Personal style is an ambiguous beast at best. Due to the fact that it’s always evolving, let's identify which one truly speaks to you. Once you are able to identify your style personality, then putting your wardrobe together will be easier than ever. If you choose to ignore your style personality it leads to purchasing clothes that are just trending and unfortunately it leaves you in this position of being hopeful that you will one day wear that garment you purchased years back. If you want to be clear of who you want to present yourself to the world as and what stage of life you are in, then identifying your personal style is essential. Here are my 9 secrets as to how to define your personal style.
Find your Style Icon
The probability of finding a single style icon who defines you? Kinda low. Most people are usually a mix, think a little Selena Gomez with a dose of Bella Hadid plus a dash of Rihanna. To identify who your main influencers are, start by doing a Pinterest search of “style icons” and save the images your eyes are drawn to. You’ll start to see a variety of your style icons who you can look for inspiration.
2. Put a Label on It
Take a few seconds to look through your inspirational photos, look past the names, and generate your focus on the outfits. Pick a few words that best describe the vibe of the looks. Are they classic, modern, eclectic, bohemian, or trend-forward? Note down some handful words that feel true to your style, and use them as a future reference, as they will help you clarify and define your work.
3. Snap the Winners
You know those awesome days when you walk out the door feeling like your most stylish self? Snap a picture for future reference. These are the outfits that illustrate your personal style and should serve as an inspiration for spin-off outfits.
4. Choose a Signature Piece
Audrey Hepburn had her cropped pants and ballet flats, Anna Wintour has her oversize sunglasses. All fashionable women own a signature item or two that becomes part of their style identity. Yours can be as simple as a personalized piece of jewelry or as memorable as a leopard coat.
5. Take Note of Repeats
Do you have a closet full of tees or ankle boots? There’s a reason your closet has an excess of a certain item. You purchase these items again and again because they make you feel happy and comfortable. As long as the item is complementary and works for your signature style, I advise you to embrace these repeat offenders. As mentioned in step four, it’s not a bad thing to rely on a signature piece.
6. Identify the Odd Piece Out
Go through your closet, take a hard look at it and notice any pieces that don’t compliment your overall vibe. Chances are that your odd pieces symbolize a style you like but aren’t fully comfortable with trying it. If you’re aiming to evolve your look or try something new, consider going after pieces that feel more like an aspirational item.
Play your strengths
Is there something people give you compliments on? Whether it’s your amazing choice of footwear or your ability to style dresses like no one else, wearing clothes that accentuate your best style strengths will always look stylish, no matter what is currently trending.
Don’t Forget the Whole Package
While we’re usually mainly concerned with clothing and accessories, true style encompasses beauty, too. If you’re not happy with your beauty look, you’re never going to feel as fashionable as you can be.
Trust your instincts, and wear what makes you feel like the most awesome version of yourself. If you have a more classic style, wearing the season’s most out-there trend pieces is going to look bizarre. Similarly, if you coordinate with Rihanna’s tough-meets-glamorous appeal, then a floral maxi dress may not be your best bet. The chances are you’ve already got a winning sense of style, so enfold it, refine it, and don’t be opposed to it.