Style: a distinctive appearance to which something is designed.
As some of you already know, I love fashion. I read it, wear it, and live it. Throughout the past few years, I’ve found that my choices in clothing have evolved drastically. I remember being the quiet, acne-covered, insecure girl who wore baggy pants and Baby Phat shirts. Believe me, a lot has changed. With the help of a thing called “confidence” and a few flips of InStyle and Vogue, slowly I became aware of what I wanted my wardrobe to look like. I am going to provide some tips when it comes to finding your true style. Have a look below.
1. Know who you are:
How do you dress? Conservative? Casual? Glamorous? Plain Jane? These are some of the questions you should be asking yourself when finding your true style. What appeals to you the most? Also other things to consider:
AGE: Make sure your style is appropriate to your age. Believe me, nobody wants to see a mid-forties woman wearing what they wore during their mid-puberty days. I mean its okay to look youthful, but not too youthful.
LIFESTYLE: Sure pumps are nice for a city girl, but will they be considered “chic” in the countryside? Be sure that you choice of style is suitable for your surroundings. Be a LIFEstyler!
YOUR JOB: Consider the dress code at your job or the career that you want to get into. If you have your choice of job, then feel free to add your own twist to your wardrobe, just don’t overdo it. Have a look at my take on the chic look (left) and a casual look (right). Nothing wrong with being versatile.
2. Get Inspired:
Look at celebrities that capture the style that you want to have or skim through a pile of fashion magazines. I remember my mom used to come home with copies of InStyle, Vanity Fair, and Vogue. I would lock myself in my room, skimming through each page in awe of the clothes. I actually created a poster called “Voguepedia” where I ripped out old pictures from Vogue and made them into a collage on a white cardboard poster. I took pictures of what I thought looked cool and made it into my own. Another rule: don’t be a copycat! Why? 1.) It’s not original 2.) Why would you want to spend $1,275 on a pair of Balenciaga cutout boots because Nicole Richie wore them to go grocery shopping?
Choose garments that show off your best features. For example, if you have curves like Kim Kardashian, accentuate them with a nice slim fitted dress or some curve-hugging skinny jeans. If you have a boyish figure, wear a peplum top, skirt, or pants. With that extra peplum, it adds just the amount of extra curviness.
4. Look at your wardrobe:
Instead of going out and buying an entire new wardrobe, have a look at your closet first and see what garment that you have that relate to the particular style you’re aiming for. You can also take the time to do some seasonal cleaning. Figuring out which garments you wear and don’t wear. Create a pile for the clothing that you don’t wear and put it in a black garbage and donate it to Goodwill. It beneficial for not only your closet, but for the next person who could use some clothes on their back.
Every wardrobe needs essential pieces to go with different garments. It’s best start with small essentials and work your way up. Does this blouse look good with these pants? Does this shirt go well with my skin tone? Are these shoes comfortable? For example, check out the list I created below.
6. Budget! Budget! Budget!
I am guilty of this last one. I can’t help it, I love designer garments such as Marc Jacobs, YSL and Rebecca Minkoff. I find myself carrying Artizia bags instead of grocery bags, their clothes feed me more. It’s been over three months and I haven’t even made any of those wallet-burning garments because, 1.) I have a budget 2.) My wardrobe is on the verge of a fashionably dramatic explosion. Also take this time to ask yourself “Do I really need this?” or “Is this dress worth $89?” (Aritzia made me do it I swear). If you stay within a budget, who knows how much you’ll save. All that money you spent on that lamé dress could of contributed to a plane ticket out of the country.
Hope these tips helped you into finding your style as it did to me. No matter what, the most important thing to keep in mind when rocking your style is to always have confidence. Ok sure, people might laugh at you, but eventually those who laugh at you, will follow and call you for styling tips! Mwahahaha!!