Although here at FashionBeans we very much support timeless staples and curating a personal style that withstands any passing trend or fad, this is not to say we don’t see the importance in reinventing yourself.
Whether it’s through subtle wardrobe updates or a complete style overhaul, reinvention is a powerful tool both on a physical and psychological level. It is also something that helps us form our own identity, one that is both personalised and unique.
This idea is reinforced by a fantastic quote once said by musician and activist, Henry Rollins: “I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone.”
I’d challenge any man to not feel liberated by these words.
The Master Of Remodelling
When talking about reinvention, it’s essential to look at the influence of one person in particular. A man who helped shape the world’s perception of identity transformation, simply through constantly transforming himself. We are, of course, talking about the musical legend that is David Bowie.
Having first caught the attention of the British public in 1969 with a song called Space Oddity and his slight hippy style, he re-emerged a few years later during the glam rock era as his now iconic, androgynous alter ego, Ziggy Stardust. Complete with pale skin, fire red hair, an almost skeletal frame and a lightning bolt painted across his face; the master of reinvention had well and truly arrived.
After ‘killing off’ this flamboyant character, Bowie continuously altered his image throughout his career. He went from a blonde-haired commercial superstar, to underground electronic-minimalist living in Berlin; as well as countless other transformations.
Most recently he surprised the world by releasing his first record in a decade, The Next Day, which he had been working on in secrecy. This coincided with the hugely successful David Bowie Is exhibition, which took place in London over the summer.
OK, we know what you’re thinking. That’s all very well for a successful music artist who has used his reinventions as part of his stage persona, but how does that relate to the average guy on the street? Well, it’s all about taking elements of this dramatic end-and-then-begin-again strategy to keep your own style fresh and exciting.
A Revolving Wardrobe
When it comes to your style, reinvention will help keep things interesting. Nobody wants to be pigeon-holed as a ‘one trick pony’, so why not inject some excitement into your new season wardrobe? There’s only one rule: try something new for you.
Are you a city slicker who sticks to monochrome? It may sound cliché, but adding a splash of colour to your working wardrobe will reignite your confidence in the boardroom and banish the boredom in getting dressed.
If you aren’t ready for a colour-block suit, dip your toes into this trend and opt for some fun and quirky socks for a subtle take on the look: