We all want to look good and, more importantly, feel good. That’s where your personal style comes in. It should be comfortable. It should be effortless. It should be easy. It should be you.
But sometimes it’s hard; like when you stand in front of your closet and realize you have nothing to wear. We’ve all been there. You want to look nice but feel like you need to go buy a new outfit first. Or maybe you’re transitioning from college clothes into the workforce and your wardrobe needs an update. Regardless, life is constantly changing and we need to understand our style and be able to make adjustments.
Because personal style goes beyond pulling the perfect outfit out of your closet. It’s about making a great first impression and conquering each day with confidence. And personal style goes beyond just wardrobe; it’s played out in your home, too. When you really understand what you like and what makes you feel good, you will know you’ve found your own personal style.
In terms of wardrobe, you need to understand what you really like – and what looks good on you. Then you’ll know how to shop using a personal style that is all your own.
So, to get you started, I am going to share my 3 top ways to help you find your own personal style.
First, use advertising for inspiration. Yes, advertising. Every day you see advertisements of shops trying to get you to come in and buy from them. Billboards, magazines, emails, etc. When you see something you like, snap a picture of it or make a note. Later, review your closet and see if you have anything similar or anything to pair it with. Sometimes just adding one piece can give you a whole new look.
For example, I got an email from a popular mid-prices store asking me to come and shop that day and enjoy free shipping. I went to the website and found a section with outfits that had already been put together. Now, while I wasn’t in love with the whole outfit, it gave me and idea of how I could wear something I already had in a new way. They inspired me to add a floral t-shirt to a pair of white jeans I already had and voila! a new outfit for Spring for the cost of a t-shirt!
Second, use TV Show and movies. The next time you are watching your favorite show just pay attention to what the characters are wearing; see if there is anything that catches your eye. Sometimes you’ll see an outfit that’s not totally your style but you might get some ideas for a new outfit or even a new color combination.
For example, I was watching a show the other night and saw a beautiful suit with a lace top. Now, I don’t have they type of lifestyle where I need to wear a suit, but it got me thinking about adding a lace top to some cute black pants I already have. It’s a simple way to incorporate something that is on-trend right now into my wardrobe – without actually going out and buying a whole new outfit.
The third way to hone your personal style is to follow style blogs. A great way to find style blogs you like is to go online and check out Blogger or even Pinterest. You can also find great style inspiration on Instagram by typing in the search bar key words that align with you tastes and/or size.
For example, I have a few fashion bloggers that I follow that email me an outfit idea. The cool thing is that they also give you sources for the pieces (usually in inexpensive, moderate and splurge levels). I don’t always love the outfit but it gets me thinking outside my own style box exposing me to trends and fun color combinations I might not have considered. And don’t be discouraged if you see more that you don’t like; because knowing what you don’t like is as important and knowing what you do like!
And don’t underestimate fit; the way your clothing fits as you go through your day has a lot to do with feeling confident. Be sensitive to that when you are trying on clothes and don’t be hung up on the size on the label. You must go for comfort and fit; you need to feel great in your clothes.
The most important thing while developing your own personal style is to be true to yourself. Start honing in on what you like/don’t like. Go ahead and experiment with styles, textures and patterns. Have fun mixing colors you love. Add some funky shoes or a bold accessory. But be you. Because a huge part of your personal style is confidence and feeling beautiful.
One of my favorite quotes is “Style is staying who you are without having to speak” (by Rachel Zoe). We all want to look and feel good; and nothing looks better or feels better than confidence. Inner beauty never goes out of style!