Fellow blogger, The Sartorialist, has just posted his first-ever Sartorial Contest on the topic of personal style. Winners will receive a signed copy of Bruce Weber's new book Sex & Words (only 2,000 in publication). The contest asks readers to answer the simple, yet complex, question - "What has most inspired your personal style?"
A question that is not novel yet which so many people (I think) are clueless too. How did our personal style come about? What really is our personal style? When did it happen? Where did it derive from? Who influenced it? Who didn't influence it?
Personal style - not an easy feat, it seems. This question has sparked some tribulation in my mind. Am I really on a quest to achieve my personal style? Do I already have a personal style? Do people see it and I don't?
I think that if we look back we could recognize the individuals with a true sense of personal style. Individuals who have, inadvertently, made a mark in fashion history - Lauren Bacall, Katherine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Coco Chanel, Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Madonna... and on and on. I wonder, did they know what their personal style really was? Did they know that they were leaving their marks?
Well, I answered The Sartorialist's contest question on the basis of what first came to mind when I read "What has most inspired your personal style?"
"My personal style is, at the present moment, in development. I feel like I am just coming into my own personal style. I have stopped trying to emulate my friends or stars on TV or anyone else of the like. I take style hints from everything and everyone, but if it does not stick to me then I don't adopt it regardless if it’s all the rage at the moment.
I think personal style has a lot to do with really knowing yourself, trusting yourself and doing what works for you (and only you). And this is why I say it’s in development because I am in the process of really beginning to fully trust myself and know who I am (despite what people say or think I am).
I also think personal style changes, yet there is always a root of your personal style that will follow you through the years. I think my “personal style root” is classic no matter if I am in a grunge mood or a sweater set and pearls mood. And I think that root was inspired from everything about the person that I am today – my childhood, my parents, my schooling, my friends (past and present), my non-friends, books, movies, travels, work experience.
For me, it’s a melting pot of life that has really inspired my personal style and which continues to do so."
What do you think about Personal Style?