It’s hard to develop a sense of personal style at a young age. When asked to describe her personal style, 17-year-old skins actress Kaya Scodelario said “It’s pretty random, whatever I can find on the high street, I just buy whatever looks nice”. Whereas a more established adult who knows what suits her, what doesn’t and knows what she likes will have a better, more defined sense of personal style. So in order to realize our own style, to get more experienced into making clothing decisions and to find inspiration, we use style icons.
Researching further into ‘style icons’ it seemed there were a wide variety of actresses, models, muses, and designers, that women considered icons. There were a few names that cropped up consistently however: Coco Chanel, Katharine Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Jackie O and others.
For me, I have various icons that inspire me for different reasons. For example, for a wedding, or well-to-do celebration, I’d channel the likes of Grace Kelly, Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn. For an edgier look, or when I’m feeling more outrageous, I’d look at the outfits of Debbie Harry, Marilyn Monroe and Carine Roitfeld. As well as older icons, I take interest in what the stars and celebs of today are wearing. For instance, if I’m going to a party with friends, I’d wear something reflective of Taylor Momsen’s rock chick look, or Shingai Shoniwa’s bright tribal look.
No matter who your style icon is, or how many of them you have, it’s important to make the look your own. By adapting outfits, re-styling a look and customizing it your own way, will eventually lead to developing your own sense of style. And remember, rather than simply imitating the icons look, try to emulate their confidence or outlook on getting dressed. This way, eventually, you’ll be able to use this attitude, this poise, to make your own style choices, developing your personal fashion sense.