On Ditching the Notion of Style Types (and Finding Your Personal Look)

Carson Olivares

Last week, while getting dressed for work one morning, I found myself plumbing the depths of my top-right dresser drawer. I have nothing to wear, I was mumbling to myself, when I discovered the perfect puffy-sleeved button-down to wear to work. The kicker? I’ve owned the top, since—wait for it—sophomore year of high school. Yes, high school. And while the fact that I need to get better at regularly cleaning out my closet is the first thing that comes to mind when I recount this story, the second is the remarkable fact that my style for the most part has always been the same.

Yet for someone who keeps a surprisingly fair amount of clothing that I remember loving back in the day still in regular rotation my wardrobe, (i.e. that just-right oversize, sunflower-embroidered denim jacket I still find myself obsessing over), I am constantly on a mission to pin down my style type. Why is that? 

As I get older and more secure in my sense of self (and more convicted in dressing for myself rather than others), I can’t help but come back to the notion that letting go of the idea of style types may be the best thing we can do for ourselves and our personal style.

For me, the realization came out of a recent podcast binge of Monocycle by Man Repeller’s Leandra Medrine. There’s one episode in particular titled “Getting Dressed for the *Weekend*” (spoiler alert: It includes blue leggings and fresh metallic shoes) that has inspired my new way of thinking that I will be diligent in dressing for how I feel, and nothing else (in addition to providing me with much-needed entertainment while stuck in L.A. traffic.)

In my opinion, we’re in such a fun time for fashion, one in which personal style reigns supreme. There is no reason you can’t be a glamazon one night and channel a member of a ’90s boy band the next. Who says you need to wear a dress and heels to date night? If you’re feeling a pair of drop-waist army pants, then by all means, run with it. We are living in an age of self-expression, and there’s no better way to flex your creativity and individuality than with what you choose to wear. So, is it time to ditch the antiquated notion of style types? That’s exactly what I’m imploring us all to do.

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