Jan 15, 2021
Being an original is about finding yourself and staying true to it — whether it’s what you say, stand for or wear. In this series, we’ll be meeting these kinds of truly authentic originals, who carry the spirit of Barbour International and wear the Badge of An Original wherever life takes them.
In this blog, we chatted with style YouTuber Dillan (aka @stylebydillan), who uses his platform to show people how to find their feet with fashion, with the belief that when you look good you feel good.
Passion from an early age
I have always been interested in fashion. Growing up I would get a lot of people complimenting my style and asking me for style advice. After a nudge from a friend, I decided to start my own Instagram page where I showcased my outfits and style. I got good feedback and traction which motivated me to carry on and post more. I think before people start these ventures; we are always hesitant because we are wary of what other people will think. I definitely was! But I had a good response and slowly over time became more confident in front of the camera.
Making an impact
There are a few things I hope that my channel brings people. Naturally, I would like to think it helps on how to dress. But I also hope it gives men the confidence to dress how they like.
One thing I get a lot is, “you can pull that off, but I can’t because of XYZ”. I don’t believe in this at all. I think style is something everyone has. It doesn't matter how tall you are, what colour your skin is or what type of physique you have. I would like to think my page inspires people to dress better and try new things without worrying that they can’t pull something off.
Being an original
To me, being a true original means that you are true to yourself and those around you. You don’t try and be something you aren’t, and you don’t hide who you are. I think in this social media world it is easy to try to be someone you aren’t because you think it will help you get somewhere or give you some personal gain, but in the end, you will always get found out.
Having fun with it
I like to try different styles and I don’t just dress in one kind of way all the time. Something that I try to show through my content is that mixing and matching different things in your wardrobe to constantly create new looks, without always having to buy new clothes (which is good for your bank account and the environment!).
Finding your style
My advice would be to have fun with your fashion. As I mentioned before a lot of men tend to think they can’t wear certain things because they can’t pull them off. You can pull off anything if you believe you can. A lot of that stems from not liking the potential judgement you get from others, but you’ll find that a lot of the time other people are the same. That jacket that you were afraid to wear because you think it is too bold, I bet if you do wear it everyone will love it!
Clothes with history
One of my favourite memories of Barbour International is a birthday I had when I was a lot younger. One of my uncles bought me a quilted Barbour Jacket, and I remember how happy I was when I opened it. The way the jacket looked and felt was so good, I absolutely loved it!
Whenever I think of Barbour International I always think of history and quality. When you buy from Barbour International you know the pieces are going to last a long time and you will get really good value.
Making your mark
As a British-Indian having a fashion Instagram/YouTube is not something that you see regularly — it was even rarer back in 2016 when I started. So, I would like to think I have inspired others who have passions not just in fashion but in anything, to follow that passion and share it with the world.
An attitude for life
The mantra you will see on my socials is ‘look good, feel good’. I truly believe that when you look good it brings a different energy to a person, it makes you confident, happy and ready to take on the world.
I’m also a strong believer in the famous quote by Jim Rohn; “you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”. I have a very tight-knit friend circle and we are all very similar. Having loving and supporting people that are the same as you are so important and underestimated by many. If your friends don’t push you and support the things you want to achieve, then maybe they shouldn’t be your friends.