Hey babes! Who else is stoked that we are so close to the long weekend? I am going to be heading to Lake Powell with a girl friend of mine and forgetting about all responsibility for a hot minute and I have never been more excited for it. This whole working and going to school full time is killing me, but I just keep reminding myself that I have the same amount of hours in the day as Beyonce. This time on Forty Two Wallaby Way, I wanted to talk about fashion and what got me started and passionate about this industry.
When I was a little girl, I had lots of creativity I looked for an outlet for. I toyed with the thought of diving into art, but quickly realized I had no artistic ability and couldn't even draw a turkey without tracing my hand. For awhile, I wanted to be a fashion designer and then sitting in my high school sewing class realized I can't even sew a straight line so those options were out of the question. After those realizations, I started to believe that fashion wasn't the road for me.
I have always loved clothes and styling outfits. I have a walk in closet and it is still not enough room to house my extensive wardrobe. There is just something about a new outfit to make you feel like you can conquer the day am I right? So that brings me to my career path today, I am just a year away from graduating from Utah Valley University with my Bachelor's degree in Public Relations. Most people don't know what public relations is.
PR is a part of communications and involves the professional maintenance of a favorable public image by a company, organization or a person. It has a little to do with marketing, business, media and journalism. Within the world of public relations, there are a million different routes to take. You can get involved in corporate PR, government PR, social media, and human resources. The reason I fell in love with this career is because I have the opportunity to take my skills anywhere I want. I can work for any company and any speciality. This was my solution to my desire to be a part of the fashion industry. I have chosen to take my PR skills into the world of fashion. Upon graduation, I would love to land a spot in the corporate office of Nordstrom working as a PR fashion specialist. A girl can dream right?
I have always admired fashion bloggers and wanted to showcase my own style so that is why I started this blog, but as you know I didn't want to just show you my outfit of the day and bog down your feeds with my promotional collaborations. I wanted to showcase my fashion in the same way I wanted to communicate something meaningful to those around me in hopes to inspire and spark creativity and passion.
It's time to talk about finding your personal style. I always have people tell me, "That is so cute, but I could never pull it off." or "I have to wait for more people to start wearing a certain style or trend before I feel confident enough to try it out." These statements are the kinds that make me so passionate and proud of my style. So many times I see something and think, "That is different. Not everyone wears that. I want to adopt that style before everyone else does."
My style is wearing things that not everyone would be comfortable wearing. I love hopping on board with trends early on. I like having a different style and knowing not everyone will show up to the party wearing the same thing as me, but not everyone sees style that way. That is the beauty of fashion, it can be completely your own. Your fashion tells your story and portrays your personality to the world. Your style is your brand.
Your personal style plays a factor in telling people and the world who you are, some people haven’t quite figured out how to display their personality onto what they wear. What you wear is an extension of yourself and describes who you are without having to explain it to people. However, sometimes it can be hard to pin point exactly how you want others to view you and what you want to say to the world. Your personal style needs to be all about you, who you are and how you feel.
Here are some personal tips of mine to help get you started on the journey to find your style if you aren’t sure what your personal brand is.
1. Determine your body type and what styles look best on you. You have to dress for your body type. Everyone out there has such unique, beautiful bodies that should be showcased in different ways depending on the shape and size. Clothes are about enhancing what your mama gave you, not hiding it or exposing it. Find a happy medium.
2. Hop on Pinterest, it is full of outfit inspo and could just about be the biggest distraction in my day to day life. I spend way too much time on there. Here's a little secret, anytime I purchase a piece or pull something out of my closet that I am unsure how to pair it, I log in to Pinterest and immediately have 384665 search results giving me ample fashion inspo.
3. Find your fashion icon. This could be a blogger, a celebrity or even the girl that sits in front of you in English class. Your looks don't have to be expensive. Chances are, there are cheaper dupes of designer pieces floating around out there somewhere. Find that fashion guru who's style captivates you and follow along with them. Hopefully I am one of them. Just kidding, Kinda, not really though.
4. Don't be afraid to try new things. Like I said, I am the first to hop on new trends even if they seem unorthodox or unusual at first. Chances are, everyone will be wearing it in a few months time. You just can't be scared to try new things. Get out there and rock that outfit girl. The more confident you are in those bell bottom, wide leg jeans the better you will feel about an edgier, trendier outfit.
5. Have fun with it. Fashion is an art form and one of the most expressive tools we have to make a mark in the world. Find your niche, find your style and most importantly have fun doing it.
There's a quote out there that says, "Fashion is what you buy, style is what you do with it." I hope these tips will be able to help anyone looking to rebrand themselves or uncover their personal style.
Below are a few of my favorite trends right now that make showcasing my style so much fun! Check it out!
Photography Credit: Becca Tarter