Posted on 31 January 2017
Sarah Jessica Parker, Olivia Palermo, Kate Moss, you name it, they've all had it. What are we talking about? Why an awkward style phase of course. Nailing your sartorial style isn't something that happens just overnight and everyone has to go through their fair share of mohair jumpers and leather patch jeans before they realise their true fashion self.
With that in mind, we talk to four fashionable women about their quest for their personal style.
From the ages of about 15 to 18, you could not prize me out of my oversized t-shirts and denim hot pants, and I wasn't the only one as all my friends were dressed pretty much identically. Sadly, at only 5 foot 3, this look literally swamped me. While I might be at my happiest still in something oversized, I have finally come to accept that for me it's all about playing with proportions - tucking in that baggy T-shirt to accentuate the waist, adding a heel to baggy trousers to give some much needed height.
It's not that I am a goth, I just really love the colour black, I mean, if it was one of Coco Chanel's favourite colours, I can't be going too wrong. When I went to move house a couple of years ago, I found a box of old pictures of myself and realised in all of the pictures I am dressed head to toe in black and came to the conclusion that it might be too much of a good thing. While I will never give up black, I have now made it more of a style staple in my wardrobe, rather than the only option and am gradually introducing more colours and patterns. I've come to terms with the fact that I am more of a plain dresser, and I'm happy with that, but now know that plain doesn't need to mean one tone all the time.
I never really thought much about my style until my hen do. All of my friends played a game where they had to pick one thing that they thought was most me, and they all picked my love for chunky jewellery. I'm very petite so have always used jewellery to give me some much needed bulk, but upon talking about it, I've realised I use it for so much more than that, I use it as a weapon. If I am tired, I throw on a big, bright necklace to take away the focus on my under eye bags, if I'm feeling depressed, on goes a chunky bracelet which will cheer me up overtime I look at it. I also find it quite funny how I managed to find my personal style without even thinking about it.
Some people do crossfit, some people do yoga - me, I buy prints. You name it, I have it; leopard, watercolour, tie die, brocade, I've tried, and loved them all. I'm somewhat of a magpie by nature so think my love for patterns and prints was just a natural progression of my style and I have to say, I wouldn't change it for anything.