Today in Little Fashion Week, a bit of inspiration and a reminder that personal style comes from within…
Between her unanimous success at the recent Grammy Awards and her bravura appearance on the cover of next month’s Vogue, the internet (and the world) has been abuzz about Brit songstress Adele Adkins. It was four years ago when I first came to know Adele through her debut album, and over that time she’s remained a source of style inspiration for me. I count her among Drew Barrymore, Christina Hendricks, Sophie Dahl and Kate Winslet as an outward representation of fashion and beauty that I can deeply relate to while also motivating me to remember that confidence propels us into the most beautiful version of our selves. With that in mind, here are a few of the things Adele has inadvertently taught me in her adventures through music. (Did I mention she wears TOM FORD Spring/Summer ’12 in her Vogue editorial [see above]? Girl after my own heart!)
01. Style is what you make it into, not what it makes you into.
One thing Adele will never be swayed into is the belief that she must change in order to be accepted in the world of fashion and personal style. While easily on the rise to becoming a style icon to many, she never lets trends or industry…standards, for lack of a better word, dictate what she wears. She remains proud and confident, and her style reflects that.
02. Discover your own personal marque of glamour and flaunt it.
Adele has, of course, completely amazing hair and a gorgeous face; these are two of the elements of her personal beauty that I’ve always been inspired by, the way she wears gloriously detailed make-up and everything from a ‘60s bouffant to a riotous waterfall of waves. She knows the most electric parts of her look and she illuminates them completely.
03. Be an interpretation of all your inspirations.
After recently facing censure for her size Adele responded, “I represent the majority of women and I’m very proud of that.” She indicated that she has her own insecurities (as we all do) but what I love about Adele is that she knows how much of herself to put out into the world. She faces her insecurities when she needs to, however she needs to, but she keeps it in perspective and she represents confidence for everywoman who can relate to her, in any way.
04. Nothing is as powerful as a woman confident in her own skin.
Adele has always had a commanding look, and while she more recently rocks powerhouse hair she has never been afraid to wear a bun or ponytail, displaying her face in all its striking beauty. Simple as it is, that choice of hers has inspired me in times when I’ve felt like I should “hide” my full face behind even fuller hair. The fact that she takes on whatever look she wants and ignores the beauty confines often set by the media is encouraging on so many levels.
05. In fashion, beauty, dreams and life: be bold, honest and dynamic.
She knows her own self, the self she reflects to the world, and she embraces it. It may not always be easy, but she knows her own strength, her own ability. Words we all use to describe Adele and her music are soulful, empowering, determined. She lives veraciously, and with passion. It’s that which elevates her style and outward appearance into the vibrant model of confidence that’s the core of her inspiration to me.
Photo credit: Vogue | Adele for Vogue US March 2012, photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.