Starting this blog was so exciting for me, I found a new hobby, I met new people, I went to new places and I had the chance to dress up a lot and share my outfits with the world. Sounds great, doesn’t it? The only snag is that I genuinely found myself not knowing what to wear. I had entered into a completely new environment with a completely new set of rules and I wasn’t sure how to fit in.
I experimented quite publicly with different styles and trends and somewhere along the line I lost myself a bit, I ‘forgot’ about those perfect outfits that I love and suit me so well. I was seduced by Insta famous purchases and I ‘forgot’ that when you don’t know what else to wear, a blazer over a Breton and a pair of skinny jeans are perfectly acceptable. This post takes a look back at how blogging temporarily stole my style and celebrates my love affair with those classic pieces that are never out of fashion – I’m talking, biker jackets, camel coats, jeans, white shirts, stripes and a smattering of leopard print.
Experimenting with what you wear is a good thing, it allows your style to evolve and keeps your look fresh but there’s definitely an art to striking the right balance between embracing trends and remaining true to yourself. I’ve taken a few chances with my style with varying degrees of success in the last year or so – hello! granny heels, farewell gold pleated maxi skirt. I found myself thrust into a different situation and it took a bit of time to settle into my new world and feel confident again. I think we can all relate to how that feels.
Knowing that other people might be watching made me indecisive about what to wear and I would often lust after a certain item of clothing because I’d seen it online a lot. You may laugh but the struggle is real people, I often have to stop and ask myself whether I truly like something or if I just want it because I’ve seen it on Instagram! when you spend as much time as I do looking at outfits it really does mess with your head.
The upshot is that I have have found my stride again and I’m confident to be myself and wear some classic i.e. safe outfits that make me feel good. My style might not be on trend all the time but that’s ok with me, I know I can turn to a few of the classics in my wardrobe and I’ll be fine and feel like myself.
I have a shoot coming up with the brilliant Sarah Lou Francis soon and I want the photos to reflect the person I am. Can you guess what I’ll be wearing? Has your style even been in crisis? I’d love to compare notes!
Image credits: Shopstyle | Crystalin Marie | Laura Fantacci | Lindsay Marcella
Oh gosh yes, I can totally relate to this in so many ways. Instagram drew me like a magpie towards gauldy homewares and clothing for a short while. Thankfully, I think I’ve begun to remember who I am again Xxx
Me too! I think you do come back round to your own style quite quickly but it’s hard to be unaffected by what everyone else is wearing on social media.
Well done, I love this and your honesty about how social media can totally get to you xx
Thank you so much for reading the post. I think we all fall foul of the Insta curse from time to time!
This is so true, I do it a lot from the homeware perspective too! But then I take a stepback and think how much more important it is to be true to ourselvs. I think you have a fabulous style! Xx
I can totally relate to this Antonia. I’m often seduced by outfits I’ve seen on Insta. I also find working in the arts sector with lots of younger super cool colleagues I feel a certain amount of pressure to embrace all the latest trends. Some are great and work others have made me feel a bit ridiculous. Sometime it’s a tricky balance to get right. Thanks for reminding me that some of my faithful classics like a well cut skinny jean and smart blazer are just fine. I’m sure I’ll still get it a bit wrong occasionally though, but I’ll try to have a laugh at myself xx
I can totally relate to this! Often seduced by outfits seen on Insta. Also feel a certain amount of pressure to keep up with it all working in the Arts sector with super cool younger colleagues. Thanks fir the reminder to remember the classics we love xx
Totally – you can get all kinds of fads in your life from social media and online. I am not very trendy but even I now have a statement sleeve shirt after seeing them everywhere recently 😀