With social media surrounding us on all sides, it’s hard not to keep from comparing oneself to an endless stream of what’s trending and what’s not. And sometimes (maybe a lot of times) we find ourselves sacrificing our individualities for the sake of fitting into what is “cool” or “in.” Or maybe we find ourselves purposefully trying to stick out just to be original. But then we stop and question . . . well, is that even being original at all? Especially when the act is made consciously? OMG, so many questions! Originality in today’s day and age, when millions of people are using the same platforms to show off their “individualities,” it seems to have taken on a different definition than it used to. And so we ask, is it even possible to be original at all? But wait, another question . . . are we overthinking the whole thing just by raising these questions in the first place?
How about this. Let’s stop asking ourselves so many questions, and just do what we feel. Even though that’s much harder than we think, and especially with people and magazine/digital headlines telling us and showing us all the 100 ways to wear or 250 ways not to wear something on a basically 24/7 basis. How do we stay honest to ourselves, while being open to thinking outside of our own boxes, but at the same time without having to sacrifice our individualities in the process? Answer: Disregard the headlines and popular Instagram photos as the one and only guidelines to your personal style and perspective on life. Don’t post a photo of you and your best friend holding hands in front of a pink sanded beach looking dreamily out into the distance just because that’s what’s trending on social media. Remember that the entire goal is to NOT be a copy cat for the sake of extra likes. But don’t flat out stop looking at other’s for guidance or inspiration in places that we feel we are lacking or in need a little bit more emphasis or experimentation. Isn’t that the whole entire point of what we do as influencers? We are influencing at the same time that we are being influenced. Putting out into the world what is our own, and taking in a version of something that is soon to become a subtly different version of its original form. This process of passing along information and inspiration is the most magical part of it all. The personal twists we put on the idea already out there makes fashion, well, FASHION. We make fashion special by contributing to the storytelling, and the fact that as individuals we are all important parts to the grander story of what drives our outfit choices. That the ones after us will look back on us to be inspired by again and again. Just at the same time we look forward at them currently, recycling our own old ideas and their new ones together in a way that is indescribably our own. That right there, is the whole point.
This old wool plaid blazer, was taking out from my closet after about a year of being on sleep mode, for the one and only reason that I felt like my college semi-punk days needed a little reliving. Many of my clothing choices are based on nostalgic factors. Little hints here and there act as reminders of where I started from. And I take comfort in these things.
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