How My Style Has Changed Over The Years, Who/What Inspires Me, And Why Fashion Is Such An Important Part Of Life.
Yes, today is the day. I've delved deep into the archives of my life - from Instagram to family photo albums, I have curated a selection of images that I believe pin-point my major style moments. Think of this as a history lesson on my life.
I am a very nostalgic person. I love the way a certain scent, song or thing can bring you right back to a certain moment in your life. For me, songs have a way of bringing me right back, down to the second. But not only do I remember the moment. I remember what I was wearing. I can remember events as far back as when I was maybe two or three years old, by what I was wearing. There was this particular orange singlet that I used to absolutely adore - I used to want to wear it everywhere. I can remember being in a Supermarket in it, I can remember being at playgroup in it. I paired it with piggy-tails and wore it with pride. Unfortunately, I cannot locate a photo of me in it. But I'll insert my Kindergarten photo here for you to get the gist of my style early on. My top literally says 'babe' on it. Killing it at age 4.
Going through the family albums, I realise I have six, yes six major style icons in my life. I'll start at the top, my Nanny and Grandma. Ever since I was a little girl, I remember being completely in awe of both of my female grandparents' wardrobes. Filled with endless colourful dresses, shoes, sunglasses, necklaces and matching suits, I was always fascinated by the way I rarely saw either of my grandmothers wear the same thing twice. Each day was a different colour for my Nanny, and a different print for my Grandma. Their rainbow collections of clothes always made me happy, each with their own scent. It didn't matter if I was in Perth with my Grandma or Sydney with my Nanny, I could, and still can, always rely on them to be wearing something iconic. My next two style inspirations are my Mum Meg, and her sister Teresa. Looking through the family photo albums, some of my favourite pictures that I draw inspiration from are their travel photos from the 1980s and 90s. The absolutely outrageous, yet boyish, minimal style they both wore whilst getting up to their shenanigans with big hair across the globe are still some of my favourite photos ever. When I look at them it is as if I am looking at two completely different people from a different time, but also the same people - if that makes any sense at all. I think this is where my love for the 'modern 80s' look comes from. Finally, my last two major style inspirations are my aunty Mary and cousin Rosy. Rosy and Mary are the kind of people who are just cool without even trying. They both live the most interesting lives in Sydney, lovers of art, fashion, music, interiors and anything vintage. Mary made my flower girl dress that I wore to my own parents wedding at the age of just 6 months, and ever since she has been a major fashion icon to me. These two are my spirit animals, and I can't wait to live closer to them one day.
Ok, now to the actual style evolution Magenta, thank you. But is goes without saying, everyone is inspired by someone or something else - no one is completely original. These amazing women have each contributed to the project of me. Along with many other famous style icons, these are the women who planted the fashion obsession seed in my brain forever. Scrolling through my Instagram page and Facebook photos, the modern version of photo albums, is like scrolling through the different versions of you. Your teenage years are the years where, I believe, you really start to develop your style. You go through the different stages of wearing makeup, going to parties, school balls, dinners, social outings etc. There is never a time in your life where you are trying to fit in but also stand out more, and it is probably the time when, if you're anything like me, you followed the fashion 'trends' to a T. Looking back , I am cringing at many of the poses, outfits, haircuts and eyeliner applications that have each contributed to my still, ever developing and changing style. There are certainly some identifiable defining moments or events that changed my style forever. So let's start back when it all began, in 2012 when I first jumped on social media.
PS: sorry about the poor quality of some pictures, it was the dark ages after all.
2012: age 14
School Year: Year 9
Defining Events: Grew about 1 meter in height, family weddings, first overseas trip to Indonesia.
Favourite Items: Boyfriend muscle tank (pictured), black kohl eyeliner, black Vans, blue heals.
Style Summed Up: Trying to be edgy mixed with girly - a fail at 'fashionable emo'
2013: AGE 15
2014: AGE 16
2015: AGE 17, Final year of high school
School Year: Year 12
Defining Events: School Balls, USA Trip for Visual Art to New York and Los Angeles, Graduation.
Favourite Items: Anything vintage, rainbow 80s shirt, flea market black blazer, lipstick, eyeshadow, black vintage ball dress, Karen Walker sunglasses.
Style Summed Up: New York took the style I developed in London to a whole new level. I absolutely loved the elegant, timeless, winter look, paired with a red lip. Some of my all time favourite photos were taken on this trip, and strongly resonate with my style today, which only has slight tweaks. One of my favourite moments was visiting the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, where I wore platform trainer/Teva/sandals, my new flea market blazer (pictured above with the white embroidery), black jeans and a white boyfriend tank. One of my all-time favourite outfits, I have never felt so 'fashion girl' in my life.
2016: AGE 18
2017: AGE 19