How to find your unique fashion style
Our outward appearance is perhaps more important now than in any other time through history, and showing off your personal style has become a point of focus for everyone. Whether it’s the way you identify with a certain group you feel you’re a part of, or simply a kind of armour you put on in the morning, your personal style goes a long way in defining you. But with it being so important, how come we’re still all following generic advice and looking up to people we don’t even know to copy their styles? The real struggle is defining your own style, and here’s how to do it:
When in doubt – go classic
We all have at least a few basic pieces in our wardrobe: a pair of jeans, a few plain T-shirts and blouses and a regular old pair of sneakers. If you’re not sure where to start building your style, start here. It’s a lot easier to add something than it is to untangle from an outfit you don’t fully control. The simplest blue jeans, white tee and a statement brooch that represents something you support will always be a better option than putting on a lot of complicated clothing without a clear message. Reel it in, start simple and give yourself space to define your style and grow as a fashionista.
Just enough edge
Every outfit needs some edge, but the amount of edge you put into it can depend on anything, from your mood to the occasion you’re dressing for. Being overly cute, fluffy and soft can lead to you not being taken seriously, or even disregarded. For some, the edge they bring comes from a pair of thin, dangling bracelets, black eyeliner or a soft velvet choker. For others, it can be something more permanent and personal, like finding an artist who does the best portrait tattoos and getting something permanently inked on your body. An edge can come either from the message that the piece sends, or even from the way you wear it: a tailored suit, a red lipstick or even a fluffy bag can all be soft, but wear them with the right attitude and you will give off a completely different vibe.
Know what you’re dressing for
If you’ve ever heard the saying “dress for the job you want, not for the job you have” – you’ll know it’s not that far from the truth. And when you’re building your wardrobe, it’s important to focus on the kind of clothing that is appropriate for the places where you want to be in life. This isn’t to say that you should neglect the style that you want to wear; we are now seeing congresswomen change the rules of fashion at the very top of formal dressing. You can still be yourself, while making sure you’re being seen as the person you want to be seen – a CEO, a fashion blogger, an athlete or a rock musician.
Copying looks off celebrities just isn’t the way to go, but you are allowed to be inspired by them. Don’t wear a piece only because a celebrity you look up to is wearing it, but rather take a look at what they do to construct their entire outfits, and take inspiration for your own wardrobe. Get inspired by the whole, not the individual pieces.
Once you find a style you love and that allows you to chase your dreams, you can then start to build up a wardrobe that supports that style. Always shop smart and try to fill the gaps in your closet instead of buying more of the things you already have. And when in doubt – don’t be afraid to ask us for advice.