Being Unique Is The New Black: Why Originality Is So Attractive

by Dan Scotti

Unique is the new black. Style is everything -- and originality is what will separate yours from everyone else’s. Taking fashion risks are attractive, as long as you’re confident enough to pull them off.

Ultimately, the monotony of commercial style will become droll, and you won’t have to be a hipster to ache for some quirks in your wardrobe. I recommend acting upon these impulses, even if they don’t show up in any fashion magazine or billboard you come across.

As per Wiz Khalifa, “I pride myself on doing things different, and kind of like unacceptable – and weird. And when I start seeing things become the norm, I start to stray away from that.”

I suppose that's a hipster mentality, but applying a generic title to it would be contradictory. What Wiz is saying is that he finds the originality in his wardrobe to be his style, as opposed to his style being predicated on a set of clothes.

Do you see what I’m saying? Wiz’s style isn’t composed of a concept of fashion, but rather, a concept of alternative fashion.

Why would you want to appear, stylistically, like anyone else, anyway? Your fashion is supposed to be a direct representation of who you want others to perceive you as. Why would you want to blend in?

For me, my style has always been a subject of jokes around my friends. My friends were always the “typical guys,” who, more or less, didn’t care about fashion at all. I guess that was their style.

My style wasn’t so much a way for me to construe a message about myself as it was a means to separate myself in some way or another. Like Wiz, I just wore a lot of sh*t to be different -- I don’t know, to express myself in some way.

After living in Europe, soccer pants just sort of happened. My boys were still rocking baggy pants, and there I was, with my trainers cuffed at the ankles.

The Grateful Dead have gotten me through a lot of tough times in my life, and aspects of their tie-dyed culture can be seen in my style. Bandanas and sh*t. I was a clown.

I’ll blend couture textures with sh*t I found at the thrift store. It’s safe to say, my style doesn’t follow any of the “fashion rules,” but that’s because I try to have it speak for itself. If it didn’t, it wouldn’t be my own.

For Anabel Englund, it’s all about pushing the limits and boundaries. Anabel is a super talented vocalist, and visionary when it comes to developing her image. She barely wears makeup. Her hair is dyed wild colors.

The fact that she’s so different from the classic stereotype of how a lady should look is what makes her so f*cking desirable. Stereotypes are a dime-a-dozen; they’re “typical” by definition.

While one quick search of "Anabel Englund" on Google won’t tell you everything there is to know about her, a glance at a photo will give you an idea. Her style speaks.

By creating a unique style, you create an aspect of your being that cannot be replicated by anyone else. While you might not know what Anabel Englund is all about, you get the idea that she's not like most women.

That’s what makes being unique attractive: It’s irreplaceable.

I recommend experimenting with your style. If you want to dye your hair some color, or even pierce something, I say go for it. Eventually, your hair will fade back to it’s natural color, and ultimately, your skin will heal after removing a piercing.

Nothing is permanent. Frequently changing your style doesn’t mean you don’t foster a “true” style. Like Wiz said, perhaps you’ll just feel the need to keep trying different styles to keep things fresh. You only have one life to live, and when you’re dead, I’m sure you’re not going to pride yourself on wearing white v-necks and jeans for most of your 20s.

It all comes back to being confident. Style doesn’t define you, but it can amplify you -- in the best way. If you’re truly about something, be about it. Don’t be fearful of people because people will hate, always. Just own it.