You're never fully dressed without yourself
Some lessons you can learn only from a red Bandana
For the past few years I've been getting deeper and deeper into the fashion industry as a journalist, social media manager and marketing coordinator, which made me go deeper and deeper into my closet. Every meeting, event, interview and lecture makes me think about what I'm wearing. It’s never about being trendy, but more about the way the clothes make me look and feel, and about who I want to be in that particular moment. This keeps getting stronger, but it isn’t new, I may not have always had style, but I always knew how to express who I was through fashion.
When I was 11 years old, I went to school wearing red wide sweatpants with a red t-shirt and a red bandana. Looking back, it was not a good look, but damn I felt so cool. Up to this day it's one of my favorite fashion moments, simply because of the way I felt. I learned two things on that iconic day - clothes can convey the way I feel, not everything works with a red hair (come on).
There's are no rights or wrongs, there are different sides to every personality, a complexity to being a woman and continues learning and growth as a human.
Ever since, I remember different periods in my life by style I was devoted to, which was always a direct outcome of the person I wanted to be. As I grew older, I no longer wanted to look cool like I did at 11 y/o, instead I was looking to express my new femininity. I made an effort to wear short, tight skirts and mega-high heels. It wasn't long until I realized I didn't like that type of attention and mellowed it down with normal skirts (the heels never left though).
Every few years I played with my style according to my personal growth and my understanding of what I like or don’t like as much about myself. At one point I wanted to emphasize my sophisticated side with long scarfs and cardigans, then I learned that smart is cool and was obsessed with my glasses, this was followed by the "optimism is a way of life" era with bright pink colors etc.
No matter if the outfit was chic or weak (mainly weak), whether it was trendy or even if the colors matched - it always matched some side of my personality. And wow, I had many sides.
Today, I know exactly who I am, a little bit of everything. My closet now has a wide range of colors, cuts and styles. You can find me wearing a total black power suit one day and a hot pink overall on the other. There's are no rights or wrongs, there are different sides to every personality, a complexity to being a woman and continues learning and growth as a human.
Diane Von Furstenberg once said: "I didn't really know what I wanted to do, but I knew the woman I wanted to become". It's fun to know what's trendy and cool, it's important to be aware of what looks good on your body and what doesn’t, but more than anything it's crucial to know who you are.