Orla Ahern discusses why it’s best to unfollow trends and start looking at your own style

(Hint: It can lead to total personal success.)

“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.” – Oscar Wilde.

For many, fashion, as a point of authority, has no great influence in day-to-day life or general aspirations. For others, fashion doesn’t even make sense. Simply put, the word is founded on trends and trends are nothing but ill-fated disasters that change so frequently we barely have time to decide if we like it or if it’s simply a glittering illusion that we’re going along with.

And they can occur so randomly. I mean…jelly shoes? Really? 

Style, on the other hand, is a whole other ball game. It is the natural possession of style that we should all aspire to achieve as we move through our lives. Have you ever looked at someone you’ve never met before, and just thought, “Wow…They have got their life together.” And it’s not because they’re falling in with the latest trend or flashing some expensive label. Their look is simple, original, effortless and most importantly – them. While it may seem a little ridiculous to think that a person’s outfit could reflect their life accomplishments and purest ambitions in a way that’s, let’s face it, entirely superficial, there has to be some level of truth in that instinctiveness.

We always hear people saying that when you look good on the outside, you feel good on the inside. Ehh-hem, supermodels of the world, we’re looking at you! Raging beauties and style queens like Miranda Kerr and Doutzen Kroes constantly reinforce this message of inner beauty, encouraging an obsession with healthiness as opposed to toxic beauty ideals. Is it also a coincidence that the pair have developed a personal style that engages this inner balance? Both of these ladies dress in a way that comes across as unified and wonderfully confident. In relation of everyone’s own unique life path, confident people are successful people. Stat. Whether it’s in a career, in education or in relationships, confidence comes from independent happiness …and happiness partly comes from pulling on a favourite t-shirt in the morning. Let’s not kid ourselves.

We can conclude that knowing what your style is, and not just in appearance, but in what movies you like or what restaurants you hate or maybe what jumper fabric is too itchy a sacrifice even on the coldest of winter days, provides a deeper level of self-esteem and a profound personal identity sure to help you set sail towards a bright and fulfilled future. Success is not overnight. We must start with one small step at a time. Why not make that first step your wardrobe? Put aside anything that you no longer wear (and everything that you bought in SS14 which you only got because it was trending in SS14) and then take a literal step back.

What are you left with? Who you really are and what you really love.

This is your style. Go from there.


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