One of the most difficult aspects of fashion is finding your own clothing style.
This article’s title is also somewhat ambitious. I am completely aware of the situation. Let’s say it’ll be a try.
Trends, celebrities, people around you and what they think, the media, all influence you, and in the end, you don’t know what to think or where to begin.
When you read a research article on the subject, they advise you to think about the clothes you enjoy. Are you more traditional or avant-garde?
I usually assume that if you knew, you wouldn’t be looking into it.
So, in this article, I’d want to provide you with actual advice to assist you in the process of finding your clothing or fashion style, specifically six steps.
In case you’re wondering, I’d utilize a strategy that’s pretty similar for both men and women. But this is a story about women.
Let’s get started.
Know Your Body Type
First and foremost, you must determine your body type before beginning your search.
If you don’t understand this, you’ll end up with clothes you don’t want to wear and that make you feel bad.
However, you will have no idea why they aren’t working.
If you’ve read any of my articles on body types, you already know what type you are. If you’re not sure, look through this website to see what your body shape is.
Find Your Uniform
It’s a simple look that you enjoy wearing, but it’s not something you’d wear at home on weekends.
It must take into account your personal and professional lives.
If you work in business, for example, at a huge corporation, your uniform will be much more formal than if you work in the creative industry.
Fashion designers frequently wear “uniforms.” They wear the same style every day of the year because it’s their style and it’s working for them.
With shoes, accessories, make-up, and other items, the uniform may be dressed up or down in an infinite number of ways.
That’s what I’m talking about when I say uniform, and that’s exactly what you need and want.
Find one individual, preferably a celebrity, who has your body type and whose clothes you would like to wear.
It’s easier if the individual is alive today rather than dead, because you’ll be able to discover pictures for inspiration. It will be less difficult than if you use someone from several decades ago.
However, if you have an hourglass body shape, you may discover that the beauty ideal from the 1950s fits you better, thus you will see more examples from the 1950s.
Taking a celebrity has the advantage of making it easy to collect pictures. However, if you choose Marilyn Monroe, you’ll be left with the same 10 pictures that everyone knows and has seen before, making you appear as if you’re attempting to imitate her because the reference is too clear.
So I’d suggest going with someone less well-known or someone you know and can talk with. It’s even more straightforward to obtain suggestions and thoughts.
Once you’ve decided on a person, gather pictures and try to get a helicopter view. Consider how you could sum up that style in three words.
Those three words will be your guidance from now on. Whatever you buy every time you go shopping has to match those three words.
Define Your Color Palette
To do so, you must first determine whether your undertone is warm or cool.
Then choose colors that you like and that you believe would make you look beautiful and healthy. Both are required for the color to be qualified for use in your palette.
I’d begin with neutrals. For example, black or navy, white or beige/cream, brown or grey, and so on. After that, I’d add up to five different hues.
Prints are added on top of it, and they’re usually made up of more colors, so the wardrobe is already vibrant.
That should suffice as a starting point.
Remember that you can choose the intensity of your hues as well. It denotes if the hue is pure blue or blended with white or black, whether it is bright or dull. You have a lot of options.
There are many various shades of blue, not just one. In that exercise, you must be quite specific, and you must locate the blue that works best for you; this will be one of your colors.
Gather all of those colors in one place; they can be colored shapes, clothing, or pictures; put everything together.
Take one photo and keep it with you while shopping. Compare what you buy to this image to ensure the blue is the blue you want and the grey is the grey you want. This will prevent you from purchasing items that appear to match the color scheme but do not.
Fit and Shapes
This is a critical category. You should construct a little list to serve as a guideline.
For instance, what length skirts do you prefer and feel good in? Do you prefer a skin-tight fit, fitted in the correct spots, or boxy? The answer to that question will have an impact on the types of fabrics you lean toward.
Do you like solid colors or prints, stripes, and patterns? Do not feel obligated to attempt something just because everyone else is doing it.
The most crucial question is always whether or not it will fit my body.
Accessories and Shoes
They are often overlooked, but they may drastically style the look of your uniform.
An example of a question could be if the accessories are large or small. Do you like a single standout piece or a mix of accessories, including jewelry? Do you prefer your shoes to be eye-catching, color-blocking, or making their own statement, or should they match your outfit?
I can speak for myself; my clothing consists primarily of black, neutral, and muted colors, but my shoes are frequently brightly colored, which I enjoy.
Now that you’ve gathered all of your ideas, pictures, and other materials, the question is: how do I keep them all in one place so that I can utilize them as shopping guidelines when I need them?
Normally, I’d use Pinterest. Everything you like and see should be pinned.
Pin it if you’re not sure; you can always erase it later. Think of it as a living document. Having everything on one page makes it much easier to reflect on what you like later. When everything is on one page, it’s a lot easier to compare.
Remove anything you don’t absolutely love, and you could only have 20 pictures left at the end.
Make sure all 20 pictures will fit on one screen. Make a screenshot and carry it shopping with you.
If you have more than one style icon, you can arrange them all on one board and compare what they have in common.
You’ll also get your three words. It’s just a lot simpler to see.
Pinterest has the advantage of being similar to your personal style. Your style will continue to evolve, and new visuals will be added while others will be removed. All of this is a part of the process.
Your style self-confidence will increase as you practice more.
It’s worth noting that I didn’t include trend as a factor in finding your clothing/fashion style. Trends are only ideas; your personal style is far more important.