I’m well and truly back, the sun is shining outside and I’m back in my blogging ways. For this weeks topic I wanted to talk about ‘styling’. It’s a term that’s close to home, being a ‘personal stylist’ and all. However, it’s a term that I’m not really comfortable with myself. Image consultant is what I usually refer to myself as, even if that’s not a perfect fit, it’s the closest option. But most people are still a bit confused as to what I do. Now if I mention that I’m a ‘personal stylist’ it kind of resonates with them a little bit more and clicks. But what is a personal stylist? And why is everyone so obsessed about being ‘styled’?
See we all secretly yearn to look like so and so from the red carpet or the girl in the advertisement. So we run out and by the same dress as them, if we can afford it or we wait for Zara to bring out the copy. You look in the mirror with your sparkly (or non sparkly) new dress and you look good. But deep down there is this feeling that you’re not quite fully satisfied. You see, even though you’ve got the dress and maybe even the matching or similar shoes you still don’t quite look ‘as good’ as…. whoever it is that’s inspired you.
Now if you take a step back from it all, just think about what you see when you turn on the TV after the Oscars or the MTV awards or whatever… What you’re looking at is the finished product, but the finished product doesn’t give away the full story behind it. The dress and shoes are brand new, never worn, so they look immaculate and has been picked out to suit their particular body. Their hair has been done professionally, their make up.. yeah that’s gone through the same process. They’ve probably been killing their butts in the gym for the last 6 weeks with one goal in mind, that appearance on that one night or the year or that one shot in a magazine. See the whole process to get that ‘look’ is a collaboration of hours and hours of preparation. The result is an extremely ‘styled’ look.
But I’m a bit fed up of people coveting these ‘styled’ looks, do you really have hours upon hours each day to get ready? Probably not, I mean spending that much time just to look a certain way would be a bit tedious day in day out. By the time you’re ready to go there wouldn’t be much of the day left, right?
What’s wrong with just looking normal? Wearing clothes that are right for ‘you’ and your body shape as opposed to chasing an unattainable image. In essence, it is a fake image because even that individual that you’re striving to look like doesn’t look like that 95% of the time. So I encourage you to start focusing on looking more like ‘you’ and less like someone you spotted in a magazine. This is the same reason that I kind of cringe a little when I have to refer to myself as a personal stylist just so people ‘get’ what I’m about.
Anyway as always, let me know what you think?