We all like to look our best, no matter what we’re doing, whether that’s climbing the corporate ladder, having a post-work cocktail, heading to the gym or simply sitting at home, curled up with a good book and a comforting cup of tea. When we look good, we feel good - it’s as simple as that!
Developing a sense of personal style is important if you’re to build a wardrobe that you’ll love for years to come - and this is where understanding the difference between style and trend becomes essential.
Whether we like it or not, we’re all consumers in some regard or other and we’re constantly bombarded on a daily basis with adverts and campaigns that draw us in, shouting about the latest trend, the next big thing, the next great must-have… and it can be incredibly difficult to drown out the noise, stick to your guns and avoid falling into fashion trend traps.
The problem with trends is that they’re exactly that - transient by definition. They come and go, seemingly in the blink of an eye.
And if you find yourself constantly tapping into what’s considered to be hot this week or next month, you’ll soon have a closet that’s bursting at the seams, with clothes you’ll probably only wear once or twice before you charity shop them, give them to friends or, worse, send them off to landfill.
Fast fashion is hugely problematic and is really taking its toll on Mother Earth, with estimates suggesting that £140 million worth of clothing goes to landfill each and every year.
But it’s not just the waste created by wear-once garments - these clothes are often made from very cheap fabric that isn’t built to last, releasing microplastics into the natural environment with each wash, so they’re a poor investment both for you and the planet.
As such, finding a way to express yourself through the clothes you wear and how you put your outfits together will not only help reduce your fashion footprint on the planet and save you money, but ensure that you have a beautiful selection of stylish clothes that are timeless, which will always make sure you look good, regardless of what’s trending in the fashion world.
How to develop your personal style
The first step to finding your own sense of style is to sit down and think about what it is you really love and find yourself drawn to more often than not. Over the course of a month, why don’t you have a separate clothes rail and put down everything you wear over the four weeks on it, so you can see at a glance what you like the most.
Mood boards are another amazing way to help you put key looks together, so head on over to Pinterest and start pinning wardrobe ideas. This will help you identify styles and colours you love, and it will help keep you organised with your thoughts so you don’t start spending money on items you’re unlikely to wear more than once or twice.
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