We all want to look great in what we wear, am I right?! I know I like to accentuate my long legs, mainly to draw some attention away from my short torso, haha. So, when you aren’t sure what your personal style is, or what items to grab when you are shopping, where do you begin?
I have come up with a few tips to help you find a starting point in being able to create your own personal style.
Hopefully, with a little inspiration and practice, you’ll be able to run through the aisles of a store and instantly decide what stays on the rack, and what comes to the fitting room with you!
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Keep, Donate, Toss
Clothes hoarding (v.) A potentially dangerous habit shared by myself and a few fellow fashionistas.
You don’t need to keep a sweater that you have had since 2004. Or a pair of shoes that may or may not come back into style in a decade or so.
First things first, go into your closet and take a look at what you have already got. This may take some time, but it is WORTH IT, and it is the first step to really nailing down a personal style.
Make three piles. One for clothes that you have worn in the last six months to a year, and intend to keep. One for clothes that you feel like you could donate (and this is a GREAT time of year for that because there are many organizations needing clothes of all sizes for families in need), and one for clothes that are torn and stained…pretty much beyond repair.
A few pointers. If you bought something expensive that you plan to wear to a thing and the “thing” has not occurred in the last several years, donate the item. Don’t hang onto pieces simply because you spent a good amount of money on them. They are still taking up room in your closet, and you probably won’t wear them.
Donate or throw out items that were fads, and don’t fit in with current trends. They probably won’t be emerging back in the style scene anytime soon.
If you have several of one item, such as a plaid button down shirt, a printed cardigan, or a ballet flat type shoe, consider donating the extras. Unless they are staples in your wardrobe. Things like belts, blazers, jeans, shoes for the office, etc can stay, if they are worn frequently and can be paired with different things.
Pinterest is our new best friend. How did people survive without it?! How did WE survive without it!! Hop onto Pinterest and create a board specifically for your new style aspirations.
Consider your body type, and whether you opt for comfort or cuteness when it comes down to it. Thigh high boots are cute, but girl they are NOT comfortable. So you’ve got to know what pieces are more in the category that you choose.
Also keep in mind the items that you have opted to keep in your closet, and what new pieces might pair up with what you have already got.
Take a look at magazines that you have got lying around, and watch a couple of episodes of What Not To Wear. Careful, though, It’s addicting 😉
Once you feel that you have gotten a nice amount of material saved up in your memory and on your Pinterest board, look for a trend in the items that you have selected. Do you see several pairs of chic pumps? A few pairs of boyfriend jeans with a t-shirt casually tucked in? Gemstone colors or more natural tones? Athleisure wear?
Chances are, whatever seems to be trending in your picks is something that you are interested in incorporating into your wardrobe. You are off to a good start!
Consider Your Day-to-Day
Now, if you are like me, and are sitting on your couch with a two pair of fuzzy socks on (yes, I said two), your hair is up in a ponytail, and you have a baby smearing Teddy Grahams into your pant leg, well then…you probably are not the type to wear a white satin shirt tucked neatly into a pencil skirt, and red high heels to add a pop of color, haha 🙂
Consider what you do on a day to day basis. I might wear that pencil skirt on the weekend when we go to dinner, but the point is that I need more comfy clothes that are durable than I do business attire.
If you are working in an office, or are in heels all day long…spend your shopping money there. With a good pair of heels, you get what you pay for, sister. Don’t go cheap on staple pieces.
If you are working in a gym or a health club, athletic shoes and a great selection of workout wear that is interchangeable is where you should put the majority of your shopping funds.
Basically, if you spend money on pieces that you will only wear on special occasions, or that you intend to wear some day…you will end up back at step one. Cleaning out the closet. Shop and dress for your lifestyle and you will spend less money in the end and wind up with a closet that is far less cluttered.
Once you have decided what you are looking for, get out there and have some fun! Or sit in the comfort of your home and click away on the computer, but I would really recommend going to an actual brick and mortar location to try on clothes when you are trying to decide on a personal style. You’ll need to find out what looks best on your body.
Grab things that are similar to what you have seen in your search for inspiration, and get comfy in the dressing room. Take in several items that can be paired together and then switch and change them out. You will be able to save money if you can invest in several base pieces that can be worn with different outfits.
For example, a well-made neutral camisole and a great pair of jeans can be dressed up or dressed down to match with any casual occasion.
A pair of high-heeled boots can be worn with a long dress, or a knee-length skirt, and can also pair perfectly with dark wash jeans, a shimmery camisole, and a well tailored blazer.
And, like I discussed in the above section, definitely be ready to invest in those interchangeable items. They will often be worn, can usually transition from a day at the office to a night on the town, and if you pay a little more, they are probably going to be made better than the things that you can get by with spending less on.
I have a brown, leather pair of boots that I wear with dresses, leggings, frilly boot socks, jeans, and skirts. And they were worth every penny, because they are a go-to piece in my wardrobe that I’m confident will look good with everything!
Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize
Sorry. I couldn’t stress it enough. Accessories are the key to any great outfit. Even on days like today when I am holed up in my house with nowhere to go, I wear my rose gold studs, and then I don’t feel so void of sparkle 🙂
You can take an outfit from bland to amazing with just a few pieces of jewelry.
My opinion here is that it is completely reliant upon your personal style as far as how much or how little accessorizing you do.
I personally can seldom see out the windshield of my car because of the glare of all the sparkles shining back at me in the sunlight, But that’s just me 🙂
For a chic, minimalist look, a small pair of gold studs and a delicate gold chain can be just the thing. A modern, bohemian trend could be leather earrings with primitive beads, and a wrist full of leather and beaded bracelets.
Classic is always a safe choice if you feel that you are leaning more in that direction, and that could be any number of things from small, diamond (cubic zirconium works great too 😉 ) studs, to a nude or red lip, to a pendant necklace. I have to admit, not many things look better than a classic black dress and silver jewelry with a red lip and soft curls.
You do You!
Absolutely do not worry about following a fad, or trying to conform to what others are wearing and doing. The funnest thing about fashion is getting to make it your own!
Now, of course, if you are under a dress code or rules and regulations, by all means you should follow that. But there are still things that you can do to make yourself stand out, or express your own personal style!
I can’t remember what life was like before I discovered bold lip colors. And sparkly things. Even when minimalism became a thing, I sparkled and wore my bold red, or bright pink lip. Because that’s me.
There are so many styles out there, that you can tailor make one for yourself, and I think that you can really enjoy being able to put pieces together that represent who you are, and what you like.
Don’t be afraid to stand out!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this article, and I thank you for stopping by!
If you have any questions, comments, or opinions about personal style, feel free to leave them below! I’d love to hear from you!
Have a blessed and beautiful day!