unique brands like Lazy Oaf, The Ragged Priest and Daisy Street, all of which I don’t have access to unless I take a trip down to London. Not to mention they also offer premier delivery (which is next day delivery) for only £9.95 for the whole year! Oh and free returns, meaning you don’t have to faff around paying to return your items if they’re not quite doing it for you.
Shoes: Converse All Star Ox Platform Metallic Trainers
Jacket: Urbancode Vinyl Hi Shine Coat with Faux Fur Collar
Jeans: New Look Black Ripped Skinny Jeans
Socks: Ebay White Fishnet Socks
T-shirt: Zara ‘Think Big’ White T-shirt
Thanks for reading as always you lovely lot,