STYLE GURU STYLE: Bravery on Your Sleeve

September 19th, 2016 at 2:00am
STYLE GURU STYLE: Bravery on Your Sleeve

I’m rich—a millionaire in fact—just not in dollars but memories. You see, I don’t have Coach, Chanel or cash that grows on trees. Every piece of jewelry or clothing I own was bought in a thrift store, passed down from my mother or discovered in a place or with a person that means something to me. For example, my cross choker represents my faith, the bullet necklace is a souvenir from a trip with one of my closest friends, my dragon charm is my favorite animal and my ear cuff reflects my love for music (all these items were less than $10 each by the way).

I don’t know or care who makes these items. Actually, that came out wrong. Kudos to the artists! What I mean is fashion is more about the art for me than the name. I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “another man’s trash is another man’s treasure?” That’s exactly what’s happened with me. What I wear is about how it makes me feel, what experiences are associated with it, and if I just really like it. It’s the thought that counts, right?

Oftentimes, I mix mismatched items and arrange them in a way that makes them look like they fit. Sometimes, I match completely like in this outfit with all black. Simple. Note: work with the natural (i.e. what you were born with). My red hair is a gift and an amazing accessory; it adds color to everything. In the end, my style represents me: undefinable, unconfineable and unpredictable. But aren’t we all? Trust me, you are.

Remember that you and I are treasure chests of strengths and imperfections—tough but sensitive, bold but impatient, edgy but simple, daring but vulnerable, caring but stubborn—and what we wear reveals every part of us. So let your style be honest. Don’t hide who you are beneath labels or brands (although there is nothing wrong with brands). Embrace your imperfections, your memories, your mistakes and your dreams by wearing them as badges of honor. “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Luke 12:34) Treasure yourself by wearing your vulnerabilities, desires and beliefs.

I wore heels, because I wanted to. It felt right. But a pair of kicks or well-loved, worn-in boots would have worked just fine too. I prefer crop tops and high-waisted bottoms because of my body shape and love of old-fashioned styles. (Note: for those women that work out and find it hard to find clothes that fit just like I do, high-waisted bottoms are your best friend). Always mix it up! Old, new, simple, bold. Never limit yourself. For this look, I chose to be brave in black.

Ultimately, be simply you, and you’ll never be anything but bold. Here are some words to live by: “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” (Proverbs 31: 25-16). Embrace your imperfections, and you’ll always wear bravery on your sleeve.