Interviewer: “Define your personal style in three words”
Some blogger was once interviewed on a piece about “How To Shop Zara” – I know, WTF right? Is it not just as easy as buying what you want and paying? But yeah, apparently not, and if that’s what you do then you’ve been doing it all wrong! You’re only supposed to buy from one or two of the trend collections in there, and nothing else. Sure, it streamlines your aesthetic, but how boring. Plus, how it is really *personal* style if you’re simple buying from one or two predetermined trends picked out by forecasters at a big corporation?
Personal style is about knowing yourself more than anything, and dressing to suit that. If you get dressed, leave the house, then immediately want to go back and change, that’s a strong indicator that you’re not being true to yourself and your personal style. I’ve long waffled on about how we should dress to feel our best possible versions, and that to me is closely interlinked with comfort. The older I get the less I’m bothered about exactly how I look but more how comfortable I feel whilst trying to look stylish too. That for me is jeans, T-shirts, flattering A-line mini skirts and masculine coats.
What personal style has taught me is the importance of a good foundation. I’m not talking no NARS Sheer Glow, I’m talking about the staple pieces that never go out of style that can be interchanged and worked alongside the trends du jour at any time – which is why you’ll always catch me rocking a good pair of jeans and a simple but always chic jumper no matter what season (just swaddled in the latest statement coat on top, naturally!)
So for god’s sake, wear every single trend at once. Try each and every piece of the sartorial buffet. And when someone asks you to define your personal style in three words just say anything you want to! (As long as it’s not “Errrr, uhm, fuck…”)
Photos by Rebecca Spencer