I’m going to start my first blog post the way fairytales tend to start.
Ever since I was a little girl, I was always mesmerised by clothes. The rainbow of colours, the different textures, the shapes, the way they moved… But it wasn’t just how they looked, it was how they made me feel.
Being able to change my clothes at any given opportunity throughout the week, even throughout the day, was all part of the fun for me. I could be whoever I wanted, whenever I wanted. Although admittedly it would drive my mother insane with all of the extra laundry I helped to accumulate. Sorry, mum.
I didn’t just love to get dressed; I used clothes to create my own type of unique. From conflicting colours to different textures, no matter how weird and wonderful they were, they helped form part of who I was that day. Which could be anybody! Today I could be Miss Vintage Glamour, tomorrow I could be rocking festival chic.
Looking back on this time now I can see that my love of going against the grain has always been there. I like to think outside of the box that the box was delivered in, and dress to match too.
But that’s not all. To me, fashion is also a reflection of what’s going on in the outside world. Whether it’s the hustle and bustle of the city to the quiet and quaint countryside, fashion changes wherever you go, and that conveys different things to different people.
To me, it’s a true representation of the imagination of cultures and colours that can be seen all over the world. In a way, it doesn’t matter where you come from, whether it’s a different continent entirely or a different part of the same town. Fashion encompasses absolutely everything that is beautiful and different about the world. There’s a hint of all four corners of the world visible within the industry, the options are never ending if we learn from each other. And the possibilities for our wardrobe, our outfits, and the people we want to be is never ending too.
Now we’ve covered what fashion means to me, I want to talk about what style means to me.
Oh yes, I believe they are completely different things!
To me, style is an expression of who I choose to be right now; fashion is simply how I express it. Whatever mood I’m in, style allows me to create a custom invitation to the outside world into my personality. Hello there, nice to meet you today.
Whether they’re separate or the same thing, the words fashion and style are synonymous with money and having it. But not to me. Being on the cover of Vogue isn’t what it’s all about – although let’s admit it, I wouldn’t say no to that – to me it all adds together to be an experiment. One you can’t put a price on. No matter how you truly want to express yourself, make yourself feel better or boost your confidence, and for that most people turn to clothes.
As cheesy as it may sound, fashion is a key. It’s a key to unlocking an untapped treasure trove of creativity that exists inside you, even if you may not know it. This part of you doesn’t care for the boundaries, throws the “how tos” out of the window and considers rules to be more like guidelines. And if I want to find that part of myself, all I have to do is open my wardrobe.
Thanks to Heartfelt Styling, it’s our job to guide people as they find this part of themselves; as they unlock that treasure trove. And over the years of helping people, we’ve found that the best advice we’ve ever given out is simply to have fun, never take yourself, or your fashion sense, too seriously, and your beautiful and most magical self will automatically come shining through.
From our founder at Heartfelt Styling
If you ever want to unlock your inner treasure trove, why not get in touch? I’m sure we can help.