I remember how in my teens and early twenties I was addicted to taking these style personality tests. The results confused me because I always turned out to be a mix between all the alternatives, from rocker chick to classic chic to trendy and even sporty. Apparently my style had multiple personality disorder. Or maybe that was just me.
The problem wasn’t really multiple personality disorder though, it was the fact that I was young and inexperienced. Always trying out new styles. I cringe when I think about the stuff I’ve actually worn through the years, like studded purple plastic pants, white platform trainers, Von Dutch caps and Ed-Hardy tees, ass-crack jeans (you know the ones), zebra striped tube tops. I could go on forever, but I think you get my point. Needless to say I was one of those girls who had a closet (stuffed!) full of clothes, but nothing to wear. It was a time in my life when I was still figuring things out, figuring my self out and I think that was really reflected in my style. Always changing and a little crazy at times.
Our style reveals more about us than we may think. I am certainly not a fan of judging a book by it’s cover, that is not my point, but I’ve noticed that as I’ve grown to know myself better, as has my style evolved. I think both our style and our self-confidence (which in my opinion are closely correlated) improve as we get to know ourselves better, and as we stay true to who we are. It’s not so much the fact that you can’t choose to be a rock chick one day and Parisian chic the next (that’s called having fun with it). It’s more about realizing that it’s totally fine to be 25% rocker, 25% classic, 25% sporty and 25% tacky. My style is not schizophrenic, it is complex. It is with style as it is with music. It’s totally fine to enjoy different genres of music and these days mashups are all the rage anyway.
Knowing ourselves (and our style) is not always easy. It takes some experimenting to find that look which is truly “you”, in the mean time I think the best thing to do is just to have fun with it and experiment. It’s a journey, not a specific destination. Don’t be so afraid of making mistakes, if nothing else the mistakes are hilarious to look back at in ten years time. Or who am I kidding, no matter how “perfect” our style is today, we will still probably still cringe at it at some point in future. Because fortunately, we never stop evolving.