Dressing ‘fashionably’?

I’ve wondered many times in the past what it means to be ‘fashionable’ when it comes to clothes. Obviously every season there are new styles, new colours, new items that come out that everyone wants and that’s what makes them fashionable. Then there are some fashions that stay consistently ‘in’ regardless of what year, decade or century we’re in. It’s a funny old business really.

The one thing I don’t particularly like about fashion is the disposable nature of it. You might buy something that is considered fashionable one season, but in 6 months time, it won’t be considered fashionable and so you wouldn’t be seen dead in it. So what do you with those items? Keep them? Chuck them away? Recycle them? Either way, purchasing them inevitably feels a bit like a waste of money. You might have got a bit of pleasure out of the item for a few weeks or months but was it worth the money you spent? Everyone will have a different answer to that, but in my opinion, no it wasn’t worth the money!

I have never considered myself or my dress sense fashionable in any sort of way. I’ve always been a very simple dresser, opting to buy things that I know I’ll be able to wear over and over again that aren’t going to look out of place. Basically I’ve always just wanted to wear stuff that wouldn’t draw any attention to me so I’d just blend in with the background. I think for the most part this was because I was very much lacking in self confidence. But that’s a subject for another blog perhaps!

In the past couple of years I’ve started paying much more attention to the things I wear and thinking about my style than ever before. But I’ve also started thinking about what other peoples styles are and how everyone is so amazingly different.

The conclusion I’ve come to about what I consider my ‘style’ to be, is that I don’t really have one! And that’s not a bad thing. I guess I could say that my style is wearing clothes that I think I look good in. And I think I look good when I feel comfortable in what I’m wearing. I’m not one for wearing something just because it’s deemed ‘fashionable’.

Don’t get me wrong, I do buy items of clothes that are ‘in’ at the moment, but I always try and find something that I think will still be (for want of a better word) ‘fashionable’ next year or in a couple of years time. And I certainly won’t buy anything that I don’t think I’d feel comfortable in. Because to me, that’s not what I’m about.

I’m a big believer that you should never let anyone or anything tell you what looks good or what is fashionable. The beauty of fashion is that everyone is different and suits different things and experiments with different styles. And ultimately, if you as a person are happy with what your style is and what you’re wearing, then no one should judge you for it.

So I’ll leave you with this little gem of a quote that I found that sums my feelings about fashion perfectly:


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