What Is Your Personal Style?
Posted on July 23 2018
Have you ever wondered? Perhaps you have tried to find your personal style only to become baffled by all the choices we are given by the fashion industry, every season. We all have our own style though. It may be an interesting mix of a few different styles or we may like one particular style with a few interesting pieces from other styles thrown in. Something else that can often happen is that we change over the years, although the likelihood is that there are still certain styles you prefer over others.
So, how do you find your personal style, where you are in life right now? Let us help.
- Seek inspiration
First of all, you need to get an idea of what you like, and what you don’t like. You could start with doing a search on Pinterest, Google or Instagram for style icons. Save these images, perhaps on your own ‘Personal Style’ pinterest board. (Keep it secret, if you like). As you find outfits that resonate with you, you will begin to see a pattern emerge.
- Label it
Take a look over the board you have created and see if you can characterise the outfits. Pick a few words to describe the vibe of the looks. Are they ladylike, modern, edgy, bohemian, or classic? Settle on a handful of words that feel true to your style, and write them down for future reference, as they will help you clarify and define your look.
- Keep a record
Loving your outfit today? Take a photo of it for future reference. These are the outfits you feel most yourself and comfortable in and will serve you as inspiration for future spin-off outfits.
- Take note of repeat offenders
Have a closet full of striped tees? There’s a reason your closet has an excess of a certain item. You purchase these items again and again because they make you happy and feel comfortable. They are your style sweet spot, if you will. As long as the item is flattering and works for your current style, there’s no reason not to have a few.
- Identify the odd piece out
Take a hard look at your closet and notice the piece or two that doesn’t fit with the overall vibe. Is there a bohemian embroidered blouse among a sea of collared button-up shirts? That’s your outlier. Chances are, your odd piece out symbolises a style you like, but aren’t fully comfortable trying. If this is the case and you’re aiming to evolve your look or try something new, consider going after pieces that feel more like that odd piece out. You could also try the look on in bite-size by trying accessories first rather than big ticket items to see if it feels agreeable.
- Recognise your strengths
Is there something people often compliment you on? Whether it’s your skin tone, your legs or a certain colour you wear, clothes that play up your best assets always looks stylish, no matter what is currently trendy and will help to make you feel confident and positive.
- Shop smarter
Next time you go shopping, revisit your Pinterest inspiration board first. Likely there are certain item themes, and specific items you’ll need to re-create the looks you admire. Make a list of the items you don’t already have, and take it with you (or just keep it next to your computer while shopping online). Stick to your list so you won’t be tempted to stray and pick up another impulse buy. If you only purchase to fill the holes in your wardrobe, you’ll build a great selection of clothes much faster.
- Be authentic
Trust your instinct! Wear what makes you feel like the best version of yourself. You will grow to understand what feels right and what doesn’t, embrace that instinct, and refine it, don’t fight it. And don’t focus on designer labels or the size, this will hinder your creativity. Experiment with different patterns, textures and accessories and see what works for you. Before long, your style will reflect who you are and who you want to be. A celebration of your individuality and personality.