According to the Mirriam-Webster dictionary the definition of style is "a distinctive manner of expression".
"Fashion changes, but style endures" Coco Chanel
"Fashions fade, style is eternal" Yves Saint Laurent
"Fashion you can buy, but style you possess. The key to style is learning who you are, which takes years. There's no how-to road map to style. Its' about self expression and above all, attitude" Iris Apfel.
image via Anne of Carversville
Quotes from some of my favorite style icons. They all say the same thing and their definition matches Websters. Maybe there is a reason they all are style icons.
It's not bought, yes you buy the things that help you express your style but you get to define your own style. It requires strength and like Iris says a knowledge of oneself to put away the fear of being judged and to go out into the world expressing your style and yours alone.
There are a lot of people out there that mimic the magazines, Instagram feeds and Pinterest boards thinking they are sharing their style but if you look closely it's all manufactured and mimed by what they the design industry wants them to think is style.
Remember when you were a teenager or maybe you are still one and you are constantly trying out new looks and ideas looking for your voice, your style? It's the process of self identity. Teen age years are all about angst and hormones venturing into unknown worlds in this big world. We come out of it hopefully not to scarred into our twenties knowing exactly who we are and we join the big wide world of adulthood waiving our style flag. Some do it with grace and elegance others well, I will let you decide. We care a lot in our twenties and then the big 30 happens (loved turning 30) and you start not caring what the world thinks and you really do begin to define your own style not just in what you wear but your home as well. Then 40's, (here is where I get to age myself ;) ) and you really don't give a damn to what the world thinks. Your style has become your second skin. It feels like your favorite pair of jeans. From there I can't speak but I hear your style just gets more and more comfortable and you are happy to waive it around and be.
I think style is your story, evolving with you.
Vintage is another tool in your tool box to express your own style. And trust me you will not look like the big box brands or mass produced stuff marketed out there. You will be your own individual self. You get to style it your way, whether you are a purest at heart and go all out vintage or your like me and have fun mixing it up with your modern wardrobe.
If you haven't tried it I say give it a shot see what your style brings to the table with vintage in your bag of tricks. Have a bit of fun and play.