7 Ways To Master Your Personal Style
Finding and mastering your personal style is a challenge for anyone, personally, it took 2 years before I really understood what my style was and what worked for me. SInce I have finally mastered this critical skill, I wanted to help some of you who may be struggling with this as well! Below I have 7 simple tips to mastering your personal style, comment under the post for any questions or suggestions!
1. Do a Style Self-Evaluation
Use this time to really understand who you are and your current lifestyle. We often admire trends and fashion innovators in clothing that we can never wear in our everyday lives. So instead of buying something that doesn’t match who you really are, evaluate your life and be honest with the fashion boundaries you should cross.
After the self-evaluation, categorize your style. For example, you may call yourself “bohochic” if you notice you love relaxed clothes, paisley prints, fringe, a trillion accessories, and a colorful faux fur coat to top off a look; or maybe you’re in the corporate world but still like to be stylish yet professional, you may fall in the “Minimalistic” style category.
Read this article for more insight of the various style types: http://www.whowhatwear.com/what-is-your-street-style-fashion-blogger-type-quiz-2013/slide2
2. Find Inspirations
Once you have categorized your style type, now it’s time to narrow down the search to styles that are right for you. This includes looks for your body type, world region, working environment, etc. Platforms like Instagram and Pinterest are great for this. Just use keywords and hashtags and find and follow inspirations and people to use as your style muse.
3. Clean Out Your Closet
Before running out and shopping for your new found personal style, clean out all the things in your closet that no longer reflect your brand. The best way to do this is to take note of items that you never feel confident in, identify the odd piece out, and if you haven’t worn it in over a year….OUT!
After I clean out my closet, I take inventory. This is extremely helpful for the next step because if I notice I have 30 pairs of jeans that I love, I know I don’t need to buy anymore!
4. Shop Smarter
Now for fun part, time to shop! I personally always shop with a list; this is a smart tip for not overspending and not coming home with a cluster of pieces that don’t go with one another.
Rather you make a list or not, PLEASE don’t just buy into the current trend, buy according to your style. Find a great statement piece or basic that is of good quality. These items may be more expensive but you’ll keep them through all the trend eras so invest in yourself!
Lastly, and this is a big one for me, TRY THINGS ON! I know, I know, the fitting room lines are long or you hate having to take on and off clothes, or you can’t wear your make-up and try on, blah, blah, blah. Listen, one of the most upsetting things for me is to get home and think I have an outfit and find out it’s nothing like I thought it would look or it’s the incorrect size. Believe me, it’s more annoying to return than to take the time and try it on right then.
- Note- If you’re buying online, know your measurements so you can get the closest fit.
5. Shop in the Present
It doesn't matter if you think you will lose 30 pounds by the summer or if you "must invest" in that Prada purse because one day you’re going to be a lawyer and require a staple bag. Truth is, you never know what is going to happen in the next second, so stop trying to guess your future and shop for your current size and lifestyle. If you’re really serious about losing weight, just buy a few basics in your existing size instead of binge shopping now. If you see that future career coming, have a picture and link of the exact items you will need in that field so that when that day comes you can finally make that staple purchase.
6. Play up your strengths
Everyone has several great features, always remember that and don’t compare yourself to the next person, but also be honest with yourself. Not everything is for everyone, and that’s fine! If your makeup is always popping and you’re a little body conscious, wear a statement lip color and dress in basics and layers that fit well. If you have a waist like a Kardashian, you may want to wear fitted (fitted, not tight) tops with a nice boyfriend jean.
Really take a look in the mirror and write down your body's strengths and search for items that best fit them.
7. Have fun and don’t get flustered
Many people don’t like shopping because multiple things look bad on them or they get confused on where to start. Tip, take a deep breath, it's not as hard as it seems. Remember, when trying on clothes and finding key pieces to buy in the beginning, you will have a good amount of don’t’s before do’s. But like anything a little practice makes perfect.
Your appearance represents your personal brand so investing time and energy into your look is well worth it. Now go out and have fun while building your look!
1 Corinthians 6:19