As we grow up, we dabble with various styles trying to find our true selves and establish who we are as people and where we belong in this big, bad world.
I’ve seen some of my favourite Youtubers doing Style Evolution videos of late and decided to turn that concept into a blog post for you all to have a giggle at. Please be gentle… we’ve all worn things we’re not proud of! So please, sit back and enjoy a brief journey through time for a glimpse at how my style has changed (and improved, please god) over the years. Also, apologies to any friends and family I drag down with me in the process!
As you click through the slider above, it’s clear black on black was definitely a go-to for me when I was younger, as was accessorising with a scarf or a bow tie. Especially the bow tie actually! I also had a thing for “borrowing” my family members clothing as a lot of my pieces were my parents and my grandparents!
I used to spend so much time vintage shopping and very rarely purchased anything on the high street if I could help it. My friends and I were really into our music and we spent many a night at gigs so I tended to go for slightly quirkier ensembles. 2010 was a huge year for me as I turned 21 and moved abroad for a year to pursue touring in Irish dance shows. Being on the road and living out of a suitcase most of the time was tough, but a good lesson in finding different ways to style the same pieces!
I can see my style starting to change here. I was definitely starting to go for dressier more fitted, bodycon pieces. To be honest I’m not 100% sure what changed, other than perhaps I was a little bit older and didn’t want to be dressing as cute and girly anymore. However I still haven’t fully let go of the bow ties! I’ve also started to embrace the high street and decided not to be too cool to shop anywhere other than vintage stores.
I started working in Topshop at the end of 2012 and that definitely had a huge impact on the way I dressed. I started experimenting with my clothes and accessories more and adding in bolder prints and pops of colour. My wardrobe also expanded considerably as I let my shopaholic ways get the better of me being surrounded by cool clothes everyday!
It’s in these couple of years that I really started to feel confident and secure in my own style. Even though I was shopping off the high street, I still wanted to put my own spin on it and wear things in a way other people wouldn’t. Living in Galway, where it’s a small enough town, I found it a little daunting wearing the more statement pieces in my wardrobe. Eventually I realised that while I’m sure there are people who think I’m nuts, standing out from the crowd has earned me more positive attention than negative. And that’s how I ended up starting this blog and putting my style out there for all to see!
2017 so far…
Now here we are, back up to date. I’m feeling the inspiration these days and am happy to take more risks, especially when it comes to bold colours and statement pieces. I like being different and not wearing the same things as everyone else! And as much as I’m trying to curb my excessive shopping habit, I think I’m a bit smarter with my purchasing and buy pieces that fit in well with what I already own. For now, I’m trying to balance what I know works for me with not being afraid to try new things as well. Hopefully it’s working out alright for me!
Hope you enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane with me and weren’t too offended by my earlier fashion choices! I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments (I think!) and also what fashion lessons you’ve learned over the years!
Until next time,