Your personal style is so much more than the clothes you wear. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Creative or analytical? What are your dreams and passions? What are your personal goals? Professional goals? Are you married? Do you have children? Are you in the work force? Are you a student? Do you consider yourself adventurous or do you play it safe? The answers to these questions shape who you are as a person. They also shape your personal style. They are as unique and customized as you are as an individual. It is your personality that is your style.
Since starting my wardrobe consulting business its been my mission to help women & men tap into their authentic being. Be weird if that's who you are, be weird and fly your flag high. You may not find everyone loves you for it, but you will. You will have peace and pride and joy everyday knowing that you are true to yourself. So to truly be stylish is to showcase yourself to the world around you and that takes courage.
It's an exciting time in our society when we're now celebrate individuality in way that's never been done before. The everyday person is pushing back and challenging the fashion industry and the media to dispel beauty standards, and self-acceptance is the new norm. Being different is being stylish. Lucky for us we have revolutionaries like Elisa Goodkind & Lily Mandelbaum who are paving the way. The mother/daughter duo from New York have started a website stylelikeu.com that exclaims "getting dressed each morning is an act of self-love." They feature different women and men that push the boundaries of what the media has deemed normal or beautiful:
MoniCa Singh, an Indian woman who was attacked with acid disfiguring most of her face with 3rd degree burns
Connie Chiu, an albino Chinese women with white blonde hair and crystal blue eyes
Lizzie Velasquez, a woman born with neonatal progeroid syndrome, a rare disease that stunts growth
Jacob Tobia, a Genderqueer man who explains what is means to be gender-nonconforming
Allure magazine has caught on; they share StyleLikeU's features on their Instagram from time to time. I encourage you to check them both out, and ask yourself what makes you different? What makes you unique? Do you show that to the world? Share your stories below. I'd love to hear about your self-acceptance and how that has shaped your style.