Who doesn’t love a cool aesthetic? Maybe you’re like me, and you love a lot of cool aesthetics (probably too many aesthetics, but hey, life’s short). And maybe you’re a lot like me, and have tried to limit yourself to just one aesthetic when it comes to your own personal style.
I’m here to tell you that you shouldn’t limit yourself to just one aesthetic. I’m also going to tell you why I feel this way, because everyone has different opinions, and I’d like to explain mine.
Fashion and style overlap, but differ greatly in nature. As Yves Saint Laurent stated “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” This is referencing how fashion is a collective, consisting of many groups that are constantly evolving, because it is an art. There are other variables, such as trends, added on, that make the nature of fashion quite fast-paced. But this is where style differs from it.
Style is developed by long lasting factors, such as values, interests, belief systems, and personal influences. Your personal style is unique to you, even if others fall under the same category of style, because it is a combination of all that you think, feel, want, and do. Clothing is a tangible depiction of a person’s social and personal identity, giving those around them an idea of who they are and who they aspire to become. It doesn’t necessarily mean playing a part to achieve a look, but rather using your own personality, intelligence, and experiences to create the look in a manner that makes your external appearance match who you are internally.
Michelle does say more on fashion and personal style in the collaborative video called “the devil wears prada style analysis“, and also has a video on her channel (which is also a collaboration with Tessa from ModernGurlz) called “The Devil Wears Prada Film Analysis: The Forces Behind Fashion with ModernGurlz“, so I highly recommend checking out both videos.
So, what does this have to do with the concept of aesthetics (such as dark academia, cottagecore, baddie, artsy, etc) that we have?
Well, I’ve taken more than a few ‘Find Your Aesthetic’ quizzes for fun, and I’ve noticed that a lot of comments are lamenting enjoying more than one aesthetic’s style, and wishing that they could just limit themselves to one aesthetic. But I think that if you’re limiting yourself to just one aesthetic, then you aren’t really building a personal style. A personal style can incorporate and blend together multiple aesthetics. Why limit yourself so strictly when you can create something unique and personal to you?
Even if you do decide to stick to just one aesthetic’s style, you should keep in mind how casual or formal you like to dress, and have options for dressing up and dressing down (especially if the aesthetic that you’re sticking to is known for more formal outfits), because let’s be honest with ourselves, no one wants to get dressed up every single day. At least, no one that I’ve met. So it’s good to keep some more casual items that still fit in with the rest of your style, for those days that you just wants to wear something comfy and low-effort.
Also, as a side note about the body types: The clothing, hairstyles, and makeup recommendations that I make for the body types are just guidelines, not a style within themselves. Think of them like a medium of art. They’re simply a delivery method for your style, and just as two artists who both paint with watercolors can have completely different art styles, two people with the same body type can also have completely different personal styles.