I am sitting here at my computer ready to write my first fashion blog, and a thousand topics are swirling through my brain. I mean, what do I write about that has not been written about before? This begs the question, what is fashion really, and who defines it?
On a personal level, fashion is just an artistic expression of oneself, and such expression is often influenced by our culture and environment. As a high school student growing up in Jamaica in the 80s, I remember having to be very creative with the way I dressed, which was limited by the resources I had at my disposal.
You see, entertainment for us was mainly Barbecue Suppers and Fetes. The barbeques were a big annual school event that we all looked forward to; therefore the outfit had to be well thought out. The fetes were more frequent at least once per month and required keeping up with the fashion trends. It was an era of Disco belts and Charlie Chaplin pleated pants, Bermuda shorts and Hawaiian printed shirts; yes, the ones with the parrots and lest I forget, shoulder pads!
My sisters and I would use our creativity to recreate the fashion trends we got mainly from New York. We bought fabric and had the dressmaker recreate these styles. We dressed up to go to these day parties, and it felt so good. So, when it comes to personal style, one should think about the following:
One’s personal style should always be evolving. Style trends do change as well as our tastes. Establish a “go-to” look for yourself with certain wardrobe staples. Keep experimenting with fashion and have some fun in the process!