Your clothes are one of the first things that people can see about you that can be used to make a first impression. Who you are can be conveyed through your fashion choices, which is why we have style personalities to help us choose clothing that represents us. If you are someone who likes to look polished and sophisticated, your clothes should reflect this by looking structured, clean, and pressed. Whereas if you are a more laid-back or natural type, it would be safe to assume that you would like something comfortable and easy to wear.
Everyone has a unique look and dressing to embrace your personal style will make you feel comfortable and confident in your choices. While most of us don't have daily photos taken, in the life of a celebrity it is just the way things are! By having so many photos taken on a daily basis, we have the ability to very clearly see the progression of someone's style.
It is very interesting to look into Victoria Beckham’s style evolution. In her “Spice Girls” time, her neon bra and zebra print combo, or head-to-toe leather and spiky hair was her signature. Maybe it reflects her youth and perhaps the fact that she was only just gaining celebrity status. Or it may also suggest that she hadn’t really found her own style yet.
Our clothes reveal not only how styles have changed but how you have, or haven’t, developed your own style and gained confidence in your look. When you revisit old photos you can see why you dressed a certain way during a certain period of your life from being at school, your first job, university, travelling, marriage, being a mum, and so on. Whatever path you took, your clothes will have reflected your lifestyle at that time and how you wanted to express yourself in your clothes at that time. You may have had periods where you couldn’t afford to dress quite how you wanted so perhaps you didn’t bother at all or you got creative with what you had, shopped second hand or rummaged through mum’s or even grandma’s wardrobe. Or, maybe your career got you stuck in a groove of wearing particular colours or outfits and you didn’t know where to go with your style outside of work.
The important question is, are you happy with your style now? Do you feel good in your clothes and do you know what you look good in? When you look back at how you dressed five, ten, twenty or more years ago, do you feel your personal style has progressed in a good way? Do you feel your clothes reflect your personality and who you are now?
Sometimes looking back can nudge us forward. It can highlight whether we have got into a bit of a rut and that maybe we just need a bit of a change. If your style is still working for you, and we mean style, not fashion, that’s great. However, if you are feeling a little flat in the fashion department then it’s time for a review and to decide whether your style still fits who you are, your career aspiration, your position, your age, your lifestyle and your personality.