Finding your own sense of style can be elusive. Like finding the perfect pair of jeans.
Do they really exist?!
Is your one true style, waiting patiently for you to discover it?!
Is it hiding out on 5th Avenue, or hidden away in a small online boutique?
Is it part boho hippie and part red carpet?
Or is it inspired from streetwear or paired back minimalism?
But in reality, your signature style is you. Regardless of what you are wearing.
It’s your personality, your laughter, that vibe that you put out into this world. It’s how you carry yourself, it’s your confidence.
But how do you convey this through your clothing, to the world?
Ah, ha! The million dollar question!
How can 2 people, who wear the exact same outfit, portray 2 totally different impressions?
And that, my friend, is the secret to styling.
Below are our top 3 tips for finding your personal signature style.
And we’ve kept it to just 3, because life is that simple and effortless!
Top Tip #1:
Research, research, research!
Jump on social media, the internet, Netflix and see what jumps out at you! Inspiration is all around, so keep your eyes peeled!
Look at stores that you normally wouldn’t go into – you never know what you may find! Our phones and our laptops provide a safe space for us to browse and be inspired without the added pressure of a sales associate hanging over your shoulder.
When a piece of clothing catches your eye, take a closer look and try and discover what it is about this garment that made you take a double take.
Is it the fabric? The colour? The details? The style? The versatility?
Try to pinpoint what it is that you love.
And remember, it’s not just clothing that you are looking at – it’s the whole shebang! Hair, accessories, make up, jewelry, shoes…you get the idea.
Once you have these details, note them down, create a Pinterest board or save them into your phone.
(side note – take price out of the equation. You are just looking for details, not purchasing anything! So go wild!)
Top Tip #2:
Imagine how you would feel if you were to try this garment on, or to wear this accessory.
If you are able to go into stores to shop, ask your self the exact same questions!
How would the fabric feel against your skin? Is it practical to wear in your current lifestyle? Would it work with other pieces that you love, that are already sitting in your wardrobe? Does it have all the necessary features that you need in a garment?
How would you feel if you were to wear this garment to the grocery store? To the office? Out for dinner and drinks?
Close your eyes and picture yourself wearing this style.
What shoes would you wear? What accessories? What handbag and jacket would work well with this outfit? What jewelry would you wear?
Just for fun, find a garment that you instantly know that you wouldn’t wear and visualize yourself in it. How would you feel? Would you be self conscious and constantly be tugging at the hemline or the neckline or the sleeve?
This can help you to figure out what what you DON’T like, so you can find, what you DO like.
Top Tip #3:
What is important to you? What makes you feel good? Is sustainability a topic that is near and dear to your heart? Do you value transparency within the supply chain so you know who made the garment and in what country and where the fabric originates from?
Is value for money important? Is staying up with the latest trends crucial? Spend a few minutes figuring out what is important to you as a consumer, as an individual.
Taking some time to research and find these brands (they are out there!) will not only make you feel good, but when you feel good on the inside, your glow radiates out.
Remember, your style will grow and evolve as you do. It doesn’t stay stagnant. So play around and be adventurous! If you wear an outfit and it doesn’t feel right, change something small, such as your handbag or jewelry, see if that changes how you feel. Perhaps that particular outfit wasn’t suitable for that occasion and that’s why you feel uncomfortable.
But listen to the reason and adjust as necessary.
Some of my favorite outfits started off a little shaky, and now they are staples in my wardrobe.
It takes time, patience and practice to find what works for you.
And remember, what anyone else thinks of you, is none of your business.