The Secret Sauce to Building the Wardrobe You Need
Everyone wants to know the secret to having a super dope wardrobe. If you're like me then you’ve searched Google, Pinterest...you name it, trying to find the keys to success. With all of the research I’ve done, I finally found the answer.
How can we build a wardrobe that’ll become our ride or die? It's simple, be yourself.
Yes, that is the answer! Be yourself. As crazy as it may sound or if you thought this was going to be an in-depth article sharing the recipe to some secret sauce *cue Gucci Mane* it's really that easy. Essentially being yourself is what gets you far in life and that “golden rule” applies to your clothes. When we are told to be ourselves it can sometimes jar us and catch us off guard, but what does it actually mean to have a wardrobe that is 100% you?
This just means reflecting the truest version of yourself, the real and authentic you at all times. Take what fits everything unique about you- your thoughts, personality, opinions, and translate that into your style or wardrobe. I am definitely not saying that it's easy because believe me, it's not.
It takes some of us years to do this one thing and do it honestly.
Right now, we live in a period where the internet and social media heavily influence our every move. As young people we consume so much content in one day that it's almost unbelievable. We wake, checking social platforms and go to sleep doing the same. If you follow a range of "fashionista's" you can clearly see who has inspired their style or who they modeled their OOTD (outfit of the day) after. What we see directly impacts how we dress or how we view others and their style. As time goes on this type of thing is getting somewhat better but for the most part everyone is looking the same. Whether it's wanting that Kim K style or trying to look like Kanye, we all fall prey to not being ourselves in trying to be like others. With so many influences via social media it can be tough to weed out the fake from real and letting things inspire us rather than merely copying the fashion. It's easy to look at the lifestyle of celebrities because of the recognition they receive and want to be like them so we can get the same attention.
It is as if no one is truly their own individual person but being yourself is the only real way to set yourself apart! Naturally this is all apart of the growing process and coming to know who we really are.
If I'm being honest sis, I went through a tough time when it came to my style and wardrobe. I wasn't buying the clothing that I really liked because I wanted to fit in. It was tiring trying to keep up with what everyone else was wearing or even dressing a certain way to catch attention. Years ago I was the queen of cardigans and statements necklaces but because I was picked on for "dressing like I was going to church" I stopped wearing what made me feel most comfortable. Most like me. Looking for approval from others caused so much headache and resulted in me not having a sturdy wardrobe that lasted more than a season. I was constantly searching for new clothes because what I did buy weren't personal staples and they could only be worn for a short period of time.
So here's the lesson: just be yourself! Staying true to who you are takes you further in life, especially when it comes to your wardrobe and you won't regret the things you purchase.
Now that the sauce has been spilled, what will you do with it?