"Style is something each of us already has, all we need to do is find it."
-Diane von Furstenberg
Sounds easy, right? But we all know it's not as simple as it sounds. It takes a lot of trial and fails when searching for your personal style, but don't worry about making mistakes along the way. Developing your personal style is a journey, not a destination and experimanting with different styles should be fun!
Finding your personal fashion style is all about getting to know yourself and be confident about it. Your style is the mirror of your taste, interest, desires, inspirations and history. Show the world the aspect you want to express through your style!
Knowing your personal style makes dressing in the morning and shopping for clothes so much easier. When you know what flatters you the most, you know what to look for in stores and never make any mistakes again. Here are some tips to help you find and express your true style.
1. Find inspiration
Skim through magazines, fashion sites and blogs to find your inspiration. Pinterest and Tumblr are also great places to find the trends you like. Save the photos of your favourite outfits and style icons in a folder and find a pattern of what you like. Translate those looks into your own style. You can even print those images and make your own scrapbook. I have mine and it's so much fun (and relaxing)!
Have your eyes open for things around you! It doesn't have to be celebrities or bloggers that inspire you, it can be your friends, sister, colegues or even nature and architecture that surrounds you.
2. Style = individuality
Like I said, your personal style is reflection of who you are. Writing down the qualities that describe you the most is a great place to start. Ask yourself How do you want others to see you? Which of your features do you want to show the world? Do you want others to see you as a smart and independent woman? Or do you want to give them an impression of a cute and flirty girl? Once you answer these questions, think what kind of clothes represent your personality the most.
3. Keep a journal
Great thing to monitor your style journey is to keep a journal of your looks. You can start by taking OOTD photos on Instagram or even create your own fashion blog (it can be for your eyes only). Your style will evolve through the years and it should. Journal will give you a better picture of what looks good on you and which type of clothes don't flatter you at all.
4. Understand your body
The most important thing when finding your own style is to really know your body shape. Some say Wear whatever you like, as long as you feel comfortable in it. I mean.. when was fashion ever comfortable? I don't think there is anyone that can pull off every single trend or outfit.
The most important thing is to accept your body and emphasize the good parts and hide those little flaws. There are so many different shapes and patterns that can work in your favour! If you have slim legs, expose them with skinny floral pants. If you want to hide your wide hips, wear high-waisted A-line skirt and bring the attention to your upper part with bright shirt.
5. Get basic pieces
Easy way to start creating your personal style is to get basic pieces and start building your look around them. You can never go wrong with jeans, simple white tee and a leather jacket (as long as they fit you perfectly!). From there, add your own touch to the look, whether it's a bright bag, chunky earrings or stock of rings. Find accessories and jewelry that represent your personality the most. But keep in mind that less is still more.
6. Don't be a fashion slave
I found a great quote that says it all: "Fashion is what you're offered four times a year. Style is what you pick out of that fashion."
I'm often annoyed when I see girls and bloggers following every single trend that occurs (skorts, Birkenstocks and mules being just some of them). Don't do this! Don't be a trend slave! Have your own voice and pick the trends that flatters you and which you wear because you actually like them (and not because EVERYONE is wearing them). There are so many trends that no doubt you won't find some that work for your figure and personality.
All that said, the most important thing is to feel good in what you wear.. to really feel YOU! So be confident and let your awesome style speak for you.