My love of local came from a young age. Both my parents loved fashion, my father designed leather clothing and my mother loved wearing it. I even had a leather onsie as a baby.
My grandmother made a lot of my clothing and my Aunty Ulpha made all my pagent and dance costumes. My step gran made lingerie and had my first custom satin bra at 1years old. (Same ones on trend right now lol) I think they are the ones that made me obsessed with dressing for me and what I like.
Just like my mom, who wore pink at her wedding despite my great grandmothers threats not to attend if she did not wear white. Pink was her favorite colour and if she could get the priest to drop the word obey from their vows she could definitely wear her favorite colour.
I think that is the beauty of fashion and clothing. It has the ability to give you such strength and power. Only however if you embrace the threads that give you all those positive feels. Not what someone tells you is good for your body shape or complextion.
We need to go back to playing with our clothes and realise opionions are nothing but a different view point. Most of the time I really don't like what everyone is raving about or wearing. It all looks the same. I will see a H&M instagram ootd post with hundreds of likes, and will be like why??? I just saw 10 other exact same posts. Then I will see someone looking so gorgeous and unique in local with 11 likes. The point is people will see it how they see it.
I had a girl bully me in grade 7 because I wore pointy flats my Mom had brought home from a trip. She called me Liewe Heksie (old school SA tv series with a witch) and would not stop. I felt like a complete idiot but loved my shoes. Lol the fact that everyone was then wearing them in grade 8 made me realise that your clothes is for you and you need to embrace it.
We all heard those fashion rules our parents and grandparents followed, you cant wear pink and red, brown and black, spots and strips. Follow your gut, what feels good on you. Chances are they will be wearing it next season.