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Embracing Individuality in Fashion

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By Kathleen Cerrer

We’ve all heard of the so called “fashion do’s and don’ts” and can admit to our own fashion faux pas at one point or another (some of us, more than we’d like to admit!) But do you ever ask yourself, who made these rules and who says we must conform by them? We’re all badass women and men who walk to the beat of our own drums, so why not make this count style wise?

fashion, individuality, embrace fashion, fashion, The Indie ChicksI have always believed fashion is a way to freely express yourself through clothing, accessories, hair, make-up etc. But if we’re putting so much effort into fitting in by blindly following trends to be “in fashion”, doesn’t this defeat the purpose of dressing to express? Why hide your creativity, when you have so much to offer?  Basically, wear what you want, when you want to to.

CONFIDENCE IS YOUR BEST ACCESSORY

Expressing your individuality to the world takes more than just clothes, it comes from within. Self- acceptance and self worth are at the root of being confident enough to express yourself with no limitations. The moment we stop comparing ourselves to others, and striving to be something we are not, is the moment we stand out in our own unique way. Loving ourselves first unconditionally while recognizing and accepting our flaws and all, is the way to style success!

Finding your style is a constant work in progress. Maybe you’ve found your look, or maybe your like me and like to experiment with a plethora of looks depending on your mood. Whatever your current state is when it comes to style is perfectly OK. As long as your content with how you feel and look, thats all that really matters. Confidence is your best accessory (or outfit), because without it, the most chic, put together outfit will fall flat. So stand tall, and own it!

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I’ve always been one to add some edge to my style, and have that drive to break the boundaries. Whether it be wearing dark lipstick out of season, or creating my own clothes;  I’m constantly embracing individualism, especially when it comes to style. As a writer and style blogger, I feel that it’s extremely important to maintain your identity amongst the thousands of bloggers out there. I’m naturally drawn to anything different or abstract. What some might call “weird”, I call interesting. I’ve had my share of style phases and am continually discovering new looks that are right for me. So find whats right for you and go with it! Fashion is fun and shouldn’t be taken too seriously.

Living your life on your own terms, creating your own rules, and doing your own thing is one of the most refreshing things one can do. So go ahead and wear those crazy prints if it makes you happy, dye your hair five different colors of the rainbow, or run wild in that dress that you were too afraid to wear out. Don’t be afraid to be audacious and take risks in life and in fashion. Trust me it’s revitalizing!

One of my favorite quotes is, “People will stare, make it worth their while” -Harry Winston, ain’t that the truth!

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  • http://www.crazytragicalmostmagic.com Michael

    I agree with a lot of this – especially the confidence aspect. Fashion should be fun. However, there are still some “rules” I refuse to give up, like wearing white after Labor Day. Everything is dirty in the winter. Why wear white pants and end up with spots and stains all over them?? Plus, it just looks so out of place to me. Bring on the colors but leave white to summer… IMO.

  • http://www.accordingtojewels.com Jewels

    As a larger woman it took a LONG time to get me into a pair of jeggings but I stinking love them. So comfortable and paired with the right top and boots or heals…great! It turns out it was all about my comfort level in the clothes and less the clothes themselves. Confidence is key with fashion. If you are comfortable and confident with what you are wearing then the rest is just personal preference. Great article. :D

  • http://www.theindiechicks.com Chiara Mazzucco

    Growing up in Hollywood, I had always felt the pressure to be ‘fashionable’ but was never into current trends. My style is really defined by my hair (which I dye different colors on a regular basis), makeup and tattoos… everything else falls under wife beater, ripped jeans and leather boots (before leather boots made a comeback).. But looking back, what really made me.. was the confidence I wore with it. My style. My personality. I never felt right in trendy clothes… And this new neon trend would make me look like an extra terrestrial..

    So, Kathrine, Thanks for the amazing post.. that little reminder that everything in my closet, every bold move I add to my outfits, and every ounce of sass I wear with my wife beaters is exactly… me.

  • Kristen Hollis

    I like to live by this and it’s from Oscar Wilde, ” Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.”

  • http://justmewith.com Roxanne

    I really dislike most fashion rules, or really trends or really the existence of trends, especially since they are so easily stated. Some chick or dude or company decides what “they” are wearing and then everybody wears the same thing whether or not it looks good. Not everybody looks good in a strapless dress — yes, I’m talking to all the brides out there. Lately there seems to be such a lack of options. Everybody has the similar dress cut and look kind of alike (Red Carpet). It’s like middle school dance. Everybody dresses alike. I think it’s because of mass communications — it used to take a while before trends hit certain areas, thus giving time for some trends to die an early death, but no more. Anyway, I don’t always “dress for my age” but I do dress for the weather and I don’t wear heels often. It’s hard to find flattering jeans that don’t show my crack when I sit. Sigh. I go through stages that do not correspond with what “they” are wearing. I gave up all black for a couple of years, I went through an unfortunate pink stage, I had chunky highlights (stripes, really). Whatever. If I go somewhere where women are likely to wear little black dresses, I’ll wear red (but not to a funeral). I’m scared to look at any fashion magazines because I’m all like — “What? What do we have to do now?” Or, more accurately, “What? No. I don’t think so.” And I admit that some of my fashion “choices” are by necessity — when I can’t buy something new to keep up with the trends anyway.

  • http://www.theindiechicks.com Renee

    I’ve always been a bit of an odd ball when it comes to fashion, I don’t care about trends and while I love fashion I rarely read magazines to see whats the latest look. It’s always been does it fit, do I Love it and can wear it more than once. Style is all about confidence and in my opinion if you’ve got confidence than you can walk down the street in a trash bag and look fabulous.

  • http://www.livinginaboxx.wordpress.com Lauren

    I completely agree, I do spend alot of time looking at fashion mags etc but I do like to mix it up a bit. I went through a phase of wanting to look like everyone else and be ‘fashionable’. I’m far more confident now though and prefer to have things no one else has, so I’m often making things and customising.