London is the type of city where the definition of global is something to be felt and experienced. That’s probably why it’s frequently described as buzzing with opportunity. If you’ve yet to build a substantial network here, there are literally 191,200 people arriving and departing from Heathrow airport on a daily basis, and that’s on top of the city’s population of 8.4 million. By the way, that doesn’t include statistics for London’s two other airports, not to mention rail and car transport. Whatever community or connection you’re looking for, you’ve got an impressive chance of finding it in London, if you’re willing to search for it.
I left the University of British Columbia in 2013 with this mentality. Although Vancouver certainly felt like love at first sight, it wasn’t quite the right fit. Currently, I am more than excited to be studying Journalism at the University of the Arts London. Being at an arts school is a plus because I am surrounded by such imaginative students. Not only for social and networking reasons, but also for the constant reminder of including personality in everything I do – work and fashion included.
East London is an interesting place to be, particularly Shoreditch (known for its independent artists and designers) because it borders central London. Thus, you witness a mix of people working in London’s financial sector and those with an Arts career. Hopefully that’s represented in these photos with the vibrant backdrop of street art. Where there’s a heavy concentration of competitive professionals and creatives, however, standing out without being obnoxious about your clothing choices can be difficult. So how does one uphold their authenticity in such environments?
For the professional creative, there always exists this friction of incorporating personality into business wear. In terms of formal dress, I’ve found that blazers have evolved from being a dull, mostly uncomfortable requirement, to existing in multiple arrays of silhouettes, material, and color. I’ve used two different blazers with this outfit that are equally formal, but quite different in presentation. Both encompass elements that integrate personality, such as the attention-grabbing colour and baggier silhouette of the Wilfred blazer, and the cuff-pattern of the second Talula blazer. The cut and print of the skirt also adds an edgier look.
Of course, our character and our careers are on-going developments. The most common piece of advice that I receive to that regard is, in the simplest of words, “just do you.” Be authentic. That can easily fall into the category of easier said than done to a lot of people. One of my favorite writers, Ned Hepburn, described authenticity and confidence perfectly in a piece he wrote on Jamie Hince’s sense of style, and I do recommend you read it. Here’s a link. The takeaway from that piece is the idea that you are more than entitled to not care for what others think of you and what you wear, but it is very important that you care about what YOU think. Keep this in mind, and the stress of redundant matters, like following trends, will fade.