VALUE OF PERSONAL STYLE
What makes fashion so great is its conveyance of mood and behavior expressed raw through one piece of clothing. As I’m getting older, I’m finding myself drawn more to the 90s fashion aesthetic with an admiration for the bohemian lifestyle.
We define fashion, it doesn’t define us.
I feel the need to blend grunge, layers, florals and paisleys with faux fur, denim or leather for the nomadic nonchalance expressed during festival season. Freedom expressed through the mixing of prints, textures and patterns for the Bohemian Rhapsody affect makes me feel like I finally found a home for my style.
This post started out about my opinions of H&M jeans but as I was writing I realized wearing those jeans actually meant more than expressing the fit. My style revelation came from literally putting on those jeans and visualizing a style for myself but always shying away from literally rocking the look.
Who would’ve thought by wearing one pair of jeans I’ll get a style revelation? Life is cool like that, those simple moments become the best and sometimes life-changing.
As I always emphasized, style is about your confidence with the wisdom and understanding to who you are a person. Beautiful thing about blogging or writing is the chance to truly learn what you like. Discovering more about yourself and comprehending how to embrace those new found revelations.
After cleaning out my closet, I saw tons of pieces never worn but mentally planned desired looks. I know exactly how to wear each piece but never had the motivation to wear them out. I’m so drawn to the nonchalant vibe, free-spirit earthy colors with delicate fabrics garnished with fringe, frills and mixed prints.
Don’t get me wrong, I like wearing the simple look of graphic tees and denim but it’s not fully my style. I always resort to t-shirt and jeans because it’s so easy for me but it’s not truly me, doesn’t speak my style language. I always opt for what’s easy to wear, similar to what I’m doing in the featured photos, it’s me but it’s not fully me.
When you box yourself, expect to not reach your potential. Limitations stop you from growing and becoming your best, it’s even worse when you do it to yourself. You can do anything you set your mind to, never have limitations when it comes to your goals.
Learn to challenge yourself, even if it’s something small.
I’m not taking the easy route anymore. I racked up a storage of images to feature on my blog and social media and I’m still posting as planned but you will see more bold looks from me.
I need to stop being shy and feeling self-conscious about my body. I promote body positivity so much on @sheiconic I need to become what I preach. You’re going to see more images of me with my afro, no makeup, minimal makeup, fun hairstyles and visual outfits that speak my personality.
Even if I start by wearing a bold skirt, the most important part is that I took the first step. Similar to my first time wearing shorts in over 10 years, I took the plunge by buying the shorts and posting images of me online. You must take the first step, stay motivated, enjoy your journey and focus on the big picture.
What things are you doing to challenge yourself? What is your style, how does it embrace or showcase your personality?