The key to fashion and feeling and looking amazing is not about following the latest trends that you have seen on the catwalks or on social media. It is about staying true to yourself and your personal style. But do you know what your personal style is? Your personal style should reflect your likes, creativity and lifestyle. Your personal style should encapsulate who you are. If you need help to define your personal style, this is the place to start.
The first step to finding what you like, and dislike is to find inspiration. Start with your favourite clothes, what is it that you like about them? Is it the colour, the shape the length? This will help you define your style, and these pieces should be at the core of your wardrobe. Most likely you will gather a mixture of different influences from different people. Spend some time of social media and Pinterest and have a scroll through and see what you find. Observe your friends’ and celebrities’ dress. It’s important to remember the different between styles you like and admire compared to what you want your style to be. Online fashion blogs and magazines are an amazing source of inspiration to learn about different styles and identity.
Once you have collected and compiled all your inspiration create a mood board, where you can visually see and lay out all your inspiration. You may feel like your inspiration is a bit all over the place. However, when creating the mood board you may begin to see some similarities, for example there might be models and celebrities wearing a similar style of jeans, or maxi skirts. These will create an overarching vibe of your mood board. You may have a couple different aesthetics that you can group together.
Before you go on a shopping spree, you need to go through your wardrobe and check to see if your current wardrobe has any pieces similar to your mood board. This will stop you buying items you already own, and it will also help you see if your current wardrobe fits with your aspirational wardrobe. Remember your wardrobe is the foundation of your personal style.
Now you have gathered and sorted through your inspiration you can start to create your capsule wardrobe and put it into practice. Go into stores and try on different versions of these outfit ideas. You do not want to buy the first thing you see. Take a picture of you in the items and then you can compare them. Make a note of what you like and dislike about them, what you want to look for next and how it made you feel. These are all important questions to ask yourself when finding your style. You want to have a wardrobe that you can mix and match, where most pieces go together. Searching through charity shops and resale sites to find items at a great price point and be more sustainable.
Once you’ve gathered your capsule collection you can experiment with pieces. It’s okay to change your mind. Your personal style is about playing around and having fun with fashion. If there are pieces in your wardrobe you don’t gravitate towards, you can sell them, give them to friends or try find a piece it might work better with.
It’s not always easy to define your personal style, don’t be scared to try something new. Your fashion should reflect who you are as a person and give you an infinite amount of confidence.
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