Personal style is something we all have but discovering it can take a while. Once you have found a look you are happy with then you know you have found YOUR look. Our style is always evolving, whether it be a change of hair colour or the type of shoes you enjoy wearing. Popular culture has played a major part in everyone’s style, we are influenced by something one way or another. This could be a band, a person or a brand.
I started experimenting with my style when I was 17, my mum had just introduced me to charity shops and I was able to experiment with my style for a low cost. I tried new looks and if something didn’t work then it wasn’t a huge waste of money. I went from someone who played it safe in jeans and a top, to a girl who experiments with layering dresses on t-shirts with fishnet tights and Dr Martens. I play around with accessories and get a new look each time. I have always been a little bit alternative in terms of style and I had a huge love for being a bit quirky. As I mentioned earlier, styles evolve and I feel as if my style has matured from the classic jeans and band t-shirt look to a more grown-up alternative, quirky yet classy look.
I have been influenced by a wide variety of people, even fictional people. I didn’t have social media or internet in my house until I was 18, so it was hard to look at what celebrities were wearing or get inspiration from Pinterest.
Here are my top 5 fashion inspirations:
Alexa Chung is known for her classic British-rose look, I just love how elegant and classy she looks in any outfit. She has won the British style icon award 3 years in a row at the British Fashion Awards. She stays on and ahead of trends in her outfits and is able to put her own swing of chic into any outfit.
Rachel Green from Friends, one of the most popular TV shows in the world, Rachel Green was by far the most stylish out of all the Friends. She has made a massive impact on 90s style and served us look after look including that iconic haircut. She was one of my main inspirations to get into the fashion industry. She worked slip dresses, mom jeans, mini skirt and the denim overalls.
Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen were one of my main inspirations growing up. If you don’t know who these girls are then I am shocked. While I loved their movies when they were younger, their more matured looks are incredible. Ashley has a more elegant look while Mary-Kate is edgier. I feel like they both represent a part of my style.
Megan Ellaby is one of my favourite fashion bloggers and YouTubers. Her 70s inspired style is so creative and quirky. I love how she experiments with colour and different styles. After watching her trend videos, I gain more inspiration and confidence to experiment with colours.
Frances Bean Cobain, the daughter of iconic 90s couple Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, is so grungy yet stylish. When she modelled for Marc Jacobs, her dark makeup and lipstick contrasted to the delicate dress she was wearing; this is one of my favourites looks of hers. Again, I love the idea of mixing grunge with something feminine and elegant.
I tend to take inspiration from these people and glossy magazines like Vogue or Elle. I like to follow trends but I put my own spin on it and instead of being sad that I can’t afford what’s in the glossy magazines, I buy similar items from charity shops for a fraction of the price.
Taking into consideration my influences, you can see that I am heavily inspired by the 90s and grunge while staying chic. Being a fan of rock/heavy metal has also played a huge part in my style. I love wearing band t-shirts with a feminine skirt and have dark make up on while on the other hand I love wearing a pop of colour and light make up. Style to me is something I have built up over the years. In the past year while studying a fashion degree I have learnt more about my style and tried new styles which has been amazing.