From the age of 12, my style has always been what could be termed as “alternative”. From my initial grungey days wearing the baggiest black jeans known to man, adorned with chains, and skater shoes to my Avril Lavigne phase, to my later emo & scene phases, I guess I’ve always shunned away from your typical ‘mainstream’ trends and favoured the quirky, edgy, alternatives.
About three years ago now, I had a pivotal moment where I threw out the majority of my old band t-shirts. I felt that, because I was in my 20’s and I’m only getting older, it was time for my wardrobe to change and reflect my so called maturity – while I don’t regret this decision now (I did after all keep the most sentimental ones) I do think I did it too early. I wasn’t ready to change my style, I didn’t really even know who I was back then.
Now, once again, I feel like I’m at a sartorial crossroads. I’m 25, and while I still love everything in my wardrobe I have an urge to change the way I wear each piece. I feel empowered when I dress for work, statement pieces, smart tailoring and heels – it makes me feel like a confident girl boss who has her shit together, and as I walk through the financial districts of London on the way to meetings and I see the way that other people view my slightly quirky work wardrobe, I smile, I feel good.
I want my out of work wardrobe to make me feel like that too.
Sure I always feel confident with whatever I put on, and I want to reiterate that I’m not going to change the alternative twist to the way that I dress, but I do want to smarten it up a notch. Wear joggers still sure, but combine them with a pair of heels, a designer jacket, statement footwear and accessories. I’m sure that every outfit won’t be like that – I’ll still have plenty of days where I favour trainers and plenty of mesh, but for the most part I do want my wardrobe to reflect my age a little more.
I also desperately want to invest in more luxury pieces this year. Luxury brands have always been a passion of mine but until recent years I’ve never had the money to buy them myself (and strictly speaking, right now I haven’t either but we’ll pretend that I have for the sake of this post). I want to fill my wardrobe with classic, timeless pieces that will stick with me for years as opposed to spending hundreds on ‘fast fashion’ that will be out of style in a season.
I’m excited to see how my style matures in the coming months – for the first time, rather than feeling torn between how I used to dress and how I actually really want to, I have realised how to blend the two together to create my own, unique style that’s true to me, my personality and my (so-called) maturity.
Coat: Zara | Sweater: Missguided | Leggings: Topshop | Sunglasses: Alexander McQueen
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