The Style Guru: Guide to Urban Living

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Coming from a small town, it’s hard to get your fashion barrings when moving to a big chic city.  What do those street style gurus have, or the sophisticated beauties- why do they seem so cool?  It all comes down to you; what do you listen to? What type of person do you want others to see you as? For me, since I was a youngster I had a love for clothes.  I loved that I could dress up everyday and be someone new.  Although, I think I have a bit of fashion A.D.D. it is important to decide on who you are before relocating to a big city, especially if you are like me, and from a small nowhere town in southern Alberta, Canada.  A variety in your wardrobe is not necessarily a bad thing, but if your closet is a constant mix of styles it may be a bit harder to decide where to spend your hard earned money.  Not to scare anyone away, but it is important to remember that people are very judgemental, and a large part of what people see is your clothing, so with that in mind, it may be harder to get that job you want, or be in that group of friends.

photo: Al Higgins- Victoria Patterson 2012

So here is my challenge for anyone in a bit of a fashion pickle like myself.  Ask yourself these questions.

  • what inspires you?
  • What do you want to do? Are you a music blogger/artist/businessman or woman etc.
  • What type of people do you see yourself with? Chances are you wont be getting into fashion shows wearing yoga wear, or making it into a rock bar in your circa 1950 vintage dress.

My last bit of advice is find yourself and don’t be afraid to push your style to the limit.  If you can’t do it now, when will you get your chance again? Why not be the best you you can be? You don’t need to go out and buy a complete new designer brand wardrobe, but maybe decide what pieces you think will benefit your wardrobe before going shopping. It may compliment the style you are going for better, and help you plan out your wardrobe better.  Have fun with your clothes, deciding what to bring shouldn’t be a daunting task.  Don’t be afraid to shop at different shops, buy unique finds online, wear your parents old clothes if you feel compelled.  Have fun finding yourself, and good luck.

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