Having your own style can be so beneficial as it will help show the world who you are, create consistency within your wardrobe, and make creating cohesive outfits so much easier. Finding your own unique style can be tricky though. There is so much choice and variety of styles and garments out there now it can be difficult to know where to begin. Here are some of my top tips for finding your style.
What do you want your style to say about you?
One of the best ways to start understanding what you want your own style to be is to work out what you want your clothes to say about you. Of course in an ideal world, we wouldn't judge people on how they look, but we all do it. 55% of a first impression is based on how you look and so you want to create a consistent message that matches who you are to how you look.
Come up with a list of style words that you want people to think of when they see you. E.g, confident, chic, smart , professional, etc. Pick your top 3 and start to have a think about how these would look as an outfit. From this, you can make a shopping list of the items you should have to create these looks and see if these are in your wardrobe all ready, or if you need to have a little bit of retail therapy.
Create a style collage
Using your style words you can start to look for images of outfits you think would fit into your criteria. Making a collage or collating these images in some way will make that visualisation more of a reality, and you can even take this with you on your next shopping trip to help you stay focused and clear on what you want.
You don't have to go down the route of making a physical collage with paper and glue, unless you want to. Pinterest can be a really great way to collate images and you can create a board of all the styles you like. You can also search specifically for the sort of styles and garments you are looking for. Another great way is to google images or find on Instagram, celebrities or peoples whose fashion and style you really like and aligns with the style you want to create for yourself. Again, this will give you that visulisation of how your outfits could or should be looking.
Don't pigeon hole yourself
Whilst you do want to create some consistency, don't feel like you need to limit yourself to just one style. Human beings are complex creatures and it seems reductive to narrow down ourselves to fit a certain label. Maybe you have two lists of style words, one for your professional life and one for your free time. Or perhaps you want to look super sleek and chic in the day but grunge it up a bit for night time looks.
I find if you limit yourself too much you can miss out on some really great pieces and feel like your denying yourself. Just always make sure items you are buying are still going to fit into your wardrobe and work with the current garments you own. There is no point in buying an amazing top if it won't go with anything else you own. Just remember to refer back to the previous two steps to still keep a sense of focus.
These tips should give you some guidance on creating and getting your own style down. Just don't make any rash purchases and always refer back to your style words and images to keep you on track. Please have fun with this. Style and fashion should be celebrated and enjoyed so don't take it too seriously!