Style for me is a reflection of one’s self. It is the feeling one receives when you look in the mirror after assembling an outfit. Far too often, people are conscious of others’ thoughts of their personal style. Personally, I plan every single outfit minutes before I get dressed. This method may not be traditional to most, but knowing the pieces that are at my disposal is vital in keeping it simple, yet lethal at the same time. This allows me to visualize and navigate through the color schemes that are available to me. It all starts with knowing patterns and color combinations that would stylistically agree with one another. I personally never liked or had a “favorite color”. My color of choice has always been the one that pleases me the most in that exact moment. It is determined by the reaction felt after putting on an outfit, looking in the mirror, and feeling a sense of gratification. The reaction that it gives me is the validation I need. However, there are times when the mirror won’t give me the validation that I am seeking on the first attempt, but my confidence never waivers. When this happens, I would head back to the pieces that are available to me for some tweaks and additions, such as a change of tie, or incorporating an accessory such as a hat or a pocket square. For me, the most important thing when it comes to one’s personal style is being happy and in control with how you look. Seeking validation from others is not the right mentality. Personal expressions of one’s self is vital to one’s confidence. Be in charge of your confidence! Others can influence your personal style, but they can’t be the primary source or end all be all. We all strive for greatness, and the opinions of others at times matters, but keeping them out of the driver’s seat is key.
Mohamed A. Tunis
Photography by Ishan Poe