How to develop your personal style in 5 easy steps

Being a teenager is quite hard when it comes to clothes. I guess you start to push the boundaries of how short a skirt you can wear or how high heels you can get away with or even how much chest you can flaunt without looking cheap or annoying your parents. There are also many different fashions and styles to consider, there can be anything up into double figures in just one season. This spring/summer saw pastels, boho, sports luxe, male influences, tartan, white, metallics, folk, the list goes on and on. But for some people it is as simple as wearing what the majority of people in your town are wearing (this was extremely prominent where I live). It seemed to be that a leather jacket, graphic t shirt, dark blue jeans and white converse all together made the outfit that everyone from the age of 13-16 was wearing. I would walk through the town centre and seem to have multiple cases of deja vu. But no, they were all different people wearing almost identical clothes. Not me though, I might add. I was an anomaly.

I think most people have an image in their head of what they want to look like- I know I do. However trying to stick to this is very hard. I have been through several phases of trying to revamp my wardrobe to a new look but ended up getting side tracked halfway through. Many times. But there are ways to slowly evolve your wardrobe to a new style and a new you. I think I have come up with a list of things to do in order to keep yourself on track to developing a personal style.

1. Don’t follow the latest fashions.

They will be out again soon enough. Of course if you just happen to be avant garde and what you have been wearing for years comes into fashion then all is well. The only problem with this is that when it goes out of fashion you may look like silly. There are three solutions to this problem. a) carry on wearing it anyway- who cares what other people think? b) hang it up in your wardrobe for a year and bring it out again when you feel the time is right. c) get rid of it- a slightly stupid drastic approach, especially if you really like something but the option is always there.

2. Find celebrities who wear what you like.

This way you can scan the internet or magazines for photos of them and pin them to a cork board or blu tack then to your walls or door. This way you have constant inspiration for your clothes. Not sure how to wear a top, look to them for advice. The only word of warning is don’t copy them exactly. By doing this (especially if it is someone instantly recognisable by their style) you will end up looking like you are trying to be them. Not cool. Also, if they are a celeb their clothes will probably be out of the price range for the average teenager. Depressing, but true. Use your chosen celebs for a stimulus and to gather a few ideas.

3. Find shops which 9 times out of 10 sell things you would wear.

If you have a few go-to shops then you will be able to buy things which suit you and what you want. Find similar shops to those you love and sell similar clothes to those you love also. This is a simple concept and easy to administer. Obviously you need a few places up your sleeve otherwise you end up looking like a walking billboard, something you should avoid at all costs. I look at some people and can’t help thinking that they just look like a Topshop mannequin.

4. Buy several staple items

A staple item is one that can be worn with almost anything. It can be dressed up or down and go with nigh on any colour. Suggestions for this sort of thing would be:

  • a white shirt- this will literally go with anything. Since I bought one last year I haven’t looked back, it is the most worn item in my wardrobe. I goes with any style, it can be teamed with the latest trends or something vintage or just quirky.
  • a blazer- ideally black, grey or navy. This will smarten up an outfit in the blink of an eye. It can be worn with jeans, a dress, skirt, shorts, t-shirt, shirt you name it.
  • white shoes- again, they will go with anything. However try and avoid converse- they are fairly expensive and as I said earlier, everyone wears them.
  • a statement necklace
  • simple skirt
  • t-shirts in a variety of neutral colours
  • vest tops
  • black skinny jeans (even if you are going for a smarter, less casual approach they still work wonders
  • a pair of leggings, whether you love them or hate them they are super comfy and great for almost any weather

That just about concludes my list. The only thing I can think is a pair of nude heels for anyone a bit older, they can be worn with any colour dress or just about any outfit really.

5. Don’t be afraid to look in vintage shops

I love vintage clothing so I’m a bit biased on this point but I would still recommend them. You will almost certainly find something for you ¬†even if it takes a bit longer than in your average high street shop. But patience is rewarded. Don’t be put off if you don’t find something straight away and be prepared to be surprised. You never know what you will find. If you are unsure about this I recommend watching ‘This Old Thing’. It’s a show about vintage clothing and upcycling old clothes presented by Dawn O’Porter. It’s on Channel 4 at 8p on a Wednesday for any UK readers.

So that’s it. I hope this post has been helpful and intuitive and maybe inspired you to change your look, don’t be scared of standing out and looking a bit different to everyone else!

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World Cup 2014

I have very little to no interest in football. So the world cup just meant that turning on the TV was perilous at best. I watched about 20 minutes of the final which just seemed to go on and on and was possibly the worst spent 20 minutes of my life. I know this post has come a big late as the world cup finished ages ago but I have only just gotten around to writing this. This post has more to it than just slagging off football, I promise.

 

Last world cup I was still in primary school and was joyously oblivious to the hard work and general world of high school. I loved primary school and kind of miss it actually. However next world cup I will have left school, A levels and all. I will either be on my way to Uni (hopefully) or on a gap year somewhere nice (this is just me dreaming). Or neither. I could be working in a shop somewhere earning next to nothing. I hope it isn’t the last one.

This was really just a reminiscing post about my primary school, a brief chance to reflect rather nostalgically on my life 4 years ago. And a chance to have a think about my future.

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World Wide Wednesday- Jakarta

It has been a while since I last did a World Wide Wednesday post so while the summer holidays are on I intend to do some more as they were generally my best recieved posts. So to kick start my posting I chose Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. As far as I am aware I haven’t done a post on a city before so this is the first of its kind. After seeing a program about Jakarta last week I made up my mind very quickly that it was somewhere I wanted to go. It is an incredible city with slums just metres away from tall, modern, wealthy housing skyscrapers. I would want to visit all parts of the city and its surrounding area as it is just beautiful. Here are some pictures

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Thanks for reading!

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Art School

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Tile Leggings

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Incredible Places

Now, i’m not going to sit here and say that there are the world’s most incredible places but I will say that they are some of the most, there are so many beautiful places on the planet that to compile them all would be an impossible task. Also, it is completely a matter of opinion. I may find something to be absolutely breathtaking and you may think it nothing more than ok.

Anyway, let’s crack on…

 

Bamboo forest, Kyoto, Japan

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Bonn, Germany

bonn germany

Hillier Lake, Australia

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The Wave, Arizona

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Zhangye, China

A visitor stands at a viewing platform in the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in Zhangye, northwest Chinas Gansu province.The Danxia (red rays of the sun) landform is a unique type of petrographic geomorphology which is found only in China, consists of red-colored sandstones and conglomerates of largely Cretaceous age. The unusual colours of the rocks are the result of red sandstone and mineral deposits being laid down over 24 million years. The resulting layer cake was then buckled by the same tectonic plates responsible for parts of the Himalayan mountains. Wind and rain finished the job by carving weird and wonderful shapes including natural pillars, towers, ravines, valleys and waterfalls - that differ in colour, texture, shape, size and pattern. The area is fast becoming a popular tourist attraction for the sleepy town of Zhangye. A number of boardwalks and roads have been built to encourage visitors to explore the amazing rock formations.

Tulip fields, Holland

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International- the results

A long time ago, when my blog was just starting, I wrote a post about countries I would like to have views from, and I have been more than successful. I have received views from Australia, Russia and several countries in Africa, which were are places I wanted visits from. I feel incredibly lucky to have such a wide audience of readers from all around the globe. Here is the map from my stats so you can see where I have had views from yourself…

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The emptiest continent is Africa but I’m sure this will change over time. As you can see, the UK has had by far the most views, followed by the USA. Greece comes in a surprising 3rd closely followed by Canada. South America has given me plenty of views, something I found quite surprising.

Here is a list of the countries I have hads views from

United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom
United States FlagUnited States
Greece FlagGreece
Canada FlagCanada
France FlagFrance
Germany FlagGermany
Spain FlagSpain
Italy FlagItaly
Netherlands FlagNetherlands
Australia FlagAustralia
Poland FlagPoland
China FlagChina
Russian Federation FlagRussian Federation
Georgia FlagGeorgia
Egypt FlagEgypt
India FlagIndia
Indonesia FlagIndonesia
Finland FlagFinland
Ukraine FlagUkraine
Singapore FlagSingapore
Ireland FlagIreland
Croatia FlagCroatia
Bulgaria FlagBulgaria
Hungary FlagHungary
South Africa FlagSouth Africa
Mexico FlagMexico
Philippines FlagPhilippines
Peru FlagPeru
Brazil FlagBrazil
Bosnia and Herzegovina FlagBosnia and Herzegovina
Portugal FlagPortugal
Japan FlagJapan
Norway FlagNorway
Bangladesh FlagBangladesh
Bolivia FlagBolivia
Sweden FlagSweden
Belgium FlagBelgium
Denmark FlagDenmark
Slovenia FlagSlovenia
Serbia FlagSerbia
Argentina FlagArgentina
Israel FlagIsrael
Morocco FlagMorocco
Montenegro FlagMontenegro
Viet Nam FlagViet Nam
Switzerland FlagSwitzerland
Austria FlagAustria
Malaysia FlagMalaysia
Hong Kong FlagHong Kong
Turkey FlagTurkey
Latvia FlagLatvia
Guatemala FlagGuatemala
Jersey FlagJersey
Maldives FlagMaldives
Korea, Republic of FlagRepublic of Korea
Malta FlagMalta
Costa Rica FlagCosta Rica
Slovakia FlagSlovakia
Thailand FlagThailand
Pakistan FlagPakistan
Chile FlagChile
United Arab Emirates FlagUnited Arab Emirates
Kazakhstan FlagKazakhstan

Thank you to my readers and my followers who make blogging so much more rewarding. I don’t think I would enjoy blogging nearly as much if people didn’t read my posts.

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Denim Jacket

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Tunes Tuesday- Busted

As I said last week I grew up listening to Busted and, unlike McFly, I actually have a favourite song. I only knew a few of the words from the chorus growing up and sang them repetitively for what seemed like forever.

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