In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. – Coco Chanel
Yeesh. What a loaded statement that is.
Don’t get me wrong, I admire Coco Chanel just as much as the next fashion blogger – but talk about pressure.
The statement has held it’s own though, as now everywhere you turn someone is proclaiming the value of “being different“.
Whether it’s bringing different ideas to work, or having a different view on current issues, or simply living a different lifestyle – we all seem to be constantly striving for this ideal state of being.
Because being different means you’re interesting (and according to Coco – irreplaceable) – and let’s be honest, we’d all rather be seen as interesting than just another person in the crowd.
In a world where the Lady Gaga’s and Miley Cyrus’ are often admired for their eccentric and offbeat way of life, it can make us common folk feel as if the charge to be different requires a lot of extra work.
I know I’ve talked at length about celebrating each other’s differences, especially when it comes to your sense of style, but I still have moments when I second-guess how different I am.
Take this outfit for example.
At it’s bare bones, there’s nothing incredibly striking about it. It’s simply a sweater with pants and boots.
Saying it’s different, in the offbeat and eccentric way we tend to view “being different”, would be a bit of a stretch.
But here’s what we all tend to miss about this whole thing:
Being different doesn’t mean you have to be groundbreaking.
You don’t have to dye your hair all sorts of colors, become an icon for a subculture trend, or wear fanciful outfits all the time.
To be different all you have to do is be you.
You’ve heard it before, but I’ll say it again anyways – there is and never will be anyone exactly like you.
So if you want to celebrate being different, then celebrate being you.
Share your ideas, express your creativity, and wear what you want to wear.
I can guarantee you that’s what Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus do, no matter how offbeat, eccentric, or -in my case – pretty basic it may seem.
So yes, Coco is right to say in order to be irreplaceable you must be different.
But what she failed to mention was to be different all you have to do is be yourself.
Thanks so much for reading!
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