5 tips to finding your personal style
Finding (and refining) personal style can be a struggle. We have all been there at least once, if not multiple times, as we look into our clothes and can find anything to wear for-graduation to professional transition, going for a job interview or that business meeting that might change your life forever!
Regardless of what life throws at us, it’s important to be able to adapt while still maintaining a style that is all our own.
And why exactly is this important? 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. So when you find the right piece to add to your closet you exclaim, “This is so me!“ So, we searched online for expert advice that is budget friendly, and workable.
i) Seek inspiration Write down the names of your favorite style icons and do a bit of research via Pinterest, Google, or Instagram to gather inspiration from their looks. Pulling different types of inspiration from several sources is a great way to figure out what you like and dislike.
Homework assignment: Make a photo file titled “Personal Style Inspiration.” Create a list of your five favorite celebs or bloggers, do a quick search on each of them, and pin the images and outfits that most resonate with you. Finished? Now, 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. Why is this important? When you feel comfortable, you look and feel your best!
ii) Clean up and clean out Take a good, long look at your closet and the pieces you already own. Toss what you haven’t worn in the last year so you can start fresh. Then you can begin to rebuild and refine your wardrobe with a style that truly reflects where you are in your life and career.
Homework assignment: Start NOW, go through your clothes and take out anything that does now reflect where you want to go/who you want to be. Have fun and invite your friend for the exercise. Label the bags donate, trash, and sell and get sorting!
A good closet cleanse will allow you to feel ready to become the true you, in terms of personal style. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to get dressed when you have only a few spot-on options, instead of unnecessary clothing clutter! Plus, you can invest in quality new pieces. They say start dressing for who you want to be!
iii) Shop smarter If you only buy to fill the holes in your wardrobe, you’ll build a great selection much faster. The question in most our minds when it comes to keeping up with fashion are; how would I be able to dress trendy enough to fit in (anywhere)? Especially on a tiny budget? We know we all think the answer is money, but that's not the case.. Learn to experiment with the latest fashion trends the smart way—hunt for trendy deals at discount places, try second hand bargains (there are several that has great quality pieces) and only spend money on staple pieces: shoes and a great handbag. Plus, with a little extra attention (i.e. check the hems, test the zippers), it’s easy tell which cheap items will last and which items are just, you know, cheap.
Homework assignment: Next time you go shopping, revisit your inspiration board first. Likely there are certain items themes, and specific items you’ll need to re-create the looks you admire. Make a list of the items you don’t already have, and take it with you. Stick to your list so you won’t be tempted to stray and pick up another impulse buys. If you only purchase to fill the holes in your wardrobe, you’ll build a great selection of clothes much faster.
iii) Take your lifestyle and goals into consideration. The perfect wardrobe should not only represent your vision and creativity, but also be tailored to your lifestyle. Consider the persona you want to present to the world. You want your style to reflect your personality, but it also has to make sense in your field of work, your overall lifestyle, the city you live in and aligned with your long-term goals. Do you want a better job? Are you trying to make it in a particular industry? Think about adding a few sharp and appropriate professional pieces for interviews in that line of work. Or if you want to work in fashion, add more on-trend pieces (but don’t spend too much, as they’ll go out of style quickly!). If your work environment is casual, you may want to purchase more shirts and jeans.
Homework assignment: Write down all the different situations you’re in during a given week—be it work, parties, social gatherings, special occasions, the gym, and so on. Now, revisit this list whenever it’s time to clean out your closet, or shop for new clothes. If an item doesn’t check multiple boxes, it’s probably not worth your money. The key is to find pieces that can mix, match, and crossover from one category to another. For example, a great soft t-shirt to wear to the gym can also be worn with jeans and a blazer or tucked into a party skirt. Shop smart!