Style doesn’t come easy for everyone, but everyone does have their unique personal style. Defining your look can be intimidating, but does not have to be difficult. It’s all about taking baby steps and I’m here to guide you along the way. Here are some easy steps you can follow, so you will be styling and strutting in no time.
Start with the Basics
A good foundation is the key to building a strong wardrobe. You must start with your basics. I talked about some good quality basics in last week’s post, but when building your new stylish wardrobe your basics have to extend into investment pieces. So your basics are jeans, t-shirts, and tank tops but your investment pieces are skirts, slacks, blazers, and blouses. When you are looking to add new pieces to your wardrobe your basics and investment pieces will be the perfect starting point.
When trying to develop your personal style try to pay special attention to what the women or men around you are wearing. And ask yourself what is it about their outfit that drew your attention? What do you dislike? When you see someone walking down the street and you can imagine yourself in the same outfit you’re heading in the right direction. These are key style indicators that you should pay attention to.
Remembering what you see while you’re observing can be difficult especially if you are always on the go. I suggest to open up a quick note page on your phone to keep track of the outfits you liked while out and about. Also, since style is so visual utilize Pinterest. I swear I’m probably on Pinterest more than I’m on any other social media platform. Creating style mood boards are not only fun, but extremely helpful for me when I get dressed in the morning. You might not have the exact same pieces in the Pinterest photos, but I’m sure you can get creative and find something similar. That’s why personal style is fun!
In an earlier blog post, I discussed why ignoring trends is useful and developing a style uniform is the way to go. But for the purpose of this guide, I think people often combine fashion with style. Not realizing they are two separate things. Following all the latest fashion trends by constantly rotating your wardrobe does not mean you have defined your personal style. The issue is that people think that style is materialistic, but it has nothing to do with the quantity of trends you have in your wardrobe. Then end goal should always be to create a unique style that represents you and should not be influenced by what’s “hot” and “trendy” right now.
Try Something New and Copy Till You Nail It
When you first embark on your personal style journey, don’t be afraid or ashamed that you copied someone else’s look. How else are you going to learn right? The world of fashion was built on taking inspiration from somewhere to create something beautiful. You are essentially doing the same thing when you take inspiration from someone’s personal style.
You should feel good about what you’re wearing. I don’t know how many times I have heard people buying things because it was in season or on trend, but they have no idea how to style it. Therefore, they never wear it. Money down the drain. Trying something new and changing your look can be intimidating or even scary for some. These feelings are 100% normal because you’re putting pressure on yourself to step outside of your comfort zone. All I ask is this, give yourself the freedom to explore and try something new. That’s truly when you will start to jump into a personal style that speaks to you.
I really hope you enjoyed this guide to personal style. If you have some other tips or tricks that you’ve used to develop your personal style leave a comment below or send me a DM via Instagram. I love keeping the conversation going about fashion and style. Also, you have any other guide topics in mind let me know. Until next time…
Mynka is a personal wardrobe stylist sharing some style tips, outfit inspiration, and using this blog as a platform to continue the important discussions surrounding sustainable fashion.