The journey to personal style and labeling
Now let me tell you, it's been a *hot* minute since I posted on this page. I've been telling myself for months I need to get back into writing, but life seems to have happened and has kept me quiet. However, recently I enlisted the help of the amazing photographer Alex Ivory to take a few shots of a look, and the result was too good to not share. I also felt like I wanted to take this time to have a little chat about personal style, and ditching 'labels'.
It is difficult to consistently pin-point exactly what inspires a lot of my outfit choices, as I find this can change daily. Although I do admire the groups of people who can conform truly to one specific subculture or another, dedicating their whole self to such, it simply isn't me! I like to have my metaphorical fingers in as many pies as possible, and would never limit myself to one single way of dressing.
To me, personal style is taking inspiration from subcultures and current trends and making them your own. I would say I am heavily influenced by skinhead, punk and mod subcultures, although I wouldn't limit myself to just this either. I enjoy having the freedom to incorporate different elements to one look, without having to feel like I am wearing a 'uniform'. As well as looking to the past for inspiration, I do like to keep on top of current and upcoming trends - however, I am not a fan of buying into trends or supporting fast fashion brands!
A good example of how I like to keep up with trends, without buying into fast fashion is with a new pair of Dr Martens. I am genuinely in awe of how the brand seem to keep me buying, no matter how large my collection grows. Monthly, I find myself saying "I won't need any more Dr Martens for a while" and before I know it, another pair has been placed in my basket and will be with me in 3 to 5 working days. (and I... oop!). Although Dr Martens have been running the show for decades, they seem to perfectly blend their original style and shape along with the trends of today. Platform shoes, boots and trainers have been doing the rounds for a while now, and are something I am fond of. When I laid eyes on these platform Church boots, they had to be mine.
As for the rest of my outfit in this shoot, it's definitely a bit of a head turner. I love the way the colours came out on film, which somehow juxtaposes fresh vibrant shades with a familiar nostalgic feel. This look isn't going to be for everyone, but I can say I definitely felt pretty bad-ass roaming the streets of Leeds in this getup, and can't wait to wear the whole thing again!
I hope you will all excuse the length of time it took be to get back to blogging, as well as how incoherent this rusty 'welcome back' post inevitably will be. I'll be back much sooner with my next post, but for now, I hope you all enjoy these shots as much as I do!
Until next time,
Kilt: Fred Perry x Le Kilt (old season - similar here)
Boots: Dr Martens
Photography: Alex Ivory