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    6 Fail-Proof Ways to Find Your Personal Style

    6 Fail-Proof Ways to Find Your Personal Style

    Being a teen is tough. There are so many questions that you have, about the world, about yourself. It’s a time of great emotional vulnerability because there are so many experiences you open yourself up to- who you are, your future, your sexuality, potential romance, the meanings of the world and finally, what it means to grow up.

     At the same time, being a teenager is a time of great emotional strength, because these puzzling questions are difficult—and yet you are dealing with them. You are finding ways to express yourself and answer them, through art, sports, books, music, dance, video games, history, politics. Each of these outlets become personal methods of figuring out who you are. But the most visible way in which you can present yourself is in the clothes you wear.

    Developing a personal sense of style helps you connect better with the person you are inside.

    By wearing your style on your sleeve (pun intended), you can claim your own definitions. And yes: the pursuit for the right style is difficult, but you will find that developing your personal style is also a way of figuring out who you are. Here are a few ways in which you can find your personal style, and get closer to yourself.

     

    1.   Think About Yourself

     Take a break from magazines and articles telling you what the trendiest thing is. Spend some time with yourself and make a list of things that you like and dislike, and rate them. Do you like metal music? Do you like lifting weights? If so, how much? If you find that these are things you prize highly, you can actually translate them into the clothes you wear. If you like metal music, you can start wearing customized t-shirts, featuring your favorite band. If you really like working out, you can wear t-shirts that say that.  It does not matter how trendy these clothes are: they are reflective of you, and that is more important.

     

    2.    Look Through Your Wardrobe

     Maybe, even after listing the various things you like, you find that there is nothing that exceptionally stands out. Or even if you do find something, you do not want to wear it on a t-shirt. This makes the next step very important: empty out your wardrobe, and spend a few hours figuring out what you like and dislike. You will find unexpected recurrent themes: maybe you are big on blue jeans or plaid shirts. You have multiple of these clothes because you likely feel most comfortable and happy in them. Retain these clothes as building blocks of your personal style.

     

    3.   What Do You Dislike?

     With fashion, the apparel we tend to dislike is often because it highlights parts of us that we do not like. Perhaps you do not wear certain cuts of t-shirts because you think they make you look a certain way. Or maybe you are told that certain patterns do not flatter your body type. If these are your reasons behind disliking clothes, tell yourself that fashion and style can be revolutionary. Instead of shying away from certain garments, embrace them to challenge the very norms that tell you to stay away from them. Scary as this sounds, this will create a sense of confidence in you that no one can knock down.

     

    4.   Paint Your Own Story

    A huge part of style is choosing certain templates for yourself. Do you like bright colours? Pastel colours? Monochrome? Based on these combinations, pick a few colours that you love. While initially building your style, style your outfit around these colours. Comfort is key in those initial days because that will help you evolve and develop your personal style. So, good style is primarily about confidence. Wearing colours you love will give you a sense of comfort and confidence.

     

    5.   Budgeting

     Once you know what the overall style you want to incorporate is, figure out how affordable that look is. It is important to budget because while clothes are important, they can get quite expensive. If you find you and your family cannot really afford that one garment you really want, let go. There will always be lots of clothes to choose from, and one day you will be able to buy them all. As for your personal style, stick to basics that you can repeat. Buying a pair of boots, a scarf or a jacket that compliments several looks is smarter and more affordable than buying a dress you can wear in limited ways. There are also some basics you just can’t go wrong with. Gym apparel like well-suited track pants and tank tops, barely go wrong in casual settings and are always a worthwhile investment.

     

    6.  The Style is Always Evolving

     Once you have decided on a personal style, leave yourself the room to wear something radically different. If you cannot decide on a personal style, know that this is okay, and not a permanent state. The style is constantly evolving, with our many moods and age. When you look back at your photographs from when you are eight, you probably dressed nothing like you do now; and eight years hence, you will probably dress very differently. Realizing this means that you will not be limited by your style, and instead, you will form a healthy relationship with your body and yourself.

     

    Just remember: there will always be magazines telling you that certain things about your appearance aren’t great or fashionable, or stylish. At this point, remember your style, and how it is indicative of what you feel inside. Once you can do this, and be confident about it, you have found your personal style.

     

     

  • Articles, Fashion, Social, This and That

    Cosplay: Teenagers Dress Up

    Cosplay: Teenagers Dress Up

    by Lily Jacks

    Be it for Halloween, costume parties, or just for fun, many people have taken great joy in childhood dress up. I can remember in my early youth thinking that when I dressed up, I could somehow magically become that character. I would get so into my character that sometimes I would even forget that I was not, in fact, Cinderella or Hermione Granger. Sometimes, I even wore my costumes to school. (For my kindergarten school picture I wore a tiger costume!) This hobby is one that most people grow out of as time moves forward.

    However, I did not want to grow out of dress-up. In sixth grade I heard about cosplay through the internet. Of course I had little to no idea at the time what cosplay was, but I knew that it connected to my childhood hobby. I did a little research and discovered that cosplay is a rather popular activity among teens and young adults. What makes it different from dressing up as a child is the quality and time put into the costumes and the interaction of cosplayers within their community online and at the conventions.

    By seventh grade my sister made a friend who was an active member of the cosplay community. We formed our own cosplay group focusing on Japanese anime characters. Through this group, we became more experienced and finally learned how to improve our cosplays. We went that year to Kami-Con, a local anime and cosplay convention. My sister and I had previously been to one cosplay convention, albeit we didn’t take it as seriously. That year, the amount of time and effort we spent preparing and perfecting our cosplay paled in comparison to the year before. The convention itself was very warm and open. We got to meet a lot of people who shared our common interests and got to dig deeper into this new community. We watched a cosplay contest, in which I learned that a lot of the best cosplayers make their own costumes.

    Last year was my third year to attend Kami-Con. I cosplayed Flying Mint Bunny, a character from an anime called Hetalia. I had already bought a dress and wig that I could wear for the costume, but I did not have some of the essential accessories (bunny ears and wings). I had never made any of my own cosplay before, but decided that I would make these accessories. The ears were felt and stuffing sewn onto a headband, and I made the wings from cardboard and felt. It is still one of my favorite cosplays, in part because of my involvement in the creation of it!

    I enjoy being an active member of the cosplay community with my sister. I am currently taking sewing lessons and finding new ways to become more involved with the making and perfection of my costumes. I love interacting with the cosplay community online and look forward to the conventions! These fantastical experiences both bring me back to the simple pleasures of childhood as well as spring me forward into a community of imaginative and creative young adults.

  • Body Image, Celebrities, Confidence, Fashion, Makeup

    How To GLOW UP This Summer

    So, it’s finally the summer. You’re looking forward to laying out in the sun, hanging with your besties, and taking some time to yourself. But the summer is good for something else too, and we all know what it is…. glowing up. No, I don’t mean playing with glow sticks. I mean glow up. Urban Dictionary defines glow up as “when someone becomes really attractive after they hit puberty.” Now maybe you’re thinking to yourself “I’m past puberty! I missed my glow up time!” No need to fret, my friend! It is NEVER too late to glow up. And the summer is the perfect time! You have a couple months off from seeing everyone at school, so you can come back looking completely different. Without further ado, I present to you, how to glo up this summer.

    Visit a hairstylist

    Visiting a hairstylist is one of the easiest (and most fun!) ways to change your whole look in a single day. A new haircut can completely change your appearance and face shape, so a good hairstyle is a must. It’s important to visit a hairstylist so that you can ask a professionals opinion on what hair color and cut will look best with your look! Make sure if you set an appointment to bring photos of the hair you want, so your stylist will know exactly what you’re going for.

    Experiment with make up

    If you’re a girl and you’ve never experimented with make up before, it can really change your appearance! One of the best ways to get exposure to make up and how to learn some tips is by the magical and wonderful world of no other than Youtube. You can simply search “Make up tutorial” on Youtube, and millions of videos will pop up. The good news with the summer is that you have plenty of time to practice and perfect your look! That way, if a makeup tutorial goes wrong, you can just wash it right off and nobody even saw! And if you decide you don’t like wearing make up, then it makes your life even easier!

    Get healthy

    Something good for your body, skin, and mental health is deciding to get healthy! Getting healthy can be as easy as deciding to work out a few days a week, or limiting the amount of junk food you eat. The healthier you become, the better you will feel! Plus being healthy helps you live your best life, so this one should be near the top of your list.

    Take care of your body

    Whether it be through skin care, working out or taking time to yourself, taking care of your own body can make a huge difference. From treating yourself to a mani pedi, finding a toothpaste that whitens your teeth, or even finding the perfect shade of self-tanner, taking care of your body has a huge impact on the way you look. This means going to the doctor, dentist, dermatologist- you name it! Your body is all you’ve got- so treat it with some respect!

    Become confident with who you are

    If you have any sort of transformation this summer before coming back to school, let it be this- learn to be confident in your own skin! You don’t have to look any specific way to “glo up” because glowing up should be the way you feel about yourself. If you learn to love the reflection in the mirror, it will translate into the way other people see you!

  • Articles, Fashion, Shero

    Teen Fashion Designer: Chloe Miller

    How long have you been designing?

    As long as I can remember, I have always had sketchbooks and various other stuff to design with. My parents encourage my passion, they gave me my first mannequin when I was eight, which I still use today. Fashion has always been something that has caught my eye.

    What inspires you to make a new piece?

    I really, really enjoy creating stuff from something that has already been made. The coat/vest that Im wearing, I found at a thrift store. It was a gross, huge coat and I just saw that it had potential to be this new cool thing. I like reusing or recycling something that I am inspired by.

    What piece was featured in Birmingham Fashion week?

    The rules that they gave us to enter into the contest was to create something without using normal sewing material. No sewing machine, fabric, tread, nothing. So it forced us to create outside of the box and it made me want to go in an avant garde direction. The theme for this past year was the future of fashion. So I created the dress that was made entirely out of plastic bags, it was floor length. It was about 350 bag from head to toe. The great thing about it was it didn’t look plastic at all.

    My whole idea behind it was that I wanted to create something out of recycled products. But have it not look recycled because that is a really big issue that is plaguing the fashion industry right now. There is so much waste and consumerist mindset of not caring about your clothes after they aren’t trendy anymore or if they aren’t special to you and you just throw them out. Fast fashion is popping up and creating really cheap stuff that you throw out after 6 months, it’s almost on the level with oil production and how horrible it is for our environment. So I was really thinking in that realm for the dress.

    The fast fashion industry completely prays on impoverished women and Eastern Asia countries that don’t have any other option. They put them in horrible working conditions and all these terrible things that just aren’t necessary.

    When it comes to style:
    “Do what makes you feel like you are the best version of yourself.”

    How did it feel to have your work on display?

    It was fantastic! I really loved it and I made a lot of really meaningful connections through fashion week. Just the atmosphere of a fashion show is really wonderful to me. It’s a female dominated industry, it is highly focused on women helping women, we are all doing this together. Also it is completely insane backstage, you have hair, makeup, models, and clothes everywhere. Its really interesting to see that controlled chaos that go into a step by step process. From the movement and steps of the model to the way the clothes move, its all completely planned out.

    Do you want to continue and make fashion your career?

    I don’t know yet. With college, I would really like to major in Environmental Science and minor in fashion design. I have to find a school that will let me take that direction. What I would really like to do, at some point, is create a brand that is made of a sustainable source and recycled products. Ever since I started working with plastic bags, they have just captivated me, because right now they aren’t recyclable so there isn’t anything we can really do with them. I would really lie to find a way to incorporate those into some kind of material because fabric can be made from plastic. So figuring out the problem with plastic bags is one of my dreams.

    How do you feel about the fashion industry being so focused on having the ideal size?

    I think it is incredibly problematic, at this point in time and as it always has been, because there isn’t an ideal or standard size. There is no perfect person. I think it’s really toxic and really horrible for everyone even for the people who are idealized. I feel like it is getting better, The Body Positive Movement and the brands that are not using Photoshop and more diverse size model are coming into the main stream. I don’t like saying “normal” size model because there isn’t a normal size person. I think that models like Ashley Graham and Iskra Lawrence are really pushing the industry forward with modeling because they are both absolutely stunning and intelligent women. They are shameless being like “Here I am, This is me.” They are starting to do editorial as well, which is really great because for a while it has only been very, very skinny women. Even brands like Aerie, which is a swimsuit and lingerie brand, are using models with less makeup and no Photoshop.

    Is that something that you would incorporate into your brand?

    I would like to do that, yes. I would mostly start out as an online store and have my friends model for me.

    What advice do you have for girls when they are trying to find their own style?

    Just play around with it and have a good time. Search everywhere for inspiration. Style, to me, is an outside form of self expression. I think if you outlaw some shops to yourself, you aren’t doing yourself any favors. You can find stuff that peaks your interest almost anywhere if you look hard enough. Also wear things that make you happy. It doesn’t matter what you are wearing, you look so much better when you are confident and happy with how you are presenting yourself to the world. If you are happy wearing clothes that aren’t trendy, thats okay be a trendsetter.

  • Body Image, Celebrities, Fashion, TRENDING

    Tim Gunn blasts designers: They don’t make clothes that fit American women

    The “body positivity” movement may not be a new phenomenon, but after Tim Gunn’s recent Washington Post essay, it’s seen such a boost in relevance that it may as well be.

    The average American woman now wears between a size 16 and a size 18, according to new research from Washington State University,” the 63-year-old fashion consultant and TV personality wrote in an essay that slammed fashion designers for their role in dismissing the bodies of larger women.

    “There is money to be made here ($20.4 billion, up 17 percent from 2013),” Gunn continues. “But many designers — dripping with disdain, lacking imagination or simply too cowardly to take a risk — still refuse to make clothes for them. This is a design failure and not a customer issue.”

    Women who are larger than a size 12 shouldn’t be cast aside simply because designers don’t believe they can make clothes that will look good on them, he says.

    “There is no reason larger women can’t look just as fabulous as all other women,” he writes. “The key is the harmonious balance of silhouette, proportion and fit, regardless of size or shape. Designs need to be reconceived, not just sized up; it’s a matter of adjusting proportions.”

    He’s also quick to point out that moves to include plus-size women in fashion campaigns are generally “the exception, not the rule.” And even when they’re not done in poor taste, they often feel like “tokenism,” as he believed to be the case when designer Ashley Nell Tipton won this past season of Project Runway with her plus-size collection.

    To Gunn, her win felt less like an achievement and more like a forced milestone.

    “I’ve never seen such hideous clothes in my life,” he explains. “… One judge told me that she was ‘voting for the symbol’ and that these were clothes for a ‘certain population.’ I said they should be clothes all women want to wear.

    “I wouldn’t dream of letting any woman, whether she’s a size 6 or a 16, wear them. Simply making a nod toward inclusiveness is not enough.”

    #bodypositivity

    Article From: Today