Hello ladies (and gents)! We’re a week into 2016, the Xmas shopping and celebratory glasses of champagne already distant memories. It’s time to look forward to the coming year and making it the best yet! In this, the first post of the year, I’ve decided to share my New Year’s resolution and submit to you to consider adopting it too.
This year my resolution is to authentically live and express my true self, in both my business, personal life and wardrobe. Fashion or more importantly style, is not about following the trends, imitating or following celebrity crazes. It’s about being who you are, displaying your character, quirks and passion for art, colour, texture and shapes – everything in fact! This featurette from the film ‘Advanced Style’ sums it up perfectly:
Those New York fashionistas have it so right! It doesn’t matter where you live, what your status or your bank balance, you’re never too old (or young) to develop your own unique style and start truly expressing yourself – It’s all about you!
‘Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.’ – Gianni Versace
I myself have been dissatisfied with my own self image, not because of my body but because of the clothing I wore – it wasn’t an expression of myself, the things I wore weren’t serving me. Last year I discovered vintage clothing, hosiery and corsetry – I knew as soon as I started to delve into the world of true and reproduction vintage fashion, photo and video archives of fabulous women like Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Betty Page and Betty Brosmer as well as modern heroines like Dita Von Teese and Rachel Jensen of Chicago Chic; that there was more to style than the latest ‘quarterly’ trends.
I had a conversation with my mum just the other day, she had found an adorable skirt and asked me whether it was suitable and what was considered acceptable in over 40s fashion. To those fantastic over forties I would say – who cares what other people think! Wear what you like, and feel great doing it! Similarly, to the teenagers out there, don’t feel you have to fit into the skinny jeans and mini dress crowd. Maybe it’s time for you to explore how you really want to dress?
‘Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.’ – Orson Welles