Personal style is all about self-expression. What makes it appear effortless is the level to which that given style is authentic to the wearer. Let's pause for a minute, and rephrase, what does that actually mean? In short, I'm saying, unless you're dressed in pieces which truly reflect who you are at your core, it will always feel as though you’re wearing a costume ... Donning someone else's identity essentially … And what's worse? ... You’ll always feel completely uncomfortable while doing it.
Sort of like that time you left the house as a kid wearing that "thing" your mom swore you'd look cute in ... Only to spend the entire day feeling completely awkward and counting down the hours until you got home could peal it off. Shudders at the memories of orthopedic styled school shoes gone by. Thanks mom, lol.
Today, as fun and layered as my style might appear, it’s also equally as simple. It derives from two major aspects of my personality, my love for all things culture & history (in this case we’re talking vintage). These two style components marry so well together because for me? … it's genuine. My "Globally Classic" style is a direct representation of who I am & what I love.
It's the common thread found throughout any genre of clothing I wear … And honestly, that really is the secret to how I'm able to flow effortlessly between looks. From rocker to fairy princess … from free-spirited culture lover to professional work-ware … while the theme may change depending on my mood or setting, the core foundation of my “Globally Classic” style never changes.
This winter look was no different. Rather than freaking over what to wear during a deep chill, I immediately went to my "uniform" of culture pieces and vintage classics. In this case, I pulled a few accessories with cultural significance from:
· African and Papua New Guinea - Cowrie Shell Ring: Symbolizing wealth and good luck
· Ghana, W. Africa – Nyame Ring: Meaning “God is Supreme” in Ashanti Adinkra symbols
· Bali – Mala (prayer) Bead Bracelet: Used for deep meditation sessions
· India – Ganesha (elephant) Ring: The symbolizing the Hindu god know as the "remover of obstacles"
· Egypt – Pyramid Ring with the "All Seeing Eye" worn for protection.
In addition to this, the star of my look happened to be twofold, these beautifully lined shearling leather boots from Born and this showstopper of a vintage coat. Did I mention that it happened to be an 100% authentic silver fox fur sourced for my personal collection?!
I’ve been waiting all winter for colder temps just to wear it * girly swoons. * Not only is it warm, but its simple elegance can really pull together and polish off any last minute outfit. Simple top, flirty skirt, great boots, statement coat, and cultured accessories … all pulled together in a matter of minutes. Once you’ve mastered your own personal style, pulling together your “go to” items and creating a look on the fly that’s completely your own becomes a breeze!