Chances are you’ve heard of Unique Vintage’s #IAmUnique campaign. It may not exactly come as a surprise that it is in support of unique styles but it is the encouragement for everyone to embrace their differences that makes it really special. What isn’t inspiring about seeing fashion brands including ‘different looking’ women, who value less mainstream clothing styles, and having them involved in their campaigns!?
Today I thought I’d share why I am unique…
The list is pretty endless and at times probably feels a little weird, so I’ll make this post exclusive to my dress sense.
I love vintage clothing, I enjoy the feminine pin up look and have recently started to integrate a more rockabilly vibe into my wardrobe. Why, you might ask? The simple answer being because it is far more fun! An unconventional opinion but, why shouldn’t fashion be something to play around with? With a penchant for dressing up since a young age; I don’t think anyone has been shocked that I like to play around with my look so much. Sure I could be hitting the high street and following the latest trends but by inventing my own set of rules there is no expectation by others and I can just embrace me.
I am not the world’s most ‘authentic’ vintage lover; I do not have the time to be forever market snooping (although I seem to make up for this on Etsy), nor do I have the money usually needed to be spent on spotless pieces. Meanwhile I do value my piece of mind too much not to get hung up about this. I think this sets me apart as something unique, as even from a young age I haven’t felt this pressure to conform. Whether it was from my school years when I favoured the colour black a little too much, or whether it can realistically be tracked back to the stripy shorts and levi t-shirt my Mum used to dress me in as a toddler. I was and still am unique.
The pin up look also comes into play. I am always sporting cat eye flicks, love the mole on my cheek and am really grateful that I have a waist that suits the style. On the other hand I embrace the freckles that smother my face in summer and don’t swan about in heels all day long, something that doesn’t stereotypically fit ‘the trend’. Also, with a passion for burlesque, I feel like I was always going to become increasingly playful with my clothing and hairstyle. I’ve been known to take inspiration from not only ‘old hollywood’ but also neo-burlesque stars around today.
Rockabilly too has had an increased influence over my style. I particularly love bumper bangs as well as the music and cars associated with the style. All I need is to learn to jive and then I can take the retro festivals of Britain by storm.
What makes me truly unique is the amalgamation of those three different aspects that I love, coming together with a serious I don’t care what you think attitude. In fact the rare quality of wearing something that you love without fearing any retribution or caring what others think seems to be coming into fashion itself. A fashion trend I can seriously get behind.
I am unique, and that quality is something to celebrate. What makes you feel unique? Let’s unite with our differences.