March 24, 2018

It's hard to change your style after years of wearing the same old clothes and conforming to the up-to-date trends the fashion industry thrusts upon us, however in the past few months I have broke free of this cycle, thus beginning to change my style to suit my current loves and feel more myself. For years I have admired the styles and trends of various male and female influences, but I would always think that I could never "pull off that look" or "that wouldn't suit me" until recently. With spring just around the corner, I've been cleansing my mind and de-cluttering my life and this has merged its way into my wardrobe. I looked at all of the clothes I owned and realised that I hardly liked any of them and I didn't want to wear them any longer, so that was that. I'm currently in the process of going through my wardrobe and asking myself if I really like a certain item and if I would wear it again, which majority just didn't make the cut. All of the clothes I didn't want, I donated to charity shops, homeless shelters and even sold a few of them if I thought they were expensive enough. But what style am I going for now? Do I even know what I want to wear? Well, yes and no. There are many styles that I simply adore, so I shall constantly rotate what I wear depending on my mood or the occasion. I think that it's good to change up what you wear every once in a while and a good clear out can be very beneficial. By the end of the year I'm hoping to have some sort of structure to my clothes and keep them as minimal as possible. It'll be a struggle but it's something I want to happen!

The changing of my style began in spring 2017 with the release of Paramore's hit album 'After Laughter', which is my currently my favourite album. It has so many good bops in there, 10/10 recommend and has 1980's, New Wave vibes to it, I you haven't listened to it yet, you really should! Their music videos tie in with this theme, especially 'Hard Times' and 'Rose-Colored Boy' and I instantly fell in love with the style and nostalgia of them. So, partly, my style is going to be 80's/90's inspired for the days where I'm feeling overly confident and somewhat casual. I haven't really figured out the rest just yet, but I'm sure that'll come with time, I hope. I've always been a lover of the decades before my time, going right down the the 1920's and 30's which is just full of elegant clothing, I mean... Gatsby, come on! Although the 40's and 50's is where my heart lives and my little old soul is just bopping along to The Andrew's Sisters whilst sipping tea in my garden, ahh heaven. Then of course the 60's and 70's kicks in and it's time to just blast some Beatles and Abba and start to funk down with some groovy t-shrits and loose fitting trousers (pants for the American readers). The younger part of my soul, the part that is a lover of life and feels free and very expressive, just adores the 80's and 90's fashion. Vintage is in! And I couldn't be happier for it. Though I think it's all just a part of being in your twenties that you just explore different styles and try to discover the meaning of life or whatever, but hey, let's look fashionable doing it! So I guess I just want to thank Paramore for bringing out the inner 80's/90's bohemian in me and making me realise that I want to reflect myself in what I wear.

There are days, however, where I don't want big bright clothing expressing every core of my being. Sometimes it's nice to dress muted and minimal, so a basic striped tee and black jeans will do the trick. Again, this is something I need to structure by finding outfits that I can mix 'n' match without having too many items cramming up the wardrobe space. You see, it's all about the balance of knowing when to wear the bold 1980's inspired outfits and when to wear the up-to-date (ish) minimal style. I think because I'm so curious and diverse, I just want to wear so many different outfits, except foe the ones that I currently own, that is why I'm changing them, I know it's going to take time but I think it'll worthwhile when my wardrobe can breath. I think it's important to spice up your wardrobe and de-clutter every few years, otherwise your clothes just seem monotonous and that isn't good for anyone, almost like a snake shedding its skin or a Phoenix rising from its ashes... well not that dramatic, but you catch my drift. This is all of course personal preference and my mind will always change depending on my mood or the occasion, for example when I'm at home I'll often be relaxing in my joggers, t-shirt and dressing gown, or my fleece pyjamas which are the comfiest items of clothing I own, thanks for the Christmas present Dad! I'm not saying that I need to wear a certain style all the time, but I'm just tired of feeling like the clothes I wear don't reflect me as a person, so it's time to change that.   


The hardest part of transitioning your wardrobe, is knowing where to find the clothes you want, to replace the ones you're getting rid of. For me, any vintage/thrift store or charity shop is at the top of the list, you can find many good items at one of these place and they're not as expensive as you think, it just takes a lot of looking for a good bargain. That being said, I do like a good Urban Outfitter's or high street store like TopMan, River Island etc. as they also have some items that I like, not every item of clothing has to be 'cool', right? Having a budget and buying monthly is such a hard part of changing your style as you have to build up an entire new wardrobe, unless of course you have the money to do so... sadly, I am not one of those people, but I think having the time to shop around has made me realise what I want and don't want, clothing wise at least. I'm still trying to minimise the amount of clothes that I own, but for now I'm just going to focus on what clothes make me feel confident and what clothes I despise. Another idea I've had is setting some money aside each week/month and then when you've saved enough you can go on a shopping spree and buy a new wardrobe in one day, or at least start to build one. I have a future blog post about this coming up soon, so stay tuned for that! If you're in the same boat as me, I would love to know your tips and tricks on saving/clearing out your wardrobe and I hope this gave you a little guidance and reassurance! Or, if you're thinking about changing your style and needed a sign or a bit of encouragement to do so, then here it is! Be bold, be different and express yourself. 

I will keep updating my blog on how well I'm achieving this and document my progress for future posts. If you're curious about my outfits, you can always head on over to my instagram as that's currently my main source for my clothing and style.

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