I believe that personal style is something which helps define who you are. We all know what we like and lust over the things we would kill to wear, in my case that’s Dior, Valentino, Elie Saab… (a girl can dream) For me, seeing what other people wear influences me greatly in my outfit choices. That is a list that could go on for a very long time ranging from Olivia Palermo, Gigi Hadid and other bloggers to my mum and best friend. However, when it comes to the women who made me fall in love with fashion and enabled my personal style to evolve, three particular woman stand out to me.
“A girl should be two things, classy and fabulous”
The first is Coco Chanel; the woman who redefined and revolutionised fashion for women. Ever since I laid eyes on one of her signature tweed jackets, I was infatuated with her. My obsession with high end fashion came about after I read possibly all of the biographies about her; the amount of work she put into creating her eponymous label and her attention to detail intrigued me and sparked months of researching other designers backgrounds and stories. What I admire the most about Chanel is that she was independent, confident and did what she was passionate about. The pieces she created are timeless. She created the little black dress, she was wearing her boyfriends clothes before boyfriend jeans were invented and she was the first woman to wear pants in public; pretty bad ass if you ask me. I could say a lot more about Chanel but instead I’ll recommend watching this film, unless you’re a reader then be sure to pick up one of the many biographies about her; you won’t regret it.
“The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence.”
Blake Lively is next on my list. She’s a woman who can’t seem to put one foot out of place when it comes to what she wears. From the red carpet to running errands, she manages to put together outfits that stand out and look amazing. Blake first stood out to me when I watched Sisterhood of the travelling pants at my 11th birthday party; ever since then, I was watching every fashion move she made. Then came Gossip Girl, (I won’t even get started with my addiction to that show…while watching it for the fourth time..) And Blake became a regular to the red carpet, a blessing if you ask me. She wore bold colours, different styles and pulled it all off with confidence and ease, not to mention she doesn’t have a stylist (!!!) What makes Blake stand out to me is that she doesn’t just wear the latest trend. Her style is 100% her, its authentic and daring. One thing she’s taught me is to experience more with what I wear and have fun with it. One thing Blake and I have in common is that we both have to wear colour! An all black outfit is b-o-r-i-n-g. Maybe that means we’d be really great friends? One day…
“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”
Last but certainly not least is Audrey Hepburn, a woman known for her elegance and beauty. Being the muse of Givenchy set her up for greatness and she is seen wearing many of his designs in her films such as Sabrina, Roman Holiday and no one can forget that black dress in the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffanys. It is a known fact that Audrey had a lot do to with the design process of these outfits which gave her a name in the fashion world and attracted the public eye. However, her simplistic personal style stood out and women have created their entire wardrobes based on what Audrey wore. Her trademark cropped pants and ballet flats have become staple pieces for many. I love that in an era where movie stars were all about the glitz and glamour; she wanted nothing more than to wear simple pieces. She made even the most simplistic of outfits chic and fashionable which has influenced what I wear greatly. I was one who fell in love with Audrey after seeing her play Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffanys; everything about her stood out to me and I very quickly watched all her other films. After reading books about her and learning what type of personality she had, (extremely generous, kind and funny), she rose to the top of my list of people who influence me. Oh and if you haven’t watched Breakfast at Tiffanys then you’re seriously missing out on one of the greatest films.
By Sophie K.