How to Find Your Personal Style

how to find your personal style

Here, I’d want to discuss how you can find your own personal style.

Before I go into my suggestions, I’d like to point out that style is defined by how you wear an item rather than what you’re wearing.

As long as you keep that in mind as you go through this process, I believe you’ll be able to develop a truly unique personal style.

So, without further ado, let’s get started with my first tip.

Get Inspired

My first piece of advice is to be inspired.

Take in as much inspiration as you can, whether from Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube videos, magazines, blogs, or random strangers. Everywhere you come across a style that you adore.

Take particular note of why you like it and the elements that go together to create those looks.

Look for Pinterest boards with pins based on a specific item, for example. It might be only for white t-shirts or only for jeans.

I’ve discovered that doing so allows me to pinpoint exactly what I enjoy about each item. And then also how it is styled.

Along the same lines, you’ll want to pay extra attention to what you appreciate about each outfit as you’re pinning and collecting inspiration from all over. That extends beyond simple statements like, “Oh, I really like that purple sweater.”

You’ll want to keep track of why you enjoy it: is it because it’s slouchy, because it’s fitting, because it’s paired with a loose or tight bottom?

These kinds of things will really help you figure out what it is about a particular style that appeals to you.

Because, as I stated at the beginning, it’s how you wear something, not what you’re wearing, that determines your own style.

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Get Rid of the Clutter

The second thing I’m going to do is call your wardrobe.

I talk a lot about decluttering your closet and getting rid of things you don’t wear.

Essentially, you’ll want to go through and sort your clothing using your freshly obtained inspiration and the direction you think you want to take your own style.

Make sure you’re left with only the items that you believe will represent your new personal style.

Don’t get rid of anything unless you’re very certain what it is. Simply place them in a bag, container, or suitcase and store them for a while.

That way, you won’t have to go out and buy new items to replace the ones you’ve already gotten rid of, especially if you had perfectly decent stuff to begin with.

Plan Your Looks

You want to go for your own particular style now that you have a well-curated wardrobe and a wealth of ideas. With those eyes, you’ll want to look in your closet.

Take some of the photographs from the beginning that inspired you and try to recreate some of those looks using the items you already have.

You’ll want to wear those outfits once you have them.

Put it into practice in your daily life by wearing them to work, on weekends, and wherever else your life takes you.

Make an effort to include those components into your daily routine.

That way, you can see if your personal style is more aspirational and hence difficult to incorporate into your daily life.

Or if you’re getting closer to something you can utilize on a regular basis.

Assess The Situation Honestly

Now that you’ve done that, you should have a clear notion of what you enjoy, what you don’t like, what suits your lifestyle, and the silhouettes that you think fit best with your own lifestyle and make you feel good. ​

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You want to look and feel fantastic in your outfit!

Try not to get too wrapped up with what you believe you should be wearing while you’re doing it.

For example, in contemporary society, we spend a lot of time focusing on what you should wear based on your body type, height, hair color, eye color, and skin tone.

I completely disagree with that viewpoint.

In the end, I believe you should wear whatever makes you feel good.

Suppose you have an hourglass figure. That doesn’t mean you have to draw attention to your waist all of the time. That doesn’t rule out the possibility of wearing a tunic.

You are free to wear whatever you choose as long as it feels truly you.

So, regardless of how tall, short, or built you are, if you prefer skinny jeans and a looser-fitting shirt, go for it.

Feel free to wear whatever makes you happy.

Personalize It

You should now have an excellent notion of the silhouettes, styles, and colors that you want.

You’re on the verge of discovering your own personal style.

Now comes the exciting part. That’s something you’ll want to customize.

Whatever it is, whether it’s silk scarves, bright earrings or bracelets, or minimalist accessories, try to hone in on how to wear items that truly feel like you.

For example, I adore statement jewelry and scarves, so I try to incorporate one of those items into almost every look I put up since it simply doesn’t feel like me without them.

So, if you’re the polar opposite and don’t care for a lot of jewelry or accessories, that’ll be your personal statement.

You’ll dress in very simple outfits, and it will become who you are and what people connect with you when they see you.

Select a Uniform

At this point, you should have a good idea of what you want to wear and why.

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What you’re going to do now is set aside some “uniforms” that are uniquely you, that define your distinctive style, and that you can wear over and over.

Basic tops, basic jeans, and other outfit combinations fall within this category.

But don’t overlook the importance of hair and makeup in determining your particular style.

A simple striped blouse, some basic jeans, and ballet flats or ankle booties, for example, might easily be one of your go-to uniforms. And then a bold red lips.

In your personal uniform, that can become your personal style.

A simple black dress and slides can do the trick just as well.

Re-evaluate

Now that you’ve completed all of this, you should have a good idea of your personal style.

All you have to do is reevaluate on a regular basis.

Let’s assume your own style is one thing today; that doesn’t mean it will be the same five years from now, two years from now, or even a year from now.

As people, we’re always changing, and our life experiences, as well as where we are in our lives and what we’re doing, are always changing.

So don’t feel obligated to stick to one appearance for the rest of your life. Finally, fashion should be enjoyable, and your own style should reflect who you are at the time.

That concludes my ideas for developing your personal style. I sincerely hope you found this information useful.

Consider the path you’ve taken to develop your personal style; are you as adaptable as I am? Have you nailed down exactly what you believe you enjoy, or are you still in limbo?

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  • Gloria is a top-performing fashion designer with more than eight years of experience in developing fashion concepts.

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