Finding (or Discovering) Your Personal Style
"Fashions fade, style is eternal." —Yves Saint Laurent
One of the most important things to understand about style is that it is not necessarily synonymous with fashion. Personal style is about self-expression through clothing rather than absorbing trends and blindly following them. While finding your style is a journey that will take some time, here are the tricks to keep in mind.
Turn to your closet
While it can be exciting to go on a shopping spree and buy a bunch of new clothes, that is not a reason to disappoint your bank account. First, turn to the clothes you already own. Surely, there will be some items that bring you joy. Set them aside and think about what they have in common. How do they make you feel? Why do you enjoy wearing them? These answers will be the outline for your future purchases.
Whether it is your family members, coworkers, or just a blogger you recently discovered on Instagram, there are quite a few people to turn to for fashion advice and inspiration. What do you like most about their style? You might notice certain colors, item combinations, or accessories that speak to you, so feel free to add them to your outfits and see if they work for you.
Choose your palette
One of the most important things about finding your style is knowing what colors work for you. Depending on your skin tone and undertones, some shades can wash you out (you can read more about it here). While it is great to know your clothes make you look great, it is also easier to match items if they follow a similar color scheme.
Create a capsule wardrobe
The beauty of a capsule wardrobe is that you always have something to wear, all the items match, and you don’t have to worry about outfits in the morning. Choose items of basic colors (black, white, beige, or gray) and classic silhouettes, which will always work together. Classic pants, high-waisted skinny jeans, and some basic sweaters and T-shirts are a great place to start.
Don’t be afraid of change
Once you know what stable pieces work for you, do not be afraid to shake things up with a little extra color, a fun pattern, or a unique silhouette. Do not take yourself and your clothing too seriously: if something is not working out, you can just take it off at the end of the day and forget it. When a new interesting trend comes along, try it out but do not make it your entire personality.
If you feel like it, do not be afraid of changing up your personal style every now and again. At the same time, do not feel pressured to do so by the ever-changing fashion trends. It is always best to know what clothes make you feel and look great and experiment with details if you’re in the mood.