Fashion is keeping up with the trends; style, on the other hand, is finding your own voice in the pieces you wear. But putting on an ensemble and calling it your own is no easy feat. It's all about your own personality, preferences, and hey, even budget comes into play, too!
So the question remains: how can you find our own style?
Don't fret! We asked Clozette Ambassadors Juliana
, and Monica
on the challenges they faced as they went on to live and breathe their own style, and they share how they overcame them.
"I struggled to find my personal style in my early teens. I could be a bohemian one week and a gothic fashionista the next. Sometimes I would even wear more androgynous clothes for some added masculinity in my style.
To be honest, even to this day today, I'm still trying to find my way in creating a style I can call my own.
However, I also think that the better you know yourself, the better insight you have into what is important and what is of value to your life. Finding your own style is no different; it's about being true to yourself.
It hasn't always been easy to find a voice when there are so many intelligent and beautiful souls around, but I think I've carved a style niche for myself through my passion for life and love and all things Disney! Today, my style is largely influenced by how I feel and what inspires me.
It's okay to commit a fashion faux pas once in a while. Fashion is all about experimenting anyway. The most important thing is to be comfortable in our skin no matter what we're donning for the day. Carpe diem!"
"Just like other girls, I struggled with my sense of identity when I was a teenager and referred to new media to learn how to dress, act, and speak. As I grew older, I realised that conforming to societal norms do not reflect one’s true style. I believe that, first and foremost, women should be comfortable in their own skin and it is through this that they can allow their personality to shine regardless of what they’re wearing.
Choose something trendy, choose something classy, choose something casual, choose something extravagant — whatever. Just remember to own your outfits with your attitude."
"The only struggle I encountered when it came to my personal style was that I wasn't confident enough to wear what I really like. I was afraid of what other people will say, and so I settled with plain [and safe] ensembles. But then, I overcame it by learning to love myself and my imperfections. It was then that I realised that being able to dress the way I want [by my own rules] boosted my confidence.
Fast forward to my style now, I learned to love experimental ensembles. You would mostly see me going for classy and sophisticated pieces without any more inhibitions."
"Style is personal. There are no rules. Style comes from knowing who you are and who you want to be, but of course, there are struggles. And to me, it was the fact that I love mixing fabrics and shapes in different ways. I like to dress up in a playful, flirty manner, and be girly with flouncy skirts and cinched waists. But sometimes, I worry about people judging me because of how dynamic my style is.
I used to encounter people staring at me as if I'm from a different planet, and their eyes are all on me, and it made me feel so conscious about myself and my style. But I told myself, hey, my business is my business. I feel like it looks good on me, and I know how to work with what I’ve got, and I’m ready to flaunt it without looking like I'm trying too hard. It made me realise that I can’t please everyone to like what I'm wearing. It's all about having confidence in knowing that you can pull off whatever it is that you're are wearing."
So to everyone, I encourage you to take risks and follow your true style to keep your wardrobe modern, fun, and exciting!"