Finding a style that suits you and where to shop

Isabella Finn

Your clothing can say a lot about you, and your choice of clothing can speak volumes. Beyond style, it has the potential to tell the world about you and who you are. How you present yourself can make or break a first impression. But why do clothes hold so much societal weight? Because, apparently this is Madonna’s material world and we’re all just living in it.

How do I distinguish my sense of personal style? You have a few options for this, start by breaking down your lifestyle and interests and see how they influence your taste. You might be influenced by what your favourite colour is or the music you listen to, or maybe even the style of the artist. And if you’re passionate enough about politics to wear them then by all means get creative but inoffensive. If you’re still struggling to channel what you’re influenced by, as a last resort, take a BuzzFeed quiz like the rest of us.

So as not to disappoint yourself midway through your ‘style journey’, be wary and conclude if you are financially stable to keep up with your chosen clothing style, some are more expensive than others. To kick things off, different parts of Dublin cater to different styles, and I have split up four distinct ‘districts’ for you.

First up is Henry Highstreet, Henry Street if you didn’t catch that, home to staple highstreet clothing retailers such as New Look, River Island, Topshop and Penneys (technically Mary’s Street). Henry Highstreet caters to those who want to stay on trend with sometimes fad fashion. These shops are attractive because they can be reasonably priced and often mimic the styles of what we see on television. We’re comfortable with these shops and their clothes because they are familiar. Whether you want a softer or edgier approach to your personal style through a series of hair ties or hoop earrings; Henry Highstreet has you covered.

Next up is Typically Alternative Temple Bar, for the festival kids. Temple Bar is one of Dublin City Centre’s most popular tourist spots, it has a host of pubs, bars, eateries, galleries and whacky clothes shops. Some of these boutiques are vintage or repurposed retailers and the articles of clothing they sell are often loud. If you’re a festival kid conscious of your carbon footprint caused by mass production clothing then you might find your style here.

Glam Grafton Street is for those who can afford it. Yes it has some of the same shops as our Highstreet friend but the rest of the designer clothing retailers who live here carry bigger price tags. Grafton Street is perfect if you want to update your wardrobe with a luxury quality item that looks expensive, because chances are it is expensive. Designer trends can have a longer shelf life as they influence the highstreet remakes. This is more suited to a person who is smart with saving their money and what they buy for their wardrobe, a good quality item requires good quality care.

Georges Street Grunge is not as similar to Temple Bar style as you think it is, sometimes its not even that grungy. Georges Street Arcade starts with Nirvana band t-shirts and ends with retro 1950’s dresses and underskirts. From heavy metal to do-wop swing and everything in between, the Arcade is for music lovers of a different time. Now that you have your aesthetic put together and know the geography of where to find it go get to work, or don’t, at the end of the day it’s just clothes.

Isabella Finn

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