HA HA! I fooled you! If someone else has to tell you this, you'll NEVER FIND IT!
If you're asking this question, it's because you really don't care about finding your own style - you want to know WHO ELSE'S style to copy for yourself. Only when you are content with yourself and you're content with what you're wearing and you finally "feel" that IT IS YOU, that's when you've finally got it sonny!
But at any rate, I will tell you how I came up with MY STYLE ( and how I curbed my incessant desire to purchase MORE and MORE things!) Or did I really?
Poverty vs. wealth - It can cut both ways, but in my case, NOT having the ability to acquire more clothing inspired creativity and a covetousness for those "pieces" I already owned (and of course, these are cheap-ass modern things Made in China that I've managed to still keep around and enjoy; I also think it's odd I am calling something my "pieces" like they were expensive pieces of haute couture, but technically, it counts, and, I like it.)
When I had more money and a more stable income, I bought a ton of stuff I didn't get a chance to wear.
Now that I really shouldn't be acquiring more things, those unworn cuties are like gifts I never unwrapped.
"Ooh! These shoes! I forgot about them!" as my mother handed me a bag of shoes I hadn't worn since my last year of high school/freshman year of college!
And I had the cutest pair of brown lace up brogues amongst them ( I don't really know what they're called) that an older lady enthusiastically complimented me on when I wore them to the library two months ago. She asked me where I got them and I said I wore them in high school and she was like "yeah, they look like it," but she said it in an appreciative manner, and we both knew we had both hit upon something truly exciting.
I guess it's also a lesson in "taking care of your things", because I used to consistently polish and maintain my shoes in high school, so what i sowed, I reaped ( I used to polish my shoes outside on our front porch and my chemistry teacher, who lived across the street, would comment about it in class; I guess he thought it was weird. It was a real big thing in my house though, to polish your shoes and keep them in shape, because I always had to polish my dad's shoes when I was a kid.)
When your job sucks and fashion is the only creativity you get - But even when you have the ability to acquire, your creativity might not be dimmed when the only thing going for you is actually fashion creation (so there is a scarcity element, but it's a terrible element, scarcity in your ENTIRE LIFE). My discretionary income went towards fashion finds and an overgrown accumulation of them, but I derived pleasure in creating new outfits for the work week. ( People noticed too, but I was still not considered "the fashion forward one" because I guess I was not conventionally tall, pretty, skinny, and/ or ass-kissing enough. ) Yeah, that was actually it.
Loving what you really LOVE - I love THE EIGHTIES. I am a child of the eighties ( well born in the late seventies) and went to college in the nineties (I've always considered the nineties to be one big BLAH). I seek to emulate them in my clothing by purchasing what I call "neon vintage", (well, basically scheming to color all my clothing NEON), skinny stone washed jeans, mini-skirts, big-collared, brightly colored shirts and outrageous sweaters (most I have knitted myself, but that's for another story). I relive my youth in a way I never actually lived it, and I get a lot of inspiration from the movie Heathers (1989), particularly the blue style menagerie Winona Ryder is parked in as Veronica Sawyer
The shoes she wears are the real thing I love; lil' lace up booties reminiscent of 19th century days, and I have owned several pairs of said style of shoe. It's a mix of parochial and sophisticated that has always resonated with me. Luckily, my mother gave me an old pair of hers, AND some modern-day companies have used the style as a template and I bought them when I was at my old job, so I had a little collection.
Basically, what I'm trying to say is, is that your style is YOUR STYLE ( just like all the advertising and clothing companies tell you), and there will be rules for your style, based on your personality and tastes, but I just really wanted to tell you a little bit ABOUT MINE. (to be continued...)
Coranda Marks just really loves fashion, and loves it FAST and CHEAP.