Original style….

What is original style?

As a commenter once said to me:

How can something be truly unique? If there are more than one of the item, it wouldn’t be technically considered unique.

And even if there was only one of each item there may be similar items out there – so would they still be considered unique?

Good question. And one too deep for me to answer in a neat little blog post.

So instead, I am going to direct you to people who are real individuals to me, and turn against so-called mainstream to create their own kind of unique style.

(To clarify, when I say unique from now on, I mean “not-like-the-others” and not necessarily that they are the only ones that exist in the entire world…which would stir up a whole philosophical debate akin to “if a tree falls and no one hears it, does it make a sound?”)

Introducing Kat Von D and her D-I-Y- t-shirts!


I just find them a tad too revealing for my taste so I wouldn’t actually wear the t-shirts myself, because they’d look totally out of place on me, but I think it looks great on Kat, and if you can pull it off, why not?

Another individual style icon is Dita von Teese who is not for the Natural Movement. She’s into artifice and the idea of man-made beauty, which is.. exactly what she’s all about. The properly done and dyed hair, the makeup, the red lips, the high heels, the corsets.. it’s her style and she rocks it.



She has stated that you would never catch her dead in sweatpants and sneakers going out. I wonder what her natural beauty looks like underneath all of that.

Well, this video may give you a taste of that! She looks completely different in the beginning of the film.



Or how about model Agyness Deyn? They call her the new Kate Moss but I think she’s got a style all of her own, sprouting a new fashion style called “The London Club Look”.

Fun fact: her real name is Laura Hollins.. bet you didn’t know that! And there’s a huge controversy about her age. She says she’s 21, but she’s really 24.. *rolls eyes* Who cares, she can work it like Boy George!!!!

Here’s Boy George

And here’s a look that’s really Boy George-ish. I think it’s the hat that does it.

Or how about in our very own blogosphere? Tavi is an individual to the point that she gets mocked (sometimes) at school for wearing her own interpretations. I’d post a pic of hers but she has stated on her blog that she doesn’t want anyone to use her pics. Respect!

Hysteric girl did a great post called: does fashion need rules?. The best are the tips near the bottom on how to ignore people who snicker at what you wear when you walk downtown.

The one tip gave me a fright: “PUBLIC AREAS – It’s generally safer to walk around places filled with people and try to avoid back alleys. People rarely do anything too bad when tonnes of people are about but they might try it if you make yourself an easy target.”

Seriously? 😐

Last but not least, if you saw the Kaiser walking down the street dressed like this, you’d think he’s a crazy ol’ foo! “Girl, look at him! What is up with those gloves?

But he ain’t because he’s his own person and there is no one else who can dress like that (except for Halloween) and rock it harder than he does.

And one of my favourite shots of him:

Those are just a couple of people who don’t care what others think of them and I applaud them because I can’t go against mainstream.

I’ve been too programmed to love dressing in classic, conservative outfits with light touches of bright colour or heavy metal, looking like I stepped out of a J. Crew catalog.

But I do respect true street style that makes you think and re-evaluate your wardrobe.

So.. FB I live in a small town, where the hell am I going to find people NOT like you and your pansy-ass mainstream J.Crew style?

Well, here are some really great ‘street style’ sites you can go to for plebian inspiration!

About the Author

Just a girl trying to find a balance between being a Shopaholic and a Saver. I cleared $60,000 in 18 months earning $65,000 gross/year. Now I am self-employed, and you can read more about my story here, or visit my other blog: The Everyday Minimalist.