Can you really define personal style? & a quick update

Talking style journeys, style icons and having a definitive style. Plus a quick blog update.

My style journey

Personally, I have been on a journey with my personal style; like most people have. I’ve been into fashion ever since I can remember and when I was younger my style icons included Mary-Kate and Ashley and anyone on the Disney channel. I would also find inspiration from reading the fashion sections in my kids’ magazines which were filled with brightly coloured and heavily layers looks e.g t-shirts over long sleeve tops (why was that a thing!?). As I got older my style changed with my age and became more grown up but still girlie, which I still love now. Then a couple of years ago I had a phase where I was really into edgier but still glam kinda looks and took inspiration from the edgier looks of Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards and Kylie Jenner.  Over the summer of this year, I got more into the looks that are popular on Instagram: cycling shorts, crop tops, joggers etc. And now I’m back to a girlier style; which could be down to the fact I’ve binge-watched all six seasons of gossip girl again.

I love taking inspiration from a range of people and I love loads of different styles from classic and girlie to more modern on-trend looks. I definitely go through phases of what I like and I enjoy having the freedom to mix it up. I love being able to dress however I want that day, some days I feel like jeans and a jumper and others I feel like wearing a blouse or even a skirt.

Style icons

I also like to have a range of style icons and believe that even if someones your style icon it doesn’t necessarily mean you dress exactly like them. I have a wide range of people I look to for style inspiration from Kim Kardashian to Kate Middleton (which is quite a contrast) but I don’t dress identically to any of them. I think personal style is about finding people whose style and looks you love and mixing elements of those together to create a style that’s unique to you. 

Defining personal style

I don’t think defining your style should require effort and require you to physically sit and create it, we each have a personal style naturally which we don’t necessarily need to define. I also think we shouldn’t box ourselves into a certain style category. It’s nice to sometimes wear things that are the complete opposite of what you’d normally go for. A lot of personal style videos get you to narrow your style down but I feel like you should be able to wear anything you want depending on your mood. I’m not saying a definitive style is bad, definitely not, but it’s nice to experiment.

I know this doesn’t quite flow together and is a bit of a ramble but it’s something I wanted to write about. The bottom line is don’t be afraid to experiment and don’t worry about having a definitive style. 

I would love to hear your thoughts on this in the comments and I’d also love to know who your style icons are too.

[This post was inspired by these posts: 1, 2 ]


I also have a quick update, you may notice whilst I’ve been away the blog has had a makeover and I’ve renamed it The Alice May Edit. There are still a few tweaks to be made but I love how it’s turned out. Have a look around if you haven’t already, I’ve also added an insta shop page like a real fashion blogger.

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