Personal style is just that, personal. It is rooted deeply in what an individual finds aesthetically appealing. Something that looks appealing to me, might look unappealing, even repulsive to others (and visa versa). Which leads me to this: A few days ago OOTD Magazine shared one of my photos from a previous post on Instagram. I'm not sure how they found it (I'm assuming Lookbook as I did not 'submit' it). At first, I was ecstatic - an Instagram feed with 1.1 million followers had shared my photo out of the blue. I loved how the outfit looked (I even referenced Burberry when styling it!), but as the comments began to roll in I realized that not everyone shared my excitement. I never knew a button-up, lace skirt and sneakers could be so polarizing. The post receive comments like: 'Ew!'
'It's outfits like these that make people not appreciate fashion for the art that it is.'
'I personally think that throwing clothes together that actually do not match has nothing at all to do with style. Abusing that gorgeous skirt with sneakers is almost a crime.'
'There's a fine line between unique and different and just plain weird.'
'Worst clothing style seen till now.'
'She could not be dressed worse.'
And a personal favorite:
'Um half the outfits you post would never show up on an actual person. Literally I used to watch What Not to Wear on TLC and almost all the clothes that you guys post are against the rules.' (45 seconds of pure laughter every time)
The fact that all of these people were referencing 'fashion rules' and 'dressing like actual people' blew my mind. 'Fashion rules' are for mom's with bad taste and I am an actual person and I do dress like this.
This is another outfit people might find 'weird'. I've recently taken to culotte's and wanted to try them for myself--they're extremely wide knee grazing shorts. When I wear them I feel like I'm a scrawny teenage boy trying to be G or Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad and I have this urge to walk around yelling, 'YO Bitch!'. I paired them with heels NOT sneakers (learnt my lesson :( - although I think a white sneaker would look awesome too), a little cut-out crop top and this airy robe-like jacket. On side note: I promise to get a pedicure by next week.