The Evolution of my Style (Part 2)
Following the success of my previous "style evolution" post, I decided to hit you with another one. I had so much fun myself creating the last one, digging through the archives and seeing how much has changed (and surprisingly, stayed the same!) Be sure to check out part 1 of this series, then keep reading if you want to take a journey through time with me...
First, let's take a look at July 2015. I remember buying this sleeveless polo from Urban Outfitters, obviously because of how much it resembles a Fred Perry polo. Back then, I definitely didn't have the money to buy so much genuine Fred Perry, I was doing an apprenticeship at the time and working weekends at Vans just to survive. I love my creativity here: "if I wear this cheap top with a Fred Perry necklace, people might think I paid a fortune for it!" Fast-forward to now, and it's safe to say my Fred Perry collection has grown massively, I'm no longer fooling anyone with my clever trickery.
Another notable brand upgrade came a year later, with this homage to Bella Freud from Zara. I had been made aware of Bella through her collaboration with Fred Perry back in 2014, obsessed with every piece in her collections with them. At this time, I could have only dreamed of affording a genuine Bella Freud jumper from her own line. I'm not sure wether, in 2016, other people caught onto her genius and that is why I found this "1970" top in Zara. What can I say, I just loved a bargain! After a couple more years of deliberation, I finally invested in the real deal, and it is still one of my most valued and loved pieces of knitwear in my collection.
Whilst we're on the subject of investment pieces, it's worth mentioning accessories. As you probably know, I am a self-confessed accessory phobic. Because of this, my collection isn't huge and I try to take good care of the pieces I do have. The photograph on the left was taken in May 2016, the first time I ever used this Dr Martens bag after purchasing it, and as you can see, it's still going strong in a recent post Instagram taken just last week. The quality of Dr Martens bags are comparable to their footwear, they're built to last and with the right amount of love and care, they will do just that!
Another common theme I have noticed whilst digging deep, is my love of colour. The photograph on the left was taken in 2017, and there's no reward for correctly guessing my favourite colour: orange! Nowadays, I still love orange but I am not drawn to it as much as other colours (such as pink, obviously). I'm glad of the fact I have never been afraid of colour, and actually feel a lot more "myself" when I'm in a bright outfit, compared to all black. It's worth mentioning my makeup evolution here too. I never used to experiment with makeup back in 2017, and never, ever wore eyeshadow. Wether I was heading to work, or on a night out, the photograph on the left is exactly how my makeup would look at all times. Oh, how the times have changed!
I thought it would be fun to finish on a bit of a curve-ball, and feature a past outfit that I can't imagine ever wearing again. I didn't exactly have a comparable recent outfit to post alongside, so I just chose my most recent outfit photo from Instagram. First, I'll start by saying, I actually think the outfit from 2018 is a great outfit. I still have all of the components in my wardrobe (although I did give the bag to my mum!) I just find it interesting that I went out for food and drinks, in an outfit I would now consider "job interview clothes". Seriously, can any of you imagine me wearing this outfit anymore? I suppose that is where the 'evolution' comes into play, because if we dressed in the exact same way forever, things would get very boring - very quickly.
Once again, I hope you enjoyed this post taking a look at how things have changed (or indeed stayed the same!) I love creating posts like this, and I'm glad you seem to like them too. Let me know if you would like another post similar to this - all my photographs are taken from my Instagram page, which I created back in 2013, however I'm sure I can find some older ones by exploring other social media and personal photographs... if I dare commit to the cringe-fest that was pre-2012.
Thanks for reading, until next time,