I don’t know about you, but it seems like everyone and their Nan runs a fashion blog these days, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to source individual style perspectives.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking them. They are a great source of inspiration and I post on Tumblr and Pinterest almost every day.
But something about being “passionate about fashion” makes me yawn. I am more of a lover of personal style. A huge part of that is due to the fact that it requires less thought.
I usually wear black. I adore anything classic. I have stuck to the same perfume ever since I was able to afford my first bottle of Chanel no5. I prefer a pair of trainers over a pair of shoes that I can’t walk in, any day. I try to stay as far away from high street shops as I possibly can, opting instead to rummage through charity shop rails or browse through the simplistic yet timeless garments on offer at COS. I have had the same one length bob hair style since I can remember. And I don’t think any of this will be subject to change anytime soon. However, above all, I try my best to always remember that there is so much more to life than what you are wearing.
My intention isn’t in any way to imply that everyone should “take a leaf out of my book” (I promise I am not that douchey) But I do think it is incredibly important to remember that what you wear is not the be all and end all of life.
I began to feel comfortable about my outlook on aesthetics when I stumbled across French actress and fashion model Clemence Poesy. Discovering some of her quotes allowed me to take a step back and realise that fashion dies a little when we take it too seriously, and that substance over style is the way forward. I hope it does the same for you.
“I think it’s very important to not make fashion too much of a thing in your life. It’s a tool to show who you are to the world but only if you are privileged enough to be able to worry about it.”
“For me, it’s about not being too aware of what you look like because if you are, you’re trying too hard and I don’t think that actually makes you look good. I’ve known from very early on that I don’t look perfect.”
“If I ever get married myself, it’ll be in jeans.”
“I didn’t want people to decide what I was going to wear and what I was going to look like and how I should behave.”
“I tend to wear exactly the same things at night that I wear during the day. I don’t really like dressing up unless I have to. I also tend to go out to places where you can wear a sweater and jeans.”
“I’m always so impressed with these actresses with their perfect make-up and hair and sometimes I’m very aware that I’m not like that. But I don’t think I can do things any other way. I would be wearing a disguise if I started to apply that stuff.”