Personal style, in my opinion, is extremely underrated. Probably as a result of factors like social construct and social acceptance. A trait that’s meant to be as innate as possible becomes a struggle for an average individual.
Our society has boiled style down into a compatibility equation: “To look like a celebrity + own several top label fashion items”. One where there’s no longer room for you to find fashion items that comes naturally and speaks to you. Neither is there space for looking beyond label names and truly discovering your own personal style niche. The trend of following the latest fashion and fads has never been an appealing idea to me for a very long time.
Maybe because I was raised by a Yoruba socialite mother who attended so many parties yet never wore the popular anco clothes. She never wore same clothes with other people and never repeated attires. Yet, she did a wonderful job by always standing out in her own styles at all of these functions. I most likely imbibed out of her culture, then morphed it into my convenience so that I learnt at a young age to develop and own my personal style.
I know how giddy it feels to trust one’s own instincts while choosing a fashion style. You are constantly in a battle with your thoughts and you’re never sure of what exactly would bring out the best version of you. So then, you just settle for what is already established as ‘Perfect’. But what you don’t know is, you most likely have a killer sense of style that you keep pushing away because you’re too chicken to embrace it.
Personal style is not restricted to only trending fashion ideas. It’s all about you and more. And the best part? It keeps evolving just as you do.
Oyindamola is a freelance writer who recently finished her University education at the University of Ibadan. She’s currently a prospectively corps member. When she’s not writing, she’s a website developer. She blogs on her own personal page at www.thateternalchild.wordpress.com