A successful American entrepreneur once stated that we are the average of the five people who we spend the most time with. It takes little more than some self-reflection to realize what profound truth that statement holds. In early childhood, the people who most shape our behaviour are usually our closest family members — conversely, as we grow older we strive to be increasingly independent. Nowhere is this route to independence more evident than during the college years, which mark a drastic shift to a sphere of influence dominated by our five closest friends, rather than our families. Whether studying, eating or enjoying a night out, it’s rare that someone will be caught without one these friends by their side.
That then bates the question: how deep does the influence of these five people really run? Although impromptu philosophical conversations in the middle of the night may lead you to life-altering outlooks, the first changes that our friends influence tend to be a bit smaller in scale. Certain habits are particularly easy to pick up on — including simple actions like lip-biting, or certain phrases and expressions used during speech. What’s remarkable is that these small habitual changes often develop unnoticed — and by the time we do notice them, breaking the habit isn’t easy. Small mannerism aside, our closest friends have the potential to impact several other aspects of our persona, including our everyday sartorial choices. This week’s Fashionistas are proof that sometimes your best style inspiration can be your best friend.
With matching color palettes of black and brown hues, these Fashionistas immediately caught my eye at one of Montreal’s busiest intersections. Their ensembles show enough similarity to look cohesive and give an immediate impression of a close friendship, yet they still manage to style themselves in a way that reflects their individuality. They look as if they’re inspired by each other’s style, without sacrificing their own sartorial perspectives in the process. Since spring hasn’t yet sprung in this city, both Fashionistas opted for black winter coats accordingly. Although the two are equally chic, the shorter puffer jacket is the perfect transition piece into the slightly warmer weather conditions that spring will hopefully soon bring. Aside from their complementary color palettes, these Fashionistas both decided to channel animal-inspired trends. One did so by showcasing the majestic fur collar of her coat, while the other chose instead to wear a fierce leopard print scarf. Even their shoes showed semblance, as they both opted for wedge heel booties. Like many other Fashionsitas, I’m enamored with the idea of finishing off an outfit with a Louis Vuitton handbag. However I also wholeheartedly appreciate the perfect final touch provided by a beautifully done manicure. Overall, très magnifique!
In neuroscience it’s said that neurons which fire together, wire together — well in fashion, friends who style together, stay together. If you’re ever feeling stuck for inspiration, there may be five perfect sources closer than you think. After all, what’s a good friend without a few sartorial benefits?