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How to Identify Your Fashion Style
Your personal fashion style will naturally change and evolve over time, but understanding and being comfortable with the image you want to present to the world every time you get dressed will help you to select key pieces that will stay in your closet for years and years to come.
You’re going to have to forgive us for getting a bit deep here, but you will quickly learn that finding your personal fashion style is much, much more than simply being able to identify your preferred clothing pieces at a glance. Instead, it is a key part of the process of understanding and being content with who you are. So, it is important to remember that uncovering your style isn’t about limiting yourself. Instead, it is about experimenting with pieces and outfits that help you to feel like yourself, having fun, and ensuring that you can truly maximize the value from the pieces in your closet that you have chosen to invest in.
So, if you’re ready to embark on the journey to identifying your personal style, here are some key steps to keep in mind.
Evaluate your Closet
Your current closet is an excellent place to start when it comes to understanding the direction you want to take your style. Take some time to look at which pieces make you happy and which pieces you find yourself pulling out over and over again. From here, you can evaluate the common characteristics between your favorite items and understand why they make you feel most like yourself.
Search for Inspiration
From print magazines to Instagram and fashion blogs, there is a plethora of fashion inspiration out there if you know where to look. Spend some time looking at the pieces your favorite fashion icons choose to pair together and create a folder or Pinterest board of the looks you’re most drawn to. Look at a selection of casual, professional and going-out looks, and make a note of the silhouettes, colors, patterns and textures that appeal to you.
Make a Mood Board
This step is often particularly useful if you can’t immediately see any commonalities between the different pieces and styles you find yourself interested in. After saving a selection of your favorite celebrity, influencer and blogger pictures, spend some time looking through your go-to designers and fashion brands and select a handful of new-in pieces that you really love. Even if the inspirational images you have put together initially feel very different from each other, often seeing everything in one place visually will help you to identify small details that are present throughout everything you love. So, you might discover that you are drawn to casual outfits that have light wash denim as the base or that you love the look of lace tops and loose maxi dresses.
The journey to finding your fashion style is as much about trial and error as it is about research. So, if you find a trend or a specific piece that captures your attention, it is important to try it on and see how it makes you feel about yourself. Don’t forget: you’ll learn as much by saying "No, this isn’t for me" as you will by saying "Yes, this suits me and makes me feel confident."
Explore the Value of a Capsule Closet
In essence, a capsule closet is comprised of a small selection of basics that can be mixed, matched and worn in a variety of combinations. If this is a concept that piques your interest, it is important to note that items in your capsule closet should be classic and versatile. Think simple tees, a leather jacket, and a little black dress. From here, you can choose to embrace simplicity wholeheartedly or use your capsule closet as a foundation and bring in more unique and trendy pieces to add a touch of additional excitement into your everyday dressing.
Sometimes others’ opinions can be invaluable, but it is important not to overlook your feelings in this process. Trusting your instincts will take you a long way through this process because it is imperative that your personal style makes you feel like yourself. If you feel uncomfortable or unsure, it will reflect in your body language and you won’t have the confidence to walk through life with ease. Remember, you’ve got this! So have fun, enjoy the process, and don’t be afraid to continue to try new things because this is how your style will continue to evolve and blossom.