You don’t have to be a celebrity to look like you stepped out of the pages of a magazine. Great personal style comes from being experimental and learning what works for you. From one cottonista to another, here are few tips on how to develop your personal style.
Identifying your personal style is all about taking a good look at your personality, interests, and lifestyle, and creating a look that’s true to you. Personal style isn’t just filling your wardrobe with the latest fashions; it’s about expressing your individuality through the clothes you wear. Fashion may have an expiration date, but great style doesn’t. Start by considering your personality. Are you conservative? Laid back? Vibrant? Free spirited? The key is to purchase styles that make you feel good. It may take a while before you find your niche, but the key is to trust your instincts and be open to a process of trial and error.
We’re huge fans of inspiration boards. They’re a great way to help you hone in on your likes and develop your personal style. Trend forecasters use a similar technique to provide inspiration for an upcoming trend. Your inspiration board can include anything from magazine clippings to photographs and text that inspire you. You can create one at home by browsing through the pages of your favorite magazines. If you’re more tech-savvy, you can create one like the one we posted above using a variety of online tools, including Pinterest and Polyvore. The best part? There are no rules, guidelines or limits. So start collecting images that inspire you and see how it all comes together.
Let It Go
It’s spring time! So why not do some spring cleaning? Going through the items you already have in your closet will help you get a better sense of what works for you and what doesn’t. Take a look at the clothing you wear most often and the items that spend most of their time collecting dust in the back of the closet. This process will not only help you analyze your current personal style, but it will also give you a better idea of how you want your look to develop.
Questions to ask yourself throughout the process:
Is it worn out, ripped or stained?
Does it fit?
Is it out of date?
Have I worn it in the last year?
Can it be altered or accessorized to bring it new life?
Does it fit in with my aspirational wardrobe?
Last but not least…
Whatever you do, have fun and wear clothes that make you feel good. Remember, personal style is about staying true to you. Once you begin exploring your likes and discovering your comfort zone, not only will your style will improve, but your self-perception will also. Is it time for a wardrobe overhaul? Get out there, begin to feel as good as you dress, and tell us how you discovered your personal style!
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