Dependence on fashion trends doesn’t make you stylish.

By: Amanda Anderson

“For me fashion is fun, and it’s supposed to help you feel good about yourself. I think that’s what all women should focus on: what makes them happy and feel comfortable and beautiful. I wear what I love. Sometimes people like it, sometimes they don’t. I’m fine with that.”- Michelle Obama

Have you ever wondered what made the fashion icons so legendary and innovative? Or what made them worthy of celebration that stems past decades in an industry that doesn’t tolerate most fashion trends longer than a season? It’s the greatest fashion accessory of all time and the only secret that separates the legends from the wannabees: confidence. When it comes to great style and trend setting fabulousness, you won’t get very far without it.

However, in today’s trendy fashion society, confidence is more of an illusion than a fashionable truth. So many of the best dressed celebrities are merely mannequins in human form, dependent on stylists for wardrobe direction; but somehow prematurely labeled as modern day fashion icons for pulling off an outfit that was put together for them by some of the industry’s best.

And instead of creating the fashion trends that we rush to mimic in a watered down version of high end labels, they merely imitate what they see on the runway during New York Fashion Week…as a result, we’ve all become merely duplicates of the runway’s best. But real style stems from our own inner fashion icon, and only those with enough confidence will gladly shy away from fashion trends and walk to the click clack of our own stilettos.

To do that, you’ll need a certain attitude.

It begins with only feeling obligated to wear what you love and feel absolutely beautiful in. Fashion rules can’t dictate what you decide to wear, nor should they be the final verdict for what you place in your wardrobe.

Current fashion should only serve as inspiration, not the blueprint to your overall style…to be fashion handicapped is the greatest no no of the icons.

Coco Chanel didn’t become one of the most celebrated fashion icons of all time because she was trendy, she earned that title because she was innovative and could care less about what others thought was fashionable. And because of her own sheer confidence in her taste in style, she became one of the biggest inspirations to designers and fashion lovers alike. All because she understood that nothing is more chic than confidence and not giving a damn how others feel about you.

When you look for new pieces, choose looks that you love. Step outside of the box of fashion trends, and experiment with styles that compliment your body type–and most importantly, make you feel good. If someone loves your outfit, it’s a bonus, but not necessary for you to strut down the street like it’s a runway. It’s your moment, and you own it.

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