Who is your modern day fashion icon?

Aug 1, 2023
Xander Beaumont
Who is your modern day fashion icon?

Moulding the Modern Wardrobe

When I began my journey into the world of fashion I had no idea where it was going to take me. Flicking through glossy magazines I'd secretly purchased from the corner newsstand, I was initially filled with awe and wonder at the outrageous outfits that I could only imagine wearing. This fascination slowly began to morph into curiosity as I began to ask myself who was creating these imaginative ensembles, from the sharply tailored suits to the most outrageous avant-garde pieces. This curiosity turned into obsession and soon enough, I found myself pouring over high fashion shoots and runway shows, deciphering the elements of style that attracted me, and pushed me into the world of fashion blogging.

Exploring Your Personal Style

So, what is personal style and why does it matter? It's the expression of who you are, and more often than not, the first impression you give to others. The beauty of fashion is that it allows you to communicate this without saying a word. Elizabeth, my better half, often says that the way people present themselves is an insight into their personality, a tool for understanding an individual's aesthetic point of view. This sense of uniqueness is what fashion thrives on.

Personal style can be influenced by many things including personal interests, culture, body type and even profession. Interests often play a big role in this; for instance, if you're big into sports, you might gravitate towards sportswear and activewear brands. Profession too can play a part, with those in creative fields often opting for more eclectic and statement-driven wardrobes.

Icons of the Modern Age

Speaking of icons, there's an interesting quote from my favourite comic book anti-hero, Deadpool, that goes, "We are the sum of all our actions and experiences, and our style should reflect that." This holds true for some of the greatest fashion icons of today. Harry Styles, for instance, wasn't always the Gucci-clad gender fluid icon he is now. His evolution, much like ours, was gradual and a result of his personal experiences and influences.

Guiding Light: Learning from Fashion Forward Celebrities

Fashion-forward celebrities, from film stars to pop diva, all contribute towards shaping fashion as we see it. Take Zendaya for instance, who has graciously danced her way into our hearts with her impressive acting prowess and impeccable sense of style. Whether it's a red carpet event or a casual day out, Zendaya never fails to showcase her flair for fashion with bold, risky and rewarding outfits. Don't be afraid of taking risks. Remember, "comfort" can sometimes be another word for "boring".

Adapting to Change: Celebrity Influence on Trends

Trends, whether we like it or not, play a big part in our style decisions. A trend is essentially what is currently fashionable or popular in the market. Designers create trends, celebrities popularise them, and consumers adopt them. We often see this in real-time, with many of us eager to emulate our favourite celebrity's latest look at awards shows or in music videos.

The challenge here though is to make the trend work for you. It's easy to fall into the trap of blindly following what's 'in', but it's crucial to remember that what works for Rihanna or Harry Styles might not quite work for me or you. The objective here, therefore, is to see how best you can incorporate the trend into your personal style rather than letting the trend define you.

Nominated for Best Personal Style: You!

At the end of the day, fashion is about expressing yourself. You might admire your favourite celebrity's style, you might absolutely love the way Bella, our Beagle, tilts her head when she sees me in a new suit, but ultimately it should be about how you feel in the clothes. I often get lost trying to replicate outfits I see on Oliver, our Siamese cat, but Elizabeth always brings me back to reality with a shake of her head and a simple piece of advice - "Be you."

And that, friends, is the key to honing your style. Learn from the icons, follow the trends you like, take risks, be creative, experiment, and at the end of the day, always remember to stay true to yourself. In an ever-evolving world of fashion and style, one thing that should remain constant is you. After all, who better to tell your story than you yourself? And what better way to do it than through your unique personal style?