The philosophy of being as simple as possible and dressing modestly is something i’ve always been drawn to and followed. I never felt comfortable wearing overly tight fitting dresses or showing too much skin. Although my friends looked amazing in them, they didn’t really resonate with me. As a teen and in my early 20’s, I used to think I didn’t have the confidence to wear clothing like that —now an adult, i’ve come to realize that it had nothing to do with my confidence but that I was defining my personal style.

I think about my mother, who never purchased a single dress from a department store, always bought her own fabric and would have the most beautiful long flowing dresses made for her in stunning textiles. What she wanted to wear wasn’t available to her so she made her own. She wasn’t doing it be more socially responsible or to instil sustainable fashion values in me (although indirectly she was doing just that). It did however, teach me to look at the way I thought about clothing differently, pay attention to brands more, look at the details of the fabric closely and have a much more open mind toward the way I think about my clothing choices —what’s on trend and considered fashionable may not always work for me and that’s okay.

When I came across these images on pinterest, I remembered my mother, her flowing colourful dresses and classy style. I felt inspired to do the same and am currently in the process of designing a few looks for myself this summer, one similar to the dress in photo no.3.

What’s your personal style story? Please share below, i’d love to hear all about it :)

*images via pinterest

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