Finding your personal style can be a struggle; we’re the first to admit it. We’ve all been there at least once, if not multiple times, as we gaze into our closet full of clothes.The impact of personal style goes far beyond making a good first impression; great style is also about approaching each day with confidence, and the ability to feel legitimately beautiful in what we are wearing. Believe it or not, the right wardrobe can make a difference in that department. In terms of your wardrobe, we want you to really know what you like, understand what looks good on you, and how to shop.
FIND YOUR INSPIRATION
Make a pinterest board titled personal style inspiration. Create a list of your favorite celebs or bloggers, do a quick search on each of them, and pin the images and outfits that most resonate with you. Write down all the elements they have in common. Chances are, the characteristics you write down most frequently are the ones you most relate to, and the vibe that makes you the most comfortable. When you feel comfortable, you look and feel your best!
Magazines you can take a look at the magazine rack of your local bookstore, grocery store, fashion magazine choices. Some of the more popular ones are Bazaar, Vogue, etc.
Look to off-duty and street style if there is a celebrity or an influencer whose style you like, try to find images of their off-duty style. What do they wear when they’re not in the spotlight? What are they posting for their outfit of the day (OOTD)? Try to find out who that celeb’s stylist is, and look to them for inspiration.
Go window shopping check out boutiques and designer stores. Pay attention to how the mannequins are styled, and find items that you like. This is a good way to find out which items are trending and to explore layering, since mannequins are often styled to show off multiple items from a store. Window shopping works for online shopping, too—many brands post lookbooks on their websites that you can bookmark for inspiration.
DON'T BE AFRAID TO EXPERIMENT
Experimentation is a huge part of figuring out what you like and don’t like, but also what suits you and what doesn’t. Oftentimes things might look good on your pinterest reference photo but end up looking a little less so when we try to recreate them, and that’s fine. In order to find out what it is that you feel good wearing, you have to try wearing a bunch of different things. Inspiration is everywhere around you; from friends to travels, books, and icons, you can get ideas from practically everyone and everything. So take your phone out, go on your notes and start a file where you write down outfit ideas or details whenever they come to you. And then try them out! This will not only save you at times when you’re out of inspiration, but it will also give you the opportunity to try out styles, combinations, and ideas that at some point in time seemed appealing and you might have completely forgotten about otherwise.
BUILD A GOOD COLLECTION
Learn not to buy the same old thing.Therefore, whenever you’re buying clothes, ask yourself ‘Is this similar to something that I already have?/Is there something different I could buy that I don’t have yet?’ Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to buy clothes that don’t suit you, or that you can’t buy anymore of a particular type of clothing, it just allows you to pause and think about whether this purchase is going to make a good addition to your wardrobe.
Plan ahead a good idea would be to write down, at the beginning of each season, what clothes/accessories you want. For example, my winter list could be: a long cardigan, creative recreation shoes, skinny jeans, black & white tee shirt, cropped leather jacket.
After writing down what you want, check to make sure you don’t already have a lot of these already. When you’re shopping, carry around this list (or memorize it). Make the clothes on your list your number one priority before buying anything else. This is a good way to gradually build up your wardrobe.
WHATEVER YOU WEAR, WEAR IT WITH CONFIDENCE
“Everyone needs their own signature look. Even if it’s ripped off from your favorite character from a film you like, or it’s just wearing the same coat you love till you wear it out completely, a favorite repetitive color or a style from another era, perhaps a person you’ve read about, fiction or non-fiction, real or not has inspired you. The point is, we all need to find that special way of dressing ourselves that makes us feel like the main character of our own private novel.” To have style you need to have individuality and trust yourself. It’s not about beauty, it’s about the character, the uniqueness and the confidence. I think beautiful women are so because of what they exude from the inside. They have a sense of themselves, humor, confidence and certainty about who they are. If you feel confident in what you’re wearing and carry yourself with charm, and certainty, you do not need anything else. The real way to dress for success is to feel it from the inside. Express your own style and express your individuality with confidence