Is It Possible to Develop a Sense of Fashion?


Or, more broadly, is it possible to learn how to dress tastefully? Which is more important, the mind, the environment, or the money? Nellie Burges, an essay writer from and a blogger, tries to ask this question and explains what is needed for developing a sense of fashion.

Nothing is given to anyone without effort

Anyone can be taught anything. The question is how much effort has been put into it. If you’re talented in the field, you’re mastering, and things will go faster if the ability is average, slower. Creating a coherent visual image is a skill like reading or swimming. It’s not just given to anyone. You weren’t born knowing the alphabet, were you? It takes time and effort to look good and dress tastefully.

Broad outlook and intelligence

IF a woman is not beautiful by 30, she’s a fool, said Coco Chanel. Rough, but true. Because, perhaps, the main thing that lies in the ability to dress and present yourself according to age, environment, situation, and fashion is intelligence. It’s the books you’ve read and the movies you’ve seen. It’s the knowledge of history, the interest in painting and music, in a word, a broad outlook. This allows you to understand who you are and what the world around you is like, and therefore, integrate yourself organically into this world and present yourself to the world.

The external image is a reflection of what is inside. In particular, this is why many women look better with age – the intelligence and broad-mindedness that come with time make them look more meaningful and attractive. I have never met an intelligent person, well-developed well-mannered, and tasteless-looking at the same time.

The environment matters

Taste is not born from anything and does not appear with a person at birth. It is based primarily on what was accepted in the family and the environment. How your parents dressed and who your parents were, how your apartment was furnished, where you went with your family, what people you interacted with, where you went, what books you read, these are all the things that later grow your dressing skills personal style.

If the family and the environment have failed (or continue to fail in adulthood), you need to spend more in effort to look stylish and harmonious. It is also essential the environment in which you, as an adult, live and socialize because it imposes a mark on what you choose things, how you combine them, and where you wear them.

It is necessary to see enough examples

The more examples you have in front of you, the better. This can be textbooks on the history of costume, magazines, blogs, books – there is a lot of information! Apart from the environment, family, and education, travel influences greatly. To observe how people in different countries are dressed, how shop windows are decorated, how the manner of dress varies depending on time and place, what national taste is based on, how people behave in different situations, to notice manners and habits – it’s not only very interesting but also expands horizons.The more you see different examples of how people can look and how they live, the easier it will be to find an acceptable model for yourself and resist the attacks of society in the spirit of a short hair do not like men or if you dress unfeminine, then you will not get married.

You need practical experience


And to get that experience takes time and effort. Saving pictures that you like from the network, analyzing them, revising your closet, shopping, trying on different things, making different sets, combining one thing with another, and learning what suits you and what doesn’t. All this requires, first of all, an investment of time and desire.

The question of money, by the way, is important but not paramount. Regardless of your income, you spend money on clothes, not walking down the street in pajamas or a bath towel. With a limited budget, it’s harder to choose. You’ll need more time, you’ll have less stuff, you may not have the style variety at all, but a small budget is not the main obstacle to style. The main ones are stupidity and laziness.

There is no shortcut or easy way

Whether it’s looking good or learning a new language. There is no easy way to lose weight, no easy way to get smarter, no easy way to get prettier or keep your looks (and your mind, for that matter) in great condition. It all takes time, money (and often more for beauty, intellect, and health than for clothes), desire, and willpower. And when we tell ourselves I don’t have time, or I’m not interested, or I can’t, it’s just an excuse for our own reluctance and laziness.

Written by Malorie Mackey
Malorie Mackey is an actress and writer living in Los Angeles, CA. Malorie's first published book entitled "My Playboy Story: Hopping from Richmond to Hollywood" was published in 2017. Since then, Malorie's short story "What Love Has Taught Me" has been published in the anthology "Choices," and she has been writing and blogging about travel and adventure in hopes to publish her next book about travel soon. She believes that everyone should enjoy a little adventure in their lives. Check out