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Knowing your personal style helps give you a sense of direction of who you are, what you like and your overall personality. Without style, you pretty much have no clue on your actual identity of your clothes or for you yourself.
And knowing who you are is probably the most important thing that you can know in life, so you don’t just follow, do or wear what everyone else is wearing. Which is why it’s always important to have a proper path of how you dress and how you pair your clothes together, instead of just doing what the rest of the crowd is doing.
So here’s how to go about developing your own sense of style:
1. Know your personality
The first thing you need to do, is to understand your personality. Most people who don’t have a sense of style don’t understand who they actually are, and therefore don’t know how to go about dressing for themselves. So what you need to do, is sit down, and write down the things that you like, say or engage in, and then label those things into personality traits. This way, you can get a gist of what to look for in stores for yourself, that will actually match up with your unique character, to develop a style that matches you.
2. Understand your body
Knowledge is power. So the second thing you need to do, is understand what kind of body you have and what works for you. If you have a good understanding of your body shape and your strengths and weaknesses, you can buy the right clothes to either accentuate or camouflage certain parts of your body, by wearing certain clothes or accessories. For instance, once you have discovered your proportions and what looks good on you, you can start creating outfits with pieces that flatter and complement your body shape better, that will take your style to another level.
3. Keep a scrapbook or pin the styles that inspire you
Whenever you see others wearing clothes you admire or like, try to get a picture and paste it on a note, a scrapbook or pin it on Pinterest. After a while, you will start to notice a pattern of clothes or colors that you could actually see yourself buying and wearing. Another great thing to do, is to pay attention to certain celebrities or public figures that you think dresses in a manner that you really like, and base your outfits off of similar outfits that they wore. However, just be careful of copying them from head-to-toe, and try to get more inspired on how they dress, instead of being a complete copycat.
4. Keep note of what looks good on you
You may already pin images or make a scrapbook of clothes that inspire you, but also try to really understand which clothes you actually wear that make you feel GREAT! If you felt wonderful on a particular day wearing a certain outfit, write it down or take a picture of it. I have found that taking ootd pictures of myself is a great way to recognize which outfits work and which ones don’t. This will help you identify your style and prevent you from making future buying mistakes, that don’t match up with who you are as an individual.
5. Make sure your wardrobe contains all the necessary basics for your style
If you finally have a clearer vision of what you like and what suits you, you need to determine if you have the basic essentials that’s necessary for your particular style. So make sure you go though your closet and determine the absolute necessary essentials for yourself, that you know you will wear a lot. For example, if your style is edgy, make sure you have a lot of distressed skinnies, graphic tees, moto jackets, etc, to get the max out of all of your clothes that you have, so you’re not stuck with anything that doesn’t match you. Because why would you have super uptight, preppy clothes if that’s not you? So make sure you stick to a guide of always staying true to your wardrobe and your personality; even if it’s a mixture of styles that you tend to wear.
So that’s all my tips on how to find your personal style. I hope as always that these tips helped you as much as possible, and gave you some type of outline for if you’re struggling with who you are and your fashion style.
Also remember that style is not conformed to just one singular box of something, but can be mixed with all sorts of categories that cater to you. So never limit yourself of just saying “oh I can only wear this because it’s boho” or “oh I can only wear this because it’s super girly and pink” since personal style can actually be a mixture of many styles/categories and not just one. So please be mindful of that, and really find what you like and what works for you, instead of always playing by the rules of certain styles and colors, because it’s not about that, it’s about finding your personal preference in clothes, shoes and accessories, that you really love.
Have a wonderful day!