The Joshua Gray Style Concept #62: Denim, Distress, & Personal Details| Photographer: Okennichiwa
The Life + Style Message: Wearing Your Style!
“Fashion” imposes trends on who and what you should be, “style” composes the elements of who you are; in such essence, style is eternal because you have eternal facets to who you are. Thus, confining yourself to the mastering of “fashion” whilst failing to master your style, you fail to charge forth in defining yourself personally, and subsequently belittle your eternal capability for the sake of being defined by fluctuating trends.
Whether you dapper yourself up for the sake of personal fulfillment or to satisfy others’ expectations, the least you can do is personalize elements of your arrangement to make them special to who you are. For me, personalizing tees and distressing my own denim have always been an outlet for me to monitor how I express myself through today’s trends.
Nine times out of ten, I will not purchase pre-distressed denim–it’s not personal enough for me. Beyond the “personal” element of custom distressed denim, the act of wearing pieces that are closer to your heart increases your awareness of self, in a sea of others pushing their selfish preferences on you.
Whether they come from credible or seasoned analysts, others’ trend forecasts aren’t meaningful to the trajectory of your purpose or calling IF you can’t connect those trends to your self-worth, self-faith, and self-belief. You can look like the next hottest thing, next GQ Insider, next Vogue Street Style muse, or Fashion Bombshell or Bomber, but if you don’t BELIEVE you’re the next hottest thing you’re only selling a false figment of reality, and not walking in the everlasting essence of your eternity.
Never lose your self, your integrity, personality, or your creativity–your style–in efforts to win adoration for your adherence to arising trends. Let your style connect with you before it connects with trends.
The Joshua Gray Style Concept captures TJG daily style and incorporates a style, trend, and concept message to inspirationally convey Gray’s philosophy: 1) Use what you have, 2) Get what you can, and 3) Do what you do.