So here is what fashion is. Fashion is not what you decide, fashion is what a panel of 'expert' designers, editors and other V.I.P.s decide, four times a year, every year. For each season that exists (summer, autumn, winter, spring) there is a boardroom of people who decide the patterns, colours and designs that will be the major attention point for the next 3 months, until the next season shows up. That means fashion only lasts 3 months... it might make a short lived comeback in a few years time, but that is it. How terrible to be fashionable. You don't decide, you may think you do, but you don't. The designers practically puke up these new (self-decided) trends onto billboards, magazines, newspapers, T.V. and social media platforms. Eventually you've seen the adverts a couple of times, so you 'block' them out of your conscious mind, but your subconscious still takes it all in. You are brain-washed into seeing the design principles so many times, you start to create a need for it and that is how advertising works. So if you are fashionable, you dress well, but you dress like a robot, a pretty robot... but nevertheless still a robot.
#style???????!!!!!! NO. I think I need to teach you all something quite important, and it may even shock a few of you. Psst.... Did you know that FASHION and STYLE aren't the same thing. Yep. You heard that right.... Not the same thing!
Last week I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and as most of us girls (well at least the Instagram addicted ones) would know after about 10 minutes you end up on some random girl's page who, for some reason has more than 100k followers. She does nothing all day except drink mojitos, tan in some designer bikini and her world is a never ending summer. She posts perfect pictures which may showcase her body a little more than her intellect..... And then you see that one caption, the one that is so wrong it makes you cringe. The one that so many have been tricked by, the one that lowers your fashion IQ by a quite a bit.
" Love this new fashion! #style"
Style is something very different. If you like to be individual and recognisable you should aspire to be stylish. The reason why style is great is because you don't need a panel of rich people telling what to wear and how to look, because you are your own judging panel, so you control your own rules! It makes it much easier to aspire to something that is the best you you can be, rather than some stick walking on a stage with presenters telling you what to do. So what if something is the colour of the season. If you want to ern extra points and it looks good on you, wear it by all means. If it looks like crap on your skin tone, scrap it. You can be constantly stylish and sometimes fashionable at the same time. Style shows your personality and emotions to the world. It lets you shine as bright as you want, and it will get you that desired second look when you walk into a room.
Here are the best ways to find something that will look good on you:
I really hope you girls find your style. Once you find it your confidence will really shoot up. So good luck, and until next week, happy style hunting!
-The Traveling Oyster