Updated: Nov 13, 2019
I hate to start off with the average cliche answer, but I’ve always known that I had a unique way of expressing myself through my clothing. I remember putting together these crazy “where she think she goin’” outfits when I was younger by over accessorizing, pairing together patterns or colors that probably shouldn’t go together, or wearing something in a way it wasn’t meant to be worn.
I can hear my sister teasing me now about them and my mom defending me with “Let her express herself the way she wants, she has a great imagination.” My sister has always been supportive of my crazy dressing and pretty much molded me into the fashionista I am now.
“You must always look presentable when you leave the house, you never know who you might meet," was what my mom always said. This is something that will stick with me forever. She loved that I didn’t care too much of what I put on and what others thought.
As I got older she began to edit, but still gave me full creative freedom to express myself. This started the phases and many transitions of my style that I like to call - Dark & Free. Each phase and progression represents what I was going through and feeling during that time.
The Dark phase: my edgier side. Darker colors, more form fitting pieces, sneakers and my love of skinny jeans.
The Free phase: just as it sounds. Free, not really thinking much into it. Loose fitting, fun, bright colors, patterns, accessories and exploring fun hair.
The more I became comfortable with myself and loving who I am the two started to collide. Creating a very edgy, feminine and random look.
Style isn’t just about the clothing you purchase, it’s how you put items together to create a masterpiece. It’s a way of giving strangers a peek into your mind and getting a glimpse of who you are without having to say a word. But, that doesn’t mean we are defined by what we wear! There really isn’t one way of “finding your style” because it is all affected by where you live, what you have encountered, who you surround yourself with and then it all subconsciously falls into place.
I encourage everyone to experiment - colors, fabrics, and shapes play a big part. If you like something try it out, take inspiration from others but play around to make it yours. Lastly, keep in mind what you gravitate towards, what you don’t and why.
Remember your style is just that: yours! It’s your identity and a form of self- expression. Therefore, it’s important for you to always maintain your sense of self.
Written and lived by Jasmin Bogues
August 28, 2019
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