Today’s world affords us never-ending options to express our personal style. With so many options it can be hard to land on a uniform style for our day-to-day. We often find ourselves scrolling through social media and looking at friends and influencers who seem to have it all figured out. Having a coherent style and wardrobe can bring you confidence and help you feel more put together in everyday life. If you are struggling to figure out how to define your personal style, we’ve compiled some tips to help you get on the right track!
Having a coherent personal style starts with knowing yourself. First and foremost, what do you like to wear? Look at the clothes you already have and note any trends. Do you wear a lot of the same color? Do you have way more jeans than any other pairs of pants? What type of shirts do you wear most often? Knowing what you’re already comfortable in will be important so you don’t find yourself buying clothes that you will never wear.
Also important to consider is the context in which you’ll be wearing things. If you work in an office, you probably don’t want your daily outfits to be mostly sweatpants. Think about your job, events, and places you most often find yourself and consider what outfits are most appropriate in these spaces. Standing out is fine, but you don’t want to stand out for wearing a band t-shirt to an important business meeting.
Think About Your Goals
When defining your personal style, it can be helpful to figure out what your goals with that really are. Are you wanting to present more professional in your life? Or maybe you are looking to show your playful personality. Consider your goals and aspirations and try to align what you wear with how you want to present yourself to the world. We all have heard it before, but “Dress for Success” is a good tip to live by! If you present yourself professionally then more people will be likely to take you seriously.
Find Your Style Icons
Another great idea is to consider the inspirations behind your personal style. For example, are there any celebrities or public figures whose fashion you particularly admire? When looking for style inspiration, try not to copy someone’s look, but rather pay attention to the elements that you like and use that to inform your own style. Look at how they pair different garments, colors, and textures together, and in what settings they are doing so. Do they have a consistent theme across their wardrobes? Try to dissect the elements you like rather than just buying everything you see them wearing.
Finding your personal style is less about creating something new and more about knowing yourself better. Taking the time to understand your likes, dislikes, goals, and limitations are the most important parts of defining your looks. Trust your instincts when you’re not sure. Defining your style doesn’t have to happen immediately either; it’s an ongoing process. Don’t rush yourself, buy one or two things to start and see how they feel. Society can put pressure on us to look a certain way but remember that life is a journey and change is the only constant. Go with the flow and most importantly, have fun!
What are your wardrobe staples? Let us know what you can’t go without in the comments below!