Style My Soul Explores …
“What personality or type of style did you emulate while growing up, and how did that impact your outlook on how you dressed and embraced life?”
Joey from Friends
During the late 1990s and early 2000s, the show “Friends” was a legitimate trendsetter for style. That was mostly for women, but not entirely. There were plenty of fashion choices by the men on the show that made male viewers think, “That’s a nice casual look. I could see myself wearing that on a date.” That’s what I often thought when I saw Matt LeBlanc’s character don turtlenecks and jeans.
Maybe he’d throw on a leather jacket over the sweater. It was a suave, yet comfortable look. That’s often the look I was going after when I would mingle with friends or go out hoping to meet people. -- Trevor Ford, Head of Growth, Yotta
Admirable Musicians and Artists
Growing up, I emulated the personalities and styles of the artists and musicians that I admired. I was drawn to their creativity, self-expression, and individuality, and I wanted to emulate those traits in my own life. As a result, the music, art, and fashion of those artists and musicians heavily influenced my outlook on how I dressed and embraced my personal style. I was drawn to bold colors, unique patterns, and eclectic styles that allowed me to express my creativity and individuality. For example, the punk and grunge music scenes heavily influenced me, and I embraced the rebellious and edgy fashion styles associated with those genres. This influenced the way I dressed, as I favored black clothing, leather jackets, and studded accessories. This influence also affected my outlook on life, as I embraced a more non-conformist and independent attitude. It drew me to alternative lifestyles and subcultures, and I was more willing to take risks and challenge societal norms. -- Will Gill, Event Entertainer, DJ Will Gill
Heavy Metal Tomboys
I was into heavy metal when I was growing up, and that affected my style. Oversized grandfather’s checked shirts and jeans were a staple. I rejected life and was full of inner anger and rage. The music helped me release the tension, and I used the clothing style to feel safe and unapproachable, and sometimes even invisible. I was a master at using clothing to control other people’s behavior towards me although I wasn’t that aware of it. The girls in school were afraid of me, and I forced respect onto boys. I was “one of the guys,” and the only girl allowed to be in the “boys-only zone.” So one could say the way I dressed opened many doors for me. This impacted me later in life as well, as I had always known how to get along with “the guys,” and I had been speaking their language, which made them open up to me freely even after I had switched to the more feminine style.
-- Ana Malovrh, CEO & Founder, Choose Your Signature Style
Dressed for Success
Growing up, I always had a suit-and-tie kind of style. My parents gave me the impression that if I wanted to be successful in life, then I needed to look and act the part. Because of that mindset, I was determined to dress professionally from a young age. Whenever my family went on vacations or for special occasions, they always made sure that I had a suit. Not only did this help me look good, but it also gave me the confidence to show others I meant business. Even though my suit style was more traditional than fashionable, it still taught me to strive for excellence and never look back when accomplishing goals. The suit-and-tie mentality has been a part of my life since, and I’m grateful for the business values it has instilled in me. It was the suit-and-tie style that helped shape my outlook on how I embraced life and made sure that I would dress appropriately for any situation. -- Erik Pham, CEO, Health Canal
The Murphy Brown personality was a great one to emulate if you were a girl growing up during the 1990s. Her character was tough enough and confident enough to face off against men of power. She was ambitious, quick-witted, attractive, compassionate, and empathetic. All of those traits made her a reputable journalist who everyone noticed and admired. Murphy Brown was a sitcom — so often her professional and personal lives would lead to zany moments that elicited laughter, but you could tell the writers took great care in how they portrayed her. They knew girls and young women saw her as a role model. I was one of them — and I emulated her personality and style growing up. It set me on the right path. As a fictional character, Murphy Brown made a tremendous impact.
-- Emily Saunders, Chief Revenue Officer, eLuxury
80s Wall Street Executives
When people think of the 80s business owner today, they often think of the Gordon Gecko type, which isn’t really accurate. Gecko was a fictional, Machiavellian character. What made the 80s persona work was that Wall Street was seen the way Tombstone was seen by the Earp brothers, a place of untapped wealth and potential. Those Wall Street types from over three decades ago really looked the type. They cared deeply about their appearance. There was a straight-laced, professional look to 80s-era business attire, but on the inside, there was an adventurous side. They wanted to be on the groundbreaking side of technology and wealth creation.
So much of our lives had been influenced by how Wall Street and the executive business world influenced our world 35 years ago. We can give thanks (and blame) for what those bold business people did. I forged my path with the image of an 80s business executive at the front of my mind. -- John Sarson, CEO, American Crypto Academy
Growing up, I loved Gwen Stefani. I wasn’t even sure why, but as I grew older and understood myself more, I saw what parts of her lit up parts of me that are very inherent to my genuine spirit. In the 90’s, when I was a teenager, Gwen Stefani was a combination of the girliest girl, and one of the guys. I loved this duality. It is very similar to my personality. I love being the only girl with all the guys, just as she was the only girl in her band, No Doubt. But I also love to dress very femininely and stand out. I can hold both sides of the same coin. To this day, my style has developed, but still embodies this duality. In conclusion, my personal style has a lot of contrast between masculine and feminine aspects, and I love to play with mixing the two together. - Cayla Gao, PR Manager, Depology
My Father’s Style
When I was younger, I wanted to emulate my father. He was always the most charismatic and charming man in any room. Whether it was a social or professional environment, I saw him win over everyone he met by simply being fearlessly himself and eccentric.
I took on this personality as much as I could, as I saw this as being very successful when I was younger. But I did it in my own way. I tried to always wear something unique, so I would stand out wherever I went. I became somewhat obsessed with my own creative style and really honed in on it as I saw how much of an impact it had on my interactions in the world. I realized I could draw people to me simply by wearing an outfit that caught their eye. In conclusion, by emulating my father’s personal style growing up, I took on a unique aesthetic that is still utterly my own. -- Lionel Mora, CEO, Neoplants