Discovering your own personal style can be a mission. It's a lot of trial and error, a lot of self discovery, and when you take being a plus size gal into account to boot, it can be incredibly difficult! If you find a style you love and feels like you, you then have to be able to even buy those sort of clothes in your size too.
I feel like 2016 was a year of discovery for my personal style. Certain key pieces popped up in my styling time and again, and I found myself throwing back to my teenage years and finding my inner rocker all over again. My friend Roswell Ivory once described my style as a sort of 'heavy metal Hello Kitty', and just lately I feel like I've finally been getting there.
When you are a fashion blogger, there are certain pressures that go with that. You feel like you have to follow trends to work with brands, or that you have to wear certain things to look enough 'like a blogger'. You have to wear new things, style things elaborately with accessories and really plan outfits and well, that's just not me. Heavy metal Hello Kitty describes me well in that I love a cutesy print or a girly dress, but you also best believe I'm going to style said dress with my favourite biker boots and faux leather jacket time and time again.
I'm going to forever love fringing and draping layers because they make me feel like Stevie Nicks, and I'm always going to love cowboy boots and faux suede because my love for Dolly Parton knows no bounds. I'm going to re-wear pieces I love, and blog the same jacket over and over again, because it's who I am, and it's my personal style. I was always the girl trying to make the high street work for her aesthetic, rather than trying to fit theirs, and I lost that somewhere along the way.
In 2016 I finally realised that my style is my own, and that it might not mean my instagram ever really grows, or that brands think I'm cool, but it is authentically me. Some bloggers are absolute high fashion dreams on the daily and I love them for it, others wear the same biker boots till they have literal holes in them because they love them so much. (RIP favourite Demonia boots, I loved thee well).
2017 is going to be about my personal style, and what fits that. I've tried to push myself to be something I'm not because I had an idea in my head of what a fashion blogger should be, but that's not me. So expect skater dresses with daft prints, acid wash glam rock jeans, leggings and cute midi skirts, and definitely expect me to try and replace my beloved biker boots ASAP.
I feel like I've gone back in time to the Kitty 17 year old me always wanted to be but never felt brave enough to be, herself.
.... I also apparently discovered posing with one hand in my hair.