Thursday, December 4, 2014
I love reading magazines, and I'm particularly fond of the articles in Elle Canada. While flipping through the October 2014 issue (yes, I'm that far behind in my mags) I couldn't help but tear out the article written by Clara Young titled "Woman Up". The subheading reads "what does modern power dressing mean? Be yourself."
Fashion is such a controversial industry, but when it comes down to day-to-day outfits, what should we wear? Do you have to wear black pants and a white top to work, or pointy toe pumps if you claim to be a "boss lady"? Do we all need to start wearing tartan scarves and matte nude lips because that's whats in?
I'm not big on labels, and I prefer having people ask me where I got something, as opposed to having the brand shout out to them as I walk by. That being said, it all comes down to being yourself, being comfortable, and being memorable because of that.
I loved the quote from Carrie Goldberg, a Brooklyn based lawyer, which says "I recognize the value in being memorable". (p102, Elle Oct 14)
This whole idea of being "memorable" doesn't just apply to the clothes you wear, it also applies to actions and words. Trying to be like someone else isn't ever memorable, or at least not in the way you'd want it to be. The moment I started to speak freely and not worry about what I should be doing, I gained an immediate sense of gratification and confidence.
But back to clothing and appearance. I think fashion is about taking a trend, and finding a way to make it your own. I'm all about the jewellery, and nothing feels better than throwing on a cool statement piece that I made myself and getting oodles of questions about it. That, for me, is one of the most exciting ways to be memorable.
This whole idea of nonconformity is really amazing, because people are most often celebrated when they don't fit the stereotypical mould. We should all jump out of the box here and there.
In that same article, Young states: "Harvard researchers concluded that "intentional nonconformity" sets apart the rich and powerful". (p100, Elle Oct 14) The "rich and powerful" part isn't important. What we should call attention to is this idea of intentional nonconformity.
It's good to be different. It's good to be yourself. It's good to take chances.
But do so naturally. Don't all of a sudden change your entire look or attitude, just take baby steps in having fun, changing up your look, and creating something that's uniquely you.
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