I'm now 3 weeks into first year at university. I chose to go with my heart and do a fashion course, International Fashion Promotion to be exact. During today's lesson we touched upon self identity and style and what influences us. We also discussed self empowerment through fashion and being confident because of the clothes we wear.
It was a subject I found myself thinking a lot about after the lesson. I am now at a point in life where I know exactly what I like and what I really dont like. But take me back a year and I was stuck in a huge hole and literally couldn't drag myself out. And although I love social media, it really didn't help. I think we've all been there, comparing ourselves to others, being pulled in by that awful fast fashion world, copying someone else's style rather than taking inspiration and putting your own stamp on it. Well if you haven't, I certainly have. I was wearing clothes that I didn't really feel great in. Consuming huge amounts (by that I mean online shopping every day) just to try and make myself feel better by keeping up with the latest 'trends' that i'd be fed up with after a week anyway. In reality, the primary reason I was unhappy was because I wasn't truly being myself. I work hard for my money and it would be gone the day after payday on a load of clothes that, lets be honest would be stuck in my wardrobe for months after, with the tag still on. I soon began to realise that I wasn't happy, and began to make little changes here and there. A year on and I'm still making those little changes but I'm so much happier and content with myself.
Which brings me on to this post 'Timeless Basics.' This season I decided to invest in some pretty expensive 'basics' however basics that I know I will still love in 3 years to come. My wardrobe staple is and will always be a crisp white shirt. This is the one item I'm wearing which isn't new, I bought it last winter and it's still going strong as one of my favourite items I own.
I'm still deciding whether Common Projects are worth the investment but will update you in a few months when they've fully been put to the test. In terms of my other purchases I'm so so happy with them. Both my pants and over shirt are wool which means I'll definitely be cosy this winter.
Photography By Jake Millers