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Creating that personal style with a dose of awareness: starting off

Creating that personal style with a dose of awareness: starting off

I don’t know about you guys but my personal style always seem to be a project in the making. I never seem to quite get there, by no means knowing where there actually is… I’ve thus far been through rather a lot of different styles/stages in my life including things like rebellious teenager and far-from-wealthy student. And I really have learnt a lot from all of them, maybe mostly so what really doesn’t suit me.

Now, at the tender age of 28 I think I’ve landed in something that does contain a little bit from all those styles but mainly I’ve come to the conclusion that I just want to look like me. Like a grown up, preferably flawless, version of myself. I also think I’ve started to narrow down the styles, fits and forms that does feel like me. However… since I’ve recently started my (in lack of a less cringeworthy word) ”journey”, to a more sustainable wardrobe and with it a bit more awareness to my overall consumption, I find myself in somewhat of a no man’s land. 

Feeling like I’ve not quite gotten the hang of what to look for in terms of fabrics, garments, manufacturing, ethical labour and so on. Where to look for it, are there any physical stores to go to, what websites will cary these items and what brands could I start falling in love with. And last but not least, how will I make a conscious style change without breaking the bank. All these things have made me feel quite hesitant in buying any new stuff, which in all fairness probably isn't that bad, except sometimes you actually really need new clothes you guys! I’m genuinely worried come winter my lady parts will get frost bites because I don’t have a single pair of jeans without crotch holes. 

Here’s my problem though. When lurking through websites, books, podcasts etc everyone seemed to be telling me the same things; you need to build up a wardrobe in these basic colours, in these basic materials, for these basic occasions. Now, I don’t respond very well to people telling me what to do, I tend to behave exactly how you would expect a four year old to. But even so the last thing I want is to feel like I’m playing dress up in my own clothes which is what I fear would happen with this advice. And hey not everyone is made for a cool toned, sleek looking, everything matches kinda style!

 

Please note that I will in no way try to advice you in any ’clothes to wear for a pear shaped body’ etc because first of all I am no expert on the matter and second of all my philosophy is ’if you love it, you’ll rock it’.
 

But since having a closet full of things that would set off any trypophobe (google’s your friend) is not the route for me I have, in the end, had to start my own investigation. It is indeed a very slow process but I’m getting there. I’ve been positively blown away by the brands and people out there who's doing so much in trying to bring together consciousness and style. 

Here is the the part you need to really pay attention to. If there is only one thing I can convey through paintbyface it is to make you stop and think before you buy. What happened before I got this item/piece of clothing/product in my hand? And is that a process I can support? Obviously this is not all black and white and there’s no way of knowing everything from the start, I certainly don’t, but by opening up to questions and giving your critical thinking a little workout you’ll come a long way. So now for the big question. Is there a way to build up a cool, personalised, sustainable, conscious and maintainable wardrobe? I really believe there is, I promise you. I am beyond excited about this project and my hope is to make you feel the same way. I’m not sure yet where we’ll end up, but more than anything I would love to have you along for the ride. So let’s get on shall we…

 

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