Ambitious, Bold, Innovative, Distinctive, and freeing are all qualities of fashion. It allows us to be who we want, when we want, and how we want. Our styles are a direct reflection of our personality, attitudes and disposition. Whether our style is classic, edgy, or eclectic; it has become our way of expressing ourselves.
In addition to our styles being a direct reflection of our personalities, attitudes, and disposition, our styles can also be a direct reflection of our environmental surroundings and exposure. Some exemplary influences might be a friend, tv personality, or singer. The decade in which we grew up might also be a direct influence on our fashion sense. Do you remember the first time that fashion made you do a double take? Each of us has had a moment in time when we had to have that shoe, jacket, suit, pants, or even that little black dress. Can you picture the first time that fashion took your breath away? For me, it was 1982. It was as if it was yesterday, I remember laying my eyes on that cherry-red leather jacket accented with zippers that seemed to go on for days, and it was the coolest jacket I had ever saw! I didn’t care what I had to do to get it. In fact, I made it my business to have one. I begged my mom for months and finally I got it! My very own Michael Jackson –Beat -It jacket; the one that he paired with the black pants and black penny loafers! That was it for me, I knew then that fashion could be bold, edgy, and fearless!
Michael Jackson’s jacket has left a defining imprint on fashion. As I reflect, I have come to realize that it wasn’t so much the admirability of the jacket, but it was the way Michael Jackson embodied the look that made the jacket a must have. It was a combination of his swag, confidence, and persona that caused his style to become influential across generations. As I have reflected on my inspirational influence, I now offer you the opportunity to reflect on the decade that has influenced your fashion sense. Perhaps it was the sixties, where fashion was all about the pencil skirt, peter-pan collars, wide capes and cardigans and hair that ranged from voluminous beehives to the ever-fabulous pixie cut! Not a sixties baby? Well how about the funky seventies, where fashion was at its most flamboyant stage! With platform shoes, mini dresses and Jordache jeans and the super fly afro!
Whatever decade you’re from, fashion gave you the ability to be as funky or fabulous as you wanted with ease. There is truth in the proverb, “nothing is new under the sun.” As it was then, so it is today. Fashion has evolved over the years and trends will come and go, but what is most important is how you want to be represented as a style maven. The latest trend can be savvy and sophisticated on someone else, but on you it can look drab and demure. Why is that? Because you must embrace the look that is best for you. When you’re confident, it doesn’t matter what label you’re wearing, or how much it costs. What matters most is that you’re wearing the garment and not the reverse. In other words, do you exude confidence when you put it on? If you’re not confident it doesn't matter if you’re wearing a CoCo Channel designer’s original or CoCo Chantal from down the street! Confidence is the key to pulling off any look.
Have you ever heard the phrase, “looking fabulous on a budget”? It’s hard to believe, but you can be fabulously fashionable without breaking the bank! Some may not be quite ready for the couture looks of Alexander McQueens, Coco Channels or Oscar De La Renta’s of the world, and that’s okay, because you can still rock designer looks for less! Many top designers such as Jason Wu and Alberta Ferretti are coming to the realization that not everyone’s wallet speak Rodeo Drive; but more like Target Avenue! As a result, some designers have made their products accessible to the public through Wal-Mart and Macys. This is a great way for many to purchase top designer looks for less! Remember the cost of a look doesn’t determine if it’s fashionable. The difference lies in the confidence you exude while wearing the product.
As breath-taking and commanding as fashion can be, it’s only an accessory that drapes the masterpiece- that is you! You are a one of a kind, original masterpiece. It is essential that you understand that fashion is just an extension of your outward adornment! The fact is that fashion alone, even with all its attributes, will never give you the confidence and self-esteem you need to be fabulously you! You can only embrace and love yourself when you embrace and love who God has made you to be! How can you not be full of confidence? You are the spitting image of God! Genesis 1:26-27 confirms it, "And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness... “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
You must allow the King of Glory to clothe you with his righteousness, love, and affection. This is what will build your confidence and ability to be fashionably fabulous! I urge you to rise and embrace the poise, grace, and power that God has bestowed upon you! You’re strong, beautiful, and dynamic on the inside; allow those qualities to show forth as the Lord clothes you with His glory! Remember who you are, Psalms 139: 13-14 says,” for you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. The power of God’s unyielding love is what gives you the freedom to be funky, fabulous, and fearless!
By: Sherjuana Carr