Something that makes you feel confident and beautiful is never out of style.
Great style is all about self-expression, so the easiest way to look and feel fabulous is by merely being yourself. Sometimes, being authentic is easier said than done. You were born with a unique fingerprint, hair, skin, and eye color, along with a point of view that makes the world more interesting with you in it. So why be anyone else?
STYLE IS A WAY TO SAY WHO YOU ARE WITHOUT HAVING TO SPEAK.
And why exactly is this important? The impact of personal style goes far beyond making a good first impression; great style is also about approaching each day with confidence, and the ability to feel legitimately beautiful in what we are wearing. Believe it or not, the right wardrobe can make a difference in that department.
In terms of your wardrobe, we want you to know what you like, understand what looks good on you, and how to shop. So when you find the right piece to add to your closet, you exclaim, “This is so me! “Of course, there’s no step-by-step guide to follow that will leave you with a distinctive style all your own. But some ideas will lead you toward a unique, individual fashion sense. To define or refine your style this year, try out these tips!
1. INSPECT YOUR CURRENT WARDROBE
Open your wardrobe and lay down your clothes. Inspect your likes and dislikes of what you prefer to wear the most, what colors you usually wear, and why? Do you prefer prints or plain? Heavy or light clothing? Once you determine this, you can start looking for pieces that have similar features.
Even if you aren’t all too happy with the state of your wardrobe right now, chances are you own at least a couple of individual pieces that you do like. An easy, fail-proof way to start upgrading your wardrobe and how you dress is to use those pieces as the starting point.
2. WATCH AND OBSERVE.
Start your style process by gathering sources of inspiration. This can come from anywhere like friends, celebrities, brands; you name it. At this point, don’t worry about organizing or evaluating your choices; just collect fashion ideas that you gravitate towards.
Make mental notes about the specific pieces and looks that you are drawn toward. Are they more masculine or feminine? Are the colors bright or muted? Is there a vintage or modern vibe to the looks you like?
Find an outfit on Pinterest or on a fashion blog that you could imagine wearing for one of your regular day-to-day activities, for example, to work or on the weekends. Then, use your clothes to replicate that outfit as closely as possible, or go into a store and try stuff on.
3. GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE.
We often feel nervous about wearing outfits that are out of the norm. We wonder, “What if people think I look weird?” or “What if this outfit is too out there?” These insecurities are normal when stepping outside of your comfort zone. But know that there is a fine line between really disliking something and just being afraid of something new.
The style should make you feel good about yourself, so if it’s just that you think it’s too much for you, give yourself the freedom to try it out.
The single most important thing when developing your style is to be true to yourself. Don’t focus on the size or the designer label (this will only hinder your creativity!). Continue to experiment with different patterns, textures, accessories, and shoes.
4. WEAR YOUR COLORS.
Our choice of color defines us who we are. Some of us like bright colors, and some of us like dark and monotone shades. You want your style to reflect your personality. If you are the kind of person who likes to wear black then, you do you! It’s not a bad thing to rely on a signature staple.
There’s a reason your closet has an excess of a certain color. You purchase these items again and again because they make you feel happy and comfortable.
Choose a color palette, or mix and match what looks good to you. Try to wear at least one piece of clothing or accessory each day with that color; ties, scarves, and bags are a good way to add a pop of color to your outfit.
5. YOUR SIZE DOESN’T MATTER, CONFIDENCE DOES.
Please, get out of that squeeze-into-the-smallest-size mindset because a number shouldn’t make you confident—how you feel in your skin does. And when you feel your best, you stand taller, smile wider, and people will notice. Learn to go with the flow of what God gave you.
6. CONSIDER YOUR LIFESTYLE AND GOALS.
Think about the different types of clothing you need for various situations in your life. Write down all of the different social and professional situations you find yourself in during a typical week. There will be different kinds of outfits for different activities, like going to work, going shopping, exercising, partying, etc. The perfect wardrobe should not only represent your vision and creativity but also be tailored to your lifestyle.
7. HAVE FUN!
Many of us have developed such a phobia of being judged by the “fashion police” that we play it safe and stay stuck in a style rut. So don’t take yourself too seriously. Each outfit is a chance to experiment with your style, unleash your inner child, and express your soul. Screw the fashion police. Go ahead; make yourself smile.
8. TRUST THE PROCESS.
You need to realize that the road to find your unique style is going to be the one that requires a lot of patience. It’s a trial and error process. Above all, remember that personal style is a journey, not a destination. Your look should evolve with time, reflecting your growth and experiences along the way. You’ll change and learn throughout your life, so relax, embrace the changes, and let your fashion choices reflect your growth.
SOME MORE WAYS TO GATHER INSPIRATION AND EXPLORE YOUR STYLE
CREATE A PINTEREST BOARD.
Pinterest boards can be the best source of inspiration. Pin the images and outfits that most resonate with you. It is a great way to categorize your likes and dislikes and have your ideas organized.
Create a list of your five favorite celebs or bloggers, do a quick search on each of them. Fashion bloggers and influencers are a great source of inspiration. They know and create trends. Follow people whose style resonates with yours and hones your senses. Follow some fashion blogs, flip through the occasional fashion magazine, or watch the Met Gala’s highlights.
ASK FOR HELP.
Don’t be afraid to take the help of a professional if you can afford it. Even without a stylist, there are a lot of people who know more than you and can help you make better decisions. Visit a department store or your favorite boutique and ask for advice and opinions from the sales associates and stylists. They know what they’re doing!
THE IMPORTANCE OF ACCESSORIES.
Accessories complete the look and provide your outfit with a sense of identity. You can make every outfit look new just by changing the kind of accessories. Shoes, bags, hats, glasses help you create your signature look.
EMBRACE IMPULSE BUYS.
Sometimes, when we are shopping or when we are going through a website, our eyes are attracted to specific stuff only. If the pull feels strong enough and you can afford it, pull the trigger on the purchase. Your style is mostly intuitive, not rational. So let your intuition speak.
Finding (and refining) personal style can be a struggle; we’re the first to admit it. We’ve all been there at least once, if not multiple times, as we gaze into our closet full of clothes and need something for the post-graduation to professional transition (so, platform sandals don’t work in an office?), landing the big promotion, we’ve worked so hard for, etc.
Style doesn’t come easily for everyone, and that’s OK. Not having a distinct sense of style is nothing to be ashamed of, but despite popular belief, fashion is not so much innate as something you can learn over time—if you so desire.