How important is having a personal style? Very important. It shows people who you are. It creates a first impression. Do you blend in or do you stand out? Does your style match your personality? A stranger can look at you and tell things about you just by the way you look. Is your appearance truly reflecting you?
Your personal style should also make you feel great. You should enjoy opening your closet and find items that you want to wear. If you don’t, read on, we’ll fix that.
Let’s explore how your style gives off a first impression.. Take a look at this woman. What can you tell about her?
When I look at this woman I see a bold, confident, career woman who knows who she is and what she wants. This woman goes after her dreams. She is fashionable and personable.
So how do you figure out how to make your style fit who you are? Below are Six Ways to Figure out Your Personal Style.
Who are you? Spend some time discovering who you are and who you aspire to be. What do you want people to say about you? This may be simple or, if you’ve never thought about it before, this may take some time. Does your current style reflect those things? If you’re not sure, ask a friend. Sometimes it’s hard to know what vibe you’re giving off but someone else can definitely help you figure that out.
What are you naturally drawn to? Do you love animal print? Do you have a favorite color? Do you adore silk or tulle? Focusing on what you’re naturally drawn to is a great start. Take a look in your closet if you have to. You may be drawn to one key item (such as tshirts) or it may be a certain color plus a certain fabric (such as black and leather).
What makes you feel good when you’re wearing it? Do you have a certain item or outfit that makes you feel like a rock star? If so, focus on what it is about that item or outfit that makes you feel so good. Is it the color? Is it the way it fits? Is it the way you look in it? This is key information to discovering your style.
When do you get compliments? Also key is paying attention to when people compliment your look. If you get compliments every time you wear teal, it can be a clue that teal brings out your eyes or compliments your hair and skin tone well. Maybe you get compliments when you wear dresses because of how beautifully they flow around your body. Pay attention and get clues from others.
Who do you admire? Is there a celebrity or woman at your bank that always looks amazing? Take notes from their style. Get inspiration and then make it yours. I love Jessica Day’s style from New Girl. It’s modern vintage and so girlie! You can get inspiration from others without copying them exactly. You can take as little as one element from a certain style to incorporate into your looks. For example, from Jessica Day’s style, I can incorporate more skirts, cardigans, bows, or bold color into my looks.
Get on PINTEREST! Pinterest is a great place to get inspiration. Start a clothing board and pin ideas you love. Not sure how to find the things you love? Start by searching things you’ve already discovered. If you discovered that you adore blush pink tulle, then search “blush pink tulle outfits.” You can search “black leather jacket outfits” or “teal button down shirt outfits.” Once you start finding things you like, I think you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to continue finding inspiration. Pinterest is great at giving you similar things to look at if you click on an outfit you like and scroll down. You can also search things like “classic work wear for young women” or “casual weekend outfits for older women.” Be as specific or generic as you want.
Now that you know how to discover your personal style and why it’s important, get to it! Looking great works wonders towards feeling great.
Don’t try to imitate anyone else but create the best version of you. You’ll be glad you did.
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