STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Enduring Style

Style Advice of the Week

How would you describe your style? Would you say it’s preppy or punk? Goth or girly? What about bohemian or surfer girl?

Style is a key trait to anyone’s character. It’s a creative outlet, first impression and, most importantly, a way to tell someone about yourself without having to say a word. Since style is such an impressionable factor in everyone’s presentation of themselves, it’s difficult to really, truly identify with one particular category of style when everyone’s personality and characters are so diverse. That’s why it’s important to take your favorite elements from each particular style and combine them to make your own personal style that you can completely call your own.

This Fashionista exemplified the art of combining styles to create one that is completely unique. A fan of thrift shopping, this Fashionista found this floral dress at a thrift store, fitting her perfectly and giving off a girly, grandma vibe a la Alexa Chung. She paired her dress with oversized, black cardigan that helped keep her warm when the autumn winds pick up. This Fashionista accessorized with glam silver jewelry, with dainty yet pretty rings that embellished her hands. She also opted for grungy yet comfortable military boots and wore black tights that gave the whole look a feminine edge. Describing her style as guided by color and patterns but also dependent upon neutrals, this Fashionista has definitely perfected her own personal style by wearing pieces she really enjoys despite whether they fit into one style category.

Instead of falling into the rhythm of the ever-changing trends of each fashion season, adapt your style to ones that already exist, and don’t be afraid to borrow from others. Really love that floral mini dress? Why not pair it with your cool, structured army jacket? Want to wear that tulle midi skirt? It would look great with a graphic top.

Just because there are categories of style does not mean you have to identify with just one. Style is all about wearing what makes you feel best. Try to avoid categories and specific selections; because you never know what piece you may fall in love with next.

After all, as Coco Chanel once eloquently said, “Fashion changes, but style endures.”

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