After spending my teenager years wanting to wear a brand label across my shirt, to my twenties where I wanted to be on top of every “fashion” trend so that I could fit in. Then into my thirties when I started really coming into my own personal style (and lets face it - finally feeling comfortable in my own skin). Style has meant so much to me over the years, that I really wanted to figure out what it has all been for.
I feel like personal style is a journey. Just like so many of the lessons we learn throughout our lives - what we wear is ever evolving and growing. If there is one thing I will be taking with me into my forties, and throughout the rest of my life - style is not about following fashion trends, it is about finding a style that gives you confidence & joy, while telling people what you stand for.
I recently had a twenty-something tell me that my skinny jeans were aging me. She explained that all the girls in their twenties are wearing wide leg pants now. I had to politely (okay maybe not politely…) tell her that I had no interest in looking exactly like my mother in the nineties.
I have found garments that look good on my body. When I put them on I feel confident, beautiful and comfortable.
I don’t think that I would listen if I went back in time to my teens or twenties and told my younger self; “Don’t follow these silly trends! Be yourself! Wear things that look good on you!” I would have rolled my eyes and gone back to living my life like I was immortal and un-aging.
But I think it is important for anyone who is questioning their own personal style to ask these questions:
- Does this garment make me feel confident?
- Do I feel joy when I wear this out?
- Can I wear this for years to come and will it last?
- Am I comfortable in it?
They may seem simple, but I think they are the basis for having a wardrobe and style that reflects who you are. Most importantly, buy clothes that can compliment numerous outfits and that will be a classic style forever.
My new motto is ‘Buy Quality. Buy Less.’ Look for garments that are well made, with high-quality fabrics that will last you for years to come. And of course - look for sustainable brands. It takes a little more time, but here is a guide I wrote about How to Shop Sustainably.
Don’t let trends dictate your style. Be who you are. Trust me - when you wear things that make you feel beautiful - you will be beautiful.
-Krystle Snow from Lennard Taylor Design Studio