Personal style is an ever-evolving, almost elusive concept. Some people manage to find their personal style at a very young age, others never do. Being fickle doesn’t exactly help, but there are few tips and tricks you can follow to get one step closer to finding your personal style:
1. Get inspired. Walk the Earth with open eyes, and find inspiration from people on the street, fellow bloggers, models, celebrities, vintage shops, the seasons, fashion editorials in magazines…you name it. Inspiration can be found anywhere, any time. Make a screenshot of Instagram pictures that inspire you, take pictures of actual street style, and rip inspirational pages out of magazines. This will not only make it easier to pinpoint your own personal style, but it can also act as guidance when you feel uninspired and don’t know what to wear.
2. Highlight your best features. Try to dress according to your body shape and accentuate those parts of your body, you are most proud of. Finding out what cuts and silhouettes suit you best will make it so much easier and less frustrating to shop for clothing – online and offline.
3. Be the best version of yourself. Trust your gut, and wear whatever makes you feel like the best version of yourself. Don’t force yourself into stilettos if you’d rather wear sneakers, stick to fabrics that feel good on your skin, and never wear clothes that make you feel self-conscious. If in doubt, use your favourite pieces of clothing as a baseline when shopping for new looks.
4. Think out of the box and experiment. There are no rules in fashion, and it’s perfectly fine to look at old pictures, and think that you must have been out of your mind to leave the house like that. Just because you feel like wearing nothing else but black one season, doesn’t mean you can’t inject some colour in your wardrobe the next…even if you regret it later. As I said above, personal style is pretty elusive and always changing, just like us. Give your wardrobe the chance to change with you, and you’ll always feel comfortable in the clothes you are wearing.
5. Don’t follow every trend. Trust your instincts when it comes to trends. Ask yourself the following questions before you buy a trend item: would I buy this if it wasn’t on trend right now? Will I continue wearing this once the trend has passed? Does it work well with the rest of my wardrobe? Can I make this work for my body type? If the answer to any of those questions is “No”, don’t follow the trend. Only stick to those trends you can fully endorse.
6. Buy basics. Stock up on basics that you can mix and match with trendier pieces to keep things topical and prevent your wardrobe from overflowing. Personal style needs to start somewhere, and it usually isn’t a wild mix of different trends. Things like tank tops, jeans, turtlenecks, blouses, heels, sneakers, the little black dress, a biker jacket, etc. in colours and styles of your choosing are good starting points of every stylish wardrobe.