Fashion is everywhere, and whether individuals are window shopping on the high street or relaxing at home, images of sleek and beautiful women wearing the latest garments cannot help but penetrate into everyday life. For many, modern day ladies fashion has become conformist and generic, as women’s clothing is sold cheaply, both online and on the high street. For those wanting to add some personality to their style, it’s important to think outside the box and not always follow the fashion trends, instead making an effort to create some unique looks.
Vivienne Westwood, herself, has expressed that cheap clothing has done nothing for fashion, with high street stores pumping out low cost garments, and flooding the market with thousands of similar pieces. This means that it’s all too easy for individuals to buy clothes that have no real personality, and offer nothing fresh or new to any look. Whilst dresses, tank tops and trousers may all have been cheap to buy and are comfortable to wear, for those trying to make a statement, fashion is often lost in translation.
To give high street fashion some real personality, women need to look at their style in a new way. Rather than simply buying a number of pieces from a high street retailer or online clothing store and pairing them together, accessories, customisations and one-off pieces can be added to bring some vital life to an ensemble. By combining clothing bought at high street stores and small, independent outlets, women can create a look which no-one else has. In addition, by using a mix of garments, unique looks can be brought together without huge expense.
With modern manufacturing meaning that ladies fashion can flow off the catwalks and into stores within mere months, it’s important that individuals wanting to look a little different from their counterparts, take steps to make changes that are unique. It’s no good simply mismatching clothing items from different stores, as whilst fashion may vary in branding, it is often very similar in colour, style or cut. This means that people wanting women’s clothing with a little something extra, should look to independent fashion boutiques, vintage stores and even charity shops, to help.
Independent fashion boutiques are not always as expensive as they sound, and women can often find small, start-up companies who have unique products for sale which don’t break the bank. An online clothing store which isn’t well known is the perfect place to start, and with lower overheads, companies can often pass lower prices onto their customers. Meanwhile, there are many vintage stores which sell dresses, tops and a huge range of accessories. Each piece has its own history, and will instantly bring a personality to any ensemble when it’s paired with high street fashion. Vintage shops also tend to provide good quality pieces which are well priced and offer something unique to any wardrobe. Dresses, gowns, shoes and jackets can all be found at vintage stores, making stores extremely rewarding for those wanting to customise their look. Lastly, charity shops can be a great place to look for fashion, as long as individuals are happy to rummage. Here, the quality of goods can be low, and whilst many items are well priced, it can take a certain amount of time and effort to find a hidden gem. However, charity outlets are ideal for finding accessories such as costume jewellery or scarves, and as women get to know the stores in their local area, the process of glancing through the racks will become far quicker.
Ladies fashion doesn’t have to be dull, and women wanting to create their own style and allow their personalities to shine through their clothes, can do a lot to make an ensemble unique. High street fashion should not be shunned in favour of other sources, as retailers are a great place to find cheap and in-vogue items to form the basis of any outfit. Meanwhile, they also allow women to buy many pieces of similar styles or colours, so that outfits can be created and interchanged easily. However, care should be taken to avoid creating ensembles entirely made from high street clothes if women truly want to develop their own look. By utilising a range of fashion sources, old and new can be brought together in a beautiful way, allowing historical items to compliment modern garments. And, by keeping in style with current trends whilst adding a little twist, women will fit seamlessly into contemporary fashion whilst radiating their own sense of style, beauty and personality.