Everyone has a ‘signature’ style whether they realise it or not. I know that phrase gets thrown around a lot but what does it actually mean? Have you ever walked into a shop with a friend and they pick something up saying ‘that’s so you?’ It’s as simple as that. It’s the fashion style you’re perceived under. Fashion in this day and age is heavily influenced by the top A lister celebrities and those talented top designers. I myself, could check out pictures of Olivia Palermo‘s style all day everyday. She makes the most basic things glamorous, which I one day aspire to do.
We all do it, we lust at celebrities in magazines, seeing new trends hitting the market or simply eyeing up those mannequins already styled for us in our favourite shops. Whether you’re constantly looking for a wardrobe revamp or you want to work outside your comfort zone. First you need to understand the fundamentals. I wrote a post on 8 essential pieces that I think every woman should have in their wardrobe. When the best basics are of access, styling falls into place.
Next you need to understand your body shape & the correct way to dress for it. You don’t always have to follow the rules on this one, but it helps simplify the styling process. Finding and re-defining your personal style can be a struggle but it’s important.
The impact of personal style can for a start make a great first impression but it can also have you feeling confident and ready to take what life has to throw at you. Having good style is a way to say who you are without having to speak. Feeling great in what you wear is important. As Steve Maraboli once said “There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.”
Top Tips To Finding Your Personal Style
Jot down the names of those gorgeous girls you see in magazines, Instagram or my favourite method – Pinterest! Pinterest is an amazing platform for inspiration. I love to scope out the latest street style looks with girls rocking ruffles, clashing colours and garnished tones. Create a board on Pinterest under ‘Style Inspiration’ and begin to pin the outfits you like. When you’ve finished really focus on what they have in common. When you look at mine, it’s a very clear theme. It’s outfits I’d be comfortable wearing.
Clean up your wardrobe and clear it out. Time to toss anything that doesn’t make you feel amazing. If you haven’t worn it in 6 months, stop kidding yourself. You’re never going to wear it. Toss what you don’t need and start fresh. A really good tip for organising your wardrobe is by turning all your hangers in the opposite way around. As you take a garment out to wear hang it up with the hanger the right way in. Anything still facing backwards after 6 months, trust your gut and toss it!
Find Your Shades
Finding the right shades for you is just as important as finding the right silhouette. For me, I stick to the neutrals but there is many blog posts online all about the best colours to wear for your skin tone. If you really don’t want to experiment with colour you can add a pop of coloured lipstick for effect.
Always Take Something you like But “Isn’t You” into the Dressing Room
A change of season always pushes me to my limit with standard style. I like to experiment. While maintaining my aesthetic, I always try new pieces to see if they go with anything I own. Try experimenting with different styles, you never know what you might come across. It could be like Cinderella reunited with her shoe all over again. Slip into something you could never see yourself in and boom, it’s your new statement piece in your wardrobe. What’s the worst that can happen by just trying it on?
Build Up Your Accessories
Right now I’m all about a fresh take on accessories. Accessories can make or break an outfit especially if you’re quite a monochrome girl like me. Accessories are by far the easiest way to pull an outfit together. If you’re wearing a white cotton tee and basic black skinnies you can instantly dress yourself up by wearing an ear cuff, arm cuff or statement necklace. Add a neck scarf, or opt in for a chunky necklace with your basics or go wild with a colourful clutch to add some personality to your look.
Ask for help
When you need help with your teeth, you see a dentist. When you need help with your hair, you go to a hair dresser. It’s the exact same when it comes to style. Don’t be afraid to reach out to a professional to see what they can do for you. You can meet with a stylist to help work a wardrobe together for you or even meet with a tailor if you’re clothes fit but not the way you want them too. It’s ok to ask for a bit of help every now and again.
Trust Your Instincts
The most important thing about your style is you and how you feel. Fashion is personality. We all make it our own, we experiment, we try trends, hate trends, love trends. Continue to experiment. Work with different colours and textures. Be bold and express yourself the way you want too. And finally…
If you like something & feel good in it – WEAR IT!
I cannot begin to express the amount of times I’ve picked something up in a shop with someone saying they don’t like it. The end of the day, I don’t care. If I feel myself in something, I wear it with pride and that’s exactly what you should do too.
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