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28 March 2017

Personal Style: Don't Get Caught In The Stereotype Trap

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Personal style stereotypes, we've all heard of them. From the perfectly polished babe who only wears body-con and cleavage flashers, to the bearded hipster who laughs in the name of anything that isn't vintage.

Rather than concentrate on fitting into some sort of group, personal style is all about being you.

Being a blogger, I know all how hard it is to not fall into this 'branded' image of yourself. Since we were little girls, we have been trying to force ourselves into a mold; trying to figure out whether we were Baby Spice or Sporty Spice.

Why not be both?

Today, I'm going to discuss what it means to have an eclectic personal style and give you some of my top tips on how to avoid the style stereotype funnel.



summer style smiling girl wearing retro navy lace dress and pom pom sandals

 Outfit 1:
Shirt and Pants: Forcast*
Scarf: Cameo Collective
Clutch: Colette Hayman (Similar)
Hat: Sportsgirl (Similar)

Outfit 2:
Dress: Leota*
Sunglasses: Sunday Somewhere*
Shoes: Betts

This post was inspired by something odd. On several posts where I haven't worn bright colours or prints, such as this minimalist look, I have found myself apologizing.

Sure, I love my prints, as a matter of fact, in a previous on personal style, I literally labelled myself as having 'bohemian style'.

Although strong colours, prints textures and beach vibes continue to dominate my wardrobe, as I get older, I do enjoy a more minimalist look too. I found myself laughing at how ridiculous that was and that I'd somehow transcended this 'branded image' of myself I'd created.

Sure, fashion is great if you have something to identify with, but it's all about being comfortable in your own skin. Long story short: don't let your own self-categorizations define you.

My Personal Style Tips

Avoid the style stereotype trap with a few personal style tips...

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Wear What You Love

Who cares if you don't 'identify' as a rock chick. If that ACDC tee calls your name, you rock it! Don't be afraid to mix up different styles to give pieces your own twist. Band tees and pencil skirts can be surprisingly sexy together!


 close up photo of lace up black heels pom pom clutch leather pants

 

Take Risks

Just because you always wear monochrome doesn't mean you have to resist that oh-so-pretty coral top. Take yourself out of your comfort zone and have fun with fashion, it is a form of art after all.

Note to self: use this as an excuse when shopping!

 summer outfit idea navy lace dress statement earrings pom pom sandals in front of tropical graffiti wall

 

Juxtapose

Although your top may scream 'Woodstock', matching it with something completely contrasting, such as a blazer is what makes an outfit interesting.

When considering your personal style, don't stick to one 'category', just put together pieces you truly love and that's when the magic happens!
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Accessorize

Statement jewellery can make any outfit instantly more unique. Whether you're a fan of statement earrings, or you feel lost without that dainty pendant, find jewellery that reflects you as a person and work it into your personal style. 

Although one style may reflect you, mix it up a little, have fun and get that personal style on point!


54 comments :

  1. Love the cobalt dress!

    www.evdaily.blogspot.com

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  2. You're right Rachel, we should wear whatever we like whether that be a rocker look or a boho look. At the end all it really matters is that we like it and we feel great in it.
    Have a beautiful day! ❤ Radi

    www.fashionradi.com

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  3. Great tips!! And I love these looks!
    Adi xx
    fancycorrectitude.com
    instagram.com/fancycorrectitude

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  4. OH yes to this post babe! It's so easy to be trapped in your own style. But taking risks and dare to wear clothes you think is pretty is ofc key! And also adding fun details as necklace or scarves! Thank you for the inspo love, Xx

    www.thefashionfolks.com

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  5. Love this inspired post! Always looking for tips to improve my look!

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  6. I have always worn what I like and when I like. Sure I take the occasional trend and try it every now and then but I am who I am and I stick to what I know and comfortable with. I love that you're voicing out about this....I've seen a lot of bloggers are starting to merge into one and lose their individuality.

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  7. Love this post and what you wrote babe :) At the end of the day, it's all about what you feel best in and what makes you feel happy and confident :)

    XO, Jessi
    http://www.mywhitet.com/little-white-dress/

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  8. I'm all for eclectic personal style! That blue dress is beautiful :)

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  9. I agree, and in the just being the true "you" is what matters most! It is good to be expressive and hold on to your own style. I have always worn what I felt, even in my childhood. Great post, dear! xx/Madison
    http://fashiontalesblog.com

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  10. I totally agree! This post is so well written, I think it will help and inspire many people. I always think it's good to wear what YOU like and what makes you happy, no matter what you've worn in the past. Thanks for sharing, have a great day!

    xxxx from Emily // www.diamondsanddachshunds.weebly.com

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  11. Obsessed with your style. You have an amazing website. Loving it! Check u out at https://www.la-edge.com/

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  12. It's strange that this post has come up just as I was thinking about this recently! At the weekend my boyfriend and I went to a craft fair and someone was selling 1950's style skirts. I said that I liked them but my boyfriend said he didn't think it was very me and that I would need to re-brand myself if I started wearing things like that. It made me chuckle as I thought I didn't know I was a brand already but it just goes to show that without even knowing it you can end up falling into a certain stereotype! I didn't buy the skirt in the end but I wish I had now just to break out of my comfort zone a bit and try something new :) x

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  13. Love this, so true that you shouldn't limit yourself!! And all these outfits look amazing :D

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

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  14. Good morning from Zurich, I get spring feelings! Looking lovely, i just wrote a post on modern and stylish home offices. Hugs //Sofia ( http://sofiacm.com )

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  15. Hey Rachel!
    This post was really inspiring, we are living in days were we can pretty much whatever and however we want but we push ourselves to get in molds more than ever! The irony!
    Fashion is something to play and have fun with, clothes do get off at the end of the day :) !
    Thanks for sharing those amazing tips with us!

    Have an awesome day !

    xx

    Alexandra - http://fashionsymposium.com/

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  16. Such a beauty i love your wardrobe and your venue also
    love it

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  17. love all the outfits. thanks for the tips.

    Wendee//www.theglossychic.com

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  18. Such great tips and amazing photos lovely, thanks for sharing!

    Faye .x

    Blog: http://www.fayeisabella.co.uk/2017/03/enigma.html
    Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/fayeisabella

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  19. I must say you have mentioned really awesome tips babe...! All the outfits look so awesomely chic and cool... kisses, Neha

    http://www.theinstylejournal.com/

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  20. great post looking lovely
    http://thestyleride.com/

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  21. I really believe that your style is pretty unique, love this blue dress ;)
    Nati xx
    www.simplyartdicted.com

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  22. Great tips and outfit ideas, I really like your styling!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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  23. Great tips, Rachel! I think sometimes we all need to remind ourselves that by blogging underneath the umbrella of 'personal style', it means we're free to blog about any outfits we choose! I always enjoy seeing the look you put together! :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

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  24. I love your style! The blue dress is everything!!

    http://chicglamstyle.com/the-key-to-rocking/

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  25. Dear Rachel,
    Your tips are so true and we shouldn't fear to take a risk :) Personally, I think you have a fantastic sense of style - what you show here is definitely a proof again!
    I think you can nearly wear everything! Never ever a reason to apologise <3
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  26. What a fabulous message, girl! I really couldn't agree more and you're so right, we do often feel forced to comply with a labeled style that we or someone else has labeled us as. I definitely have a more eclectic style because I get inspired by so many things. However, there have been times I've said no to certain pieces because I thought to myself, "that would be too Kim K" lol. Especially now that I'm pregnant, there are certain pieces I've thought about trying, but hesitated because I didn't want to be categorized as that. But you're so right, we have to just go for it and wear what we want regardless! Thanks for sharing these great tips with us, girl, and I hope you have a great weekend ahead!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

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  27. Taking risks is one of my favorite things about fashion! You can literally wear anything and not care about being judged or anyone taking you seriously. That's the whole fun in being you and having your own personality. These are some great tips girl, definitely motivating!

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com/

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  28. This was a great post dear :) I can completely relate. Branding ourselves is so stressful (especially online) and I just hate it. I have stressed so much about trying to figure out what my style is, when I've known all along. I've always felt like I needed to choose something so there would be consistency in my closet and online, but that's just not me. Sometimes I want to look I stepped out of 1950s Vogue, sometimes I want to look like a hippy, sometimes I want to be the athletic girl from Athleta or or LuLuLemon. It really just depends on my mood and I am learning to embrace the fact that I don't fit into any one category. Thanks for the encouragement babe <3

    xo, mikéla / simplydavelyn.com

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  29. Dear Rachel,
    I truly love all the thought behind this piece. It's so rue. We shouldn't think of ourselves as a type but rather feel we have the freedom to try anything and everything! You wear all these looks so well and as always, you are such an inspiration!!!

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  30. this is such an amazingpost
    and great tipps, it's so important to feel good with what you wear
    lovely Looks :D

    with love your AMELY ROSE

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  31. I totally agree Rachel! I LOVE fashion because it helps me express how I feel and who I am! I would hate being limited to a "Stereotype" and that is why I change up my blog often too! I love when you experiment with different styles! <3 Samantha http://rapunzille.com

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  32. Love these tips! I am always wearing black and trying to get out of that rut as much as possible! And always being comfy is key! Hope you're out enjoying your Sunday babe!

    xx,
    Cynthia

    www.thesirenconfidential.com

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  33. Couldn't agree with you more! I love the idea of dressing however I feel. Putting yourself into a box is never fun and you should always avoid doing that in life no matter what subject. I love how you always just go for it and yes you do give boho vibes a lot but you also do other looks just as well!

    -M

    Violet Roots || Instagram

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  34. Loving your looks and your tips. Thanks for sharing.
    xx
    https://theonethattravels.wordpress.com/
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_zn7IqrAY1I44bRuN6dH-Q

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  35. Love your post girl! I couldn't agree more, I always dress according to my mood and sometimes I love jumping out of my comfort zone, it's the only way to know if something looks good on you or not! Thanks for sharing such incredible tips!

    Enjoy your week!

    Vanessa
    http://thefashionstatement.net

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  36. I try to break free from stereotyping myself.
    Beautiful outfits.

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  37. Such a great post! This is so true!
    I try not to label myself either and I just wear whatever I like and feel comfortable with, I think that's the best way to rock any outfit!
    Loving all these looks! Especially that blue dress!
    Thanks for sharing babe
    XO
    Aimara
    www.waysofstyle.com

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  38. what a great post! I totally agreed that everything about style should be about you. I never wore something that doesn't look like me. It is why people recognize me easily! I love the blue dress on you!

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  39. What a lovely post! I love the sentence about the Spice girls! So SO true! I'm a firm believer in what you're saying. If you take a look at some of my IG post I'm right there with you. I dress for my mood, my season, my life, my feeling. It's one of those things that it's like I really hope you adore my looks but if you don't I really don't care either because this is me and I'm not changing that for you! It sounds so sassy when I type it out but it's not intended to be that way! As for your looks here, so beautiful! I adore specifically that blue dress on you! The cut was made for you and blue on blonde will forever be one of my favorite combinations!

    Manda | http://EvocativelyChosen.com

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  40. Rachel you have such a great style and no reason to apologize! :) I like your tips and agree with you on mixing it up! That´s the way I do it too! xoxo

    www.naomella.com

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  41. I totally agree with you! I am all about my personal style. I just don't have one style though and I love it that way. I love to mix styles and trends into how I'd normal wear them. Fashion is all about expressing yourself, and it is important to stay true to you. What you want to express to people that you are surrounded by is up to you.

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  42. Totally agree with you. As long as we're still young, we should experiment with our style and take some risks, because fashion is always a fun and a pleasure! Loving all the looks here.

    Cheers, Eliza | www.fashion-confession.com

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  43. Love reading this post babe!!! Experimenting with your own style is sometimes good to find your own identity and also know what fits you more. I consider my self like you very colourful since I like to have fun with the clothes. I love this dress look on you. Thanks for sharing the tips

    xoxo
    Marcy

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  44. I love the message in your post and I completely agree. We should wear what we like and works for our body type. At the end of the day, the outfit represent who you are and it should reflect your style and not somebody else's. You look amazing btw :)
    xo, Maryam
    www.glamandposh.com

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  45. Hey Beauty:)
    Hows you?
    So Inspiring Post Darling and I agree with you soo much:)
    We should wear what we want and in what we feel comfortable:)
    I think this is the most important thing:)
    You Look always so Stylish and Unique:)
    The Blue Dress was super cute:)
    Love Open Kloset By Karina
    Happy Week
    Kisss

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  46. hello sweetie, nice tips and you really have true. Bloggers should be creative from vintage or old at a new brand items . We need to be unique.
    yo looking very nice with the cluth and hat .
    xx
    Eva
    www.themermaidfaahion.com

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  47. I love your tips and I completely agree. I am all about my personal style. You have to try and see what you like and what looks good on you. Style is expressing yourself, so it is important to stay true. I love the blue dress on you! Have a lovely day xoxo Elif

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  48. I love all these tips and so agree!! I don't even really follow trends much anymore. I just kinda do a "wear whatever I'd like" type of thing. It's so much easier to staying true to me than following what people think is cool! Love your attitude

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  49. Such an incredibly inspirational post! I totally agree. Everyone has their own style. You just have to find yours and rock it!! Be yourself and exude confidence ❤

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  50. I feel like a lot of times - yes I do get obsessed with what other people are wearing and I want to wear it as well. But also I wouldn't want to wear it if I didn't like it. Sometimes I follow trends because they are so me, and sometimes I don't because I don't like them.

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  51. Im always about statement accesorizes and shoes! Im loving this blue dress, its so beautiful <3

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  52. I agree with everything you said! We should always wear who we are and not because what people tell us! I love your style!

    xxx
    thenewgirl

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  53. I absolutely agree and while I don't tend to categorize myself as anything really, I do tend it's hard for me to step out of my comfort zone. For example, I can't wear baggy pants as I think they make me look really short. But that's just in my head, the pictures prove me wrong. So stepping out of my comfort zone is something I need to do a lot more. :)
    xoxo
    Thomas

    http://thomasfalkenstedt.com

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