Tips for Identifying Your Personal Style
The fashion world is bursting with a myriad of fashion aesthetics, from prep-school chic to streetwear flair. With so many types of looks, one would think that it would be easy to cultivate one’s sense of style. However, with so many possibilities, it can be challenging to see what style you already have, let alone cultivate it.
For those who want to embrace a new look, following these tips for identifying your personal style will help you see where your style is and take it to the next level.
Look at What You Already Have
Take the time to go through your own wardrobe and throw out or donate the clothes you haven’t worn in a while or don’t like very much.
Once you’ve done that, look at what you have left. What do the pieces have in common? What is it that you like about them? What makes these pieces different from the ones you got rid of? It’s incredible just how much your taste in everything from patterned pants to hats will tell you about yourself.
Explore (and Challenge) Trends
Trends can be tricky to navigate when it comes to figuring out your own sense of fashion. By nature, trends are what “everyone else is doing,” so many people’s first instinct is either to conform to every trend or to reject them outright.
But there isn’t anything wrong with shopping the trends for style ideas. Ultimately, the best way to identify your personal style is to find what you like and what you don’t. Add pieces of trends that you enjoy to your wardrobe, but don’t be afraid to leave the ones you don’t like on the rack.
Experiment With Confidence
Even as you discover the things about your style you already like, it’s important to be open to things you didn’t think you’d like before. Go to stores you typically wouldn’t, or try on outfits that don’t seem like they will look good on you. You may find you like them more than you think.
And as you experiment, don’t worry about what others think about your look. If you ultimately decide the new style isn’t for you, you can always take an outfit back to the store and try something else.