Defining one’s personal style is typically not a one-word answer. It’s also not easy for most to truly identify what their style is or what they want their style to say about them. Personal Style can’t be found on Instagram or in magazines, or from a checklist of what you should have from the season’s trends list. To truly identify your style and create it, follow these tips for a more elevated, simplistic approach.
How To Find Your Personal Style
Choose your style words
This is the number one thing you need to do now. I’ve always said to pick your style adjectives and it is usually a mix of 2-3, but some experts are saying pick three so that it really breaks it down even further to ultimately give you the bigger picture. How do you want to portray yourself and be seen?
Adjective examples for using the 3 word rule would be; classic, modern with a twist: feminine, elegant, chic: edgy, casual, fun: sporty, minimalist, casual: Artsy, modern, chic. Once you land on these words the process gets easier.
TIP: If you aren’t sure, start making a mood board on Pinterest or the like, and I promise your words and style vision will come together.
Understand your body shape
To curate a wardrobe, it’s important to understand our shape and what flatters it. There are no hard fast rules to body shape dressing, but it does makes shopping a whole lot easier if you are doing it on your own. A professional stylist will always push you out of your comfort zone a bit to show you how you can wear almost anything you like with the right tailoring, styling, and accessories, but that takes a lot of work. Keeping it simple with a few “body shape guidelines” I promise will help you in the process.
Consider your lifestyle and budget
This is critical while doing our closet edit and shopping. You must think about where you go and what you do on a regular basis. The biggest challenge in the mornings is what to wear. Take this hassle out of the equation. If your lifestyle is WFH, or stay at home mom, or both, then your clothes should reflect this. If you work in an office, and maybe travel a lot for work, you need pieces that mix and match and travel well. If your day to night personal style changes then you should have a wardrobe that represents both.
Budget is a big word but once you move onto shopping you must consider where you shop and what you are willing to budget for the pieces on your wish list. The more you narrow this down the easier it will be to shop and curate a wardrobe.
Consider what makes you happy
What do you wear that you love? What do you put on that’s easy for you to style and pair back to create different outfit options? Take notice of these pieces as that will help when you are ready to shop. Most importantly they become the backbone to your wardrobe, and if things don’t feel as good as those pieces they should go.
After you have done this homework, you are now ready to edit your wardrobe without question. Whatever doesn’t fit your words, your body, or your lifestyle has to go. It’s a simple, pragmatic approach to editing your closet and clothes. In the end you should have a true sense of your personal style, a closet that reflects your style, and a whole lot of happiness 🙂
If you would like my help, I offer closet edits and personal styling both virtually and in-person, along with different comprehensive packages. Here’s a preview of my new fall package to help you with your fall shopping!