How to find your Personal Style

Summery Autumn VibesPersonal 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.

LFW Day 2 Outfit2. 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.

A Game Of Clothes3. 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.

Jingle Bells4. 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.

Danger Danger5. 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.

Tired of London, Tired of Life?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.

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  • FashionandFrappes

    Great post! Very helpful. I think inspiration sites like Pinterest are also very helpful.

    http://www.fashionandfrappes.com

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      That’s absolutely right! How could I forget to mention Pinterest? Shame on me 😀 xx

  • #byLily

    Wow, such a wonderful article!! Agree on all points! Funny that style can really define a person. For a blogger even more! I adore your personal style!!! A true inspiration you are <3

    X Lily

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Right back at you babe! Although I’d almost say that it’s the person that defines the style and not the other way around 😉 xx

  • http://365hangers.com/blog/ 365hangers

    We can’t decide what we love more, these tips or all of your looks. So perfect!!

    xx 365hangers

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Awe…that’s super sweet! Thank you so much :) xx

  • http://www.reveriesanctuary.com/ shanaz@ReverieSanctuary

    I enjoyed reading your personal style how-to and of course, your images are candy to my eyes. I agree on all points especially on stocking up on the basics. There was a time in my life when I wasn’t aware of my own style and ended up buying pieces that until now still induce a giggle. I’m glad it has passed. 😀 xx

    missreverie | Fashionista NOW

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Haha…I know what you mean. Although I still manage to buy the odd piece here and there that I never end up wearing 😀 xx

  • borka gamero

    Fabulous dear! great styling tips and photography… well done!
    kisses from Miami,
    Borka
    http://www.chicfashionworld.com

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you so much Borka :) xx

  • AF

    well what can i say? I agree 100% with everything!

    http://strawberryleopard.blogspot.pt/

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Awe thank you :-* xx

  • http://www.fashionbyemina.blogspot.com Emina

    Very good tips! And great style btw. Would you like to follow each other? Let me know :)
    Kisses Emina

    http://www.fashionbyemina.blogspot.com

    -> New post is up – Check it out!

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thanks Emina! That’s incredibly sweet of you :) xx

  • Elena Dal Maso

    Be the best version of yourself : Great! Not always possible, but a right goal :)))
    Love you dressed in total white!

    xoxo
    http://www.bellezzefelici.blogspot.com

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Hehe…oh well! There’s no harm in trying right? Thanks darling :-* xx

  • http://elineous.blogspot.nl/ Eline

    Great article! I not only love your style of clothing, but also your style of writing! You deserve many more followers on this blog. I’m one of your new ones too 😉

    xx http://elineous.blogspot.nl/

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you so much Eline! That means so much to me. My writing is always different though. It really depends on how inspired I was at the time of writing 😉 xx

  • http://simplicityrelished.com/ Daisy @ Simplicity Relished

    Love this so, so much! I definitely don’t follow every trend, but I do love trying things out and buying high-quality basics. You have such great style, so thanks for these tips :)

    <3 Daisy
    Simplicity Relished

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you so much Daisy! I’m glad you enjoyed the post :) xx

  • Carly Van Loe

    Great tips! I particularly like the “don’t follow every trend”. I have a habit of going with the trends and then look back and think….. “Whoa…that was not pretty and was a waste of money”

    The Doctor Diva

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      I used to be the same! Now it only occasionally happens with the odd piece here and there that should look good in theory, but somehow doesn’t 😀 xx

  • Rosa Mimmino

    Tolle Look, vor allem das blau-gruen-schwarze Kleid gefällt mir super!!

    Liebe Grüße
    Rosa

    Styleyourselfinstyle.blogspot.com

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Vielen Dank! Das Kleid ist wirklich ein Schmuckstück, dass ich bald mal wieder rausholen sollte :) xx

  • http://jointyicroissanty.blogspot.com/ jointyicroissanty

    Great tips, I agree with everything you have written. I also think that following every trend is not good idea and experiments is great way to find individual style.

    Btw. you have fantastic style, I like all of your outfits!

    jointyicroissanty.blogspot.com

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you so much sweetie! It’s great that you agree. 10 years ago I followed every single trend, but it was a complete disaster. I’m so happy that I’ve outgrown that phase..haha.. xx

  • http://www.rebecca-jacobs.com/wanderdust Rebecca Jacobs

    I love this post! And I love that I got to see some outfits I missed first time around (like the beautiful one above 4!) For me, I think we need more blogs that make fashion feel accessible and approachable—as opposed to showing off what will feel like unattainable clothes and looks. So great post and you really broke it down well! xx

    —Rebecca
    wanderdust.co

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you so much Rebecca! You’re too kind :) I absolutely agree, although most people seem to disagree. I feel like a lot of girls our age rather follow those blogs that show off the most expensive designer pieces in the fanciest locations. To some extent I understand where they’re coming from. The unattainable can be very alluring and maybe even motivating. Nevertheless I prefer accessible fashion :) xx

  • Ivana Džidić

    well written! Some people seem to struggle a bit more with finding their personal style but I always think it is worth taking some time to get inspired or just think about what we like in terms of clothes. Most of us care what we look like, so spending some time figuring it all out is a time well spend.

    I do like the photos you selected for this post (all of them showing very stylish outfits)…and I agree with you…clothes we wear should always follow our own personal choices and changes- that way (as you have wisely pointed out) we will always feel comfortable in our clothes.

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Absolutely! Glad you agree. Although I don’t think it’s necessary to spend time on finding your own style. Getting inspired is something that happens all the time, wherever you go and whatever you do. It’s totally fine to go through phasees of trial and error before we find the style that suits us best. xx

      • Ivana Džidić

        what I meant was taking the time to try out something new, to experiment…or just figuring out if something works for us or not. Trying out different clothes can teach us a lot..if only I wasn’t as lazy when it came to that…I hate to try out clothes in stores, but at least I try out those I have at home and do my best to combine them in different ways.

        • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

          Can’t disagree with that logic :) I quite like to order clothes from shops that doe free shipping, and if they don’t fit I just send them back 😉 xx

  • http://cvetybaby.com/ Cvetina Cekova

    You have a great style!! So classy and unique, i love your blog!

    xx

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    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you much Cvety! Your lovely comment made my day :) xx