Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Trend or Foe?

Recently my boyfriend and I were discussing the idea of having style. Developing your own personal style can be tricky, but ultimately should be about expressing yourself and doing what makes you happy. Helena Bonham Carter is an extreme example of personal style, she dresses how she dresses because she does, not to impress anyone. That is how it should be.

Our discussion was focused how trends can spiral so out of control and that people become swallowed by them. The example thrown around was this idea of "the urban Elmer Fudd," guys who have probably never step their feet off of concrete dressing like John Muir because its fashionable.

The greatest fashion advice I have received and could ever pass along is that people with true style dress for themselves, interpreting trends they like into their wardrobe because they like them, not because it is trending. Ultimately clothing should be an example of yourself, not who you are. Below is a picture from Sartorialist of a gentlemen with great personal style, I also included the idea of dressing for a trend.

Basically I am trying to say that it doesn't matter how much money you have, or how many fashion magazines you read, fashion is an extension of who you are. Embrace it, love it, and never apologize for being who you are!

I love his yellow socks, such a quirky touch!

Beautiful separates, but together too much trend.

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