While many clothing styles and options are available to us today, there’s nothing quite like owning your own distinct fashion. Here’s how to craft a unique style that’s entirely your own.
1. Evaluate your closet. Go through what you already own and decide what you like. Pieces that you keep should have a fit that’s flattering to your body, as well as an overall look that blends with your shape.
2. Pick out the elements that you like. On the clothes that you do keep, evaluate what exactly it is that makes you like to wear them – such as the cut, the sleeves, the embellishments, or the color. Write down a list of these elements and take it shopping with you later.
3. Look for inspiration. One way to foster and develop your own style is to find out what looks good on other people. Leaf through magazines or watch TV for trends that catch your eye. If people often compliment you on looking like a certain celebrity, search their name online and see what they wear to compliment their coloring and size.
4. Ask for help. If you’re having a hard time finding inspiration, or you worry about having bad taste, ask for an outside opinion. Contact a close friend or family member whose sense of style you admire, and ask him or her what might look good on you. Or, visit a department store or boutique that carries fashions you like and ask a salesperson to help you assemble a stylish look that’s right for you.
5. Don’t forget shoes. A new pair of shoes can add a different flair to your look. Look for something you can wear often and that fits with the general look you’re trying to achieve.
6. Go shopping. When you’ve decided what you like, start shopping. You don’t have to replenish your wardrobe all in one go – instead, consider shopping at small intervals, such as every few weeks, until you’ve assembled a closet you like.
7. Accessorize. Punch up your regular look by adding a few interesting accessories. This can be as simple as buying clean laces for your shoes, or wearing a muted belt. If you really want to alter your look, try adding jewelry, scarves, hats or hair pieces.
8. Mix and match. Try pairing different pieces for a compelling, unique look. For instance, even if you didn’t think your new tank would look good with your capris, try it out. Maybe all you need to pull the whole outfit together is that belt you haven’t worn since last summer.
9. Change your hairstyle. True, your hairstyle isn’t part of your clothing, but it can drastically alter how your clothing looks. Try styling your hair a different way in the morning, or see if a new shampoo or product helps it look better. If you’re going to try a radically different cut or color, consult a stylist as to what might look best on you. Find images in magazines or online for inspiration, and take them to your appointment.
10. Be yourself. The most important thing about your new look should be that it makes you feel great. Creating a personal style is really just wearing what you want. Think more positively and be more constructive and expressive with your ideas and abilities.