I remember being around aged sixteen, at college, with my own money for the first time, standing in the likes of Topshop and H&M and being completely lost looking at all these clothes in front of me. They were all beautiful and I remember seeing some of the stuff on people like Zoella, but ultimately, I would regularly walk out empty handed. Or, polar opposite, I would walk out with five or six pieces, all of which I’d wear once and never again. I guess I just never knew what my personal style was.
At aged 20, I now have a pretty good idea of what my style is; simple but with stand out, statement accents. I can walk into Topshop and H&M and know exactly what I like and what I don’t. I have more of an idea of what suits me, what looks good, what I feel comfortable in. All important qualities when it comes to creating and building your wardrobe. So today, I thought I would offer my advice on finding your own personal style.
01. Clean Out Your Closet
When it comes to working out your style, it’s a good idea to look at what you already own. Open up those closet doors and go through your wardrobe. Take each piece of clothing and work out when the last time you wore it was, if you wear it often, if you feel confident in it and if you actually like it. Do you like the cut? The material? How it sits on your body. If you’ve answered yes to all those questions, you’ve got yourself a piece you very obviously love and therefore you should keep. Edit out the pieces that perhaps you’ve realised you’ve only worn twice, that you don’t actually like all that much or doesn’t suit you. Just by doing this you’ll start to see a pattern and start to get a good idea of what works for you and that’s what you should stick with.
02. Find your Style Guru
When flicking through magazines, who’s style do you find yourself thinking ‘oooh, that looks good’ or ‘I always love what they’re wearing’? This is one of the first questions to ask yourself when it comes to finding your style. Find a celebrity or blogger who’s style you admire or like and see if you can find any statement pieces that they regularly wear that you love. For example, my style icon is Gigi Hadid. I love her effortless, simple style and how she focuses on one key concept every outfit whether that be one colour or a statement accessory, such as shoes.
03. Create a scrapbook/pin board.
Again, just like finding your style guru, grab your tablet or your laptop and get onto Pinterest. Browse the fashion boards and have a look at all the different styles you’ll see. Create a ‘style inspiration’ board (you can see mine here!) and pin all the images of the styles you like in there. Pin the styles that you could see yourself wearing and want to re-create. You can keep adding and removing pictures from this over time to keep constantly it updated with what you’re loving at the moment. My tip? Before you go out shopping or before you do an online shop, have a look at the board, give yourself last minute inspiration before you spurge, which helps to keep your mind (and your balance) in track with the hope that you’ll end up only buying what’s in your style. For example, the top I’m wearing in this post? I saw Kendall Jenner (another style babe!) wearing something similar, which I loved, so when I saw this on ASOS, I happily brought it and I’m obsessed with it!
05. Jazz it up!
Once you’ve started to ‘get’ your own style and you’re starting to see what you love, it’s time to jazz it up with some statement accessories that you can pair with more than one outfit. For example, take these sunglasses I’m wearing in this post. The reflective rainbow makes them a pretty statement piece but because my wardrobe is mainly monotone or grey or nude, these goes with pretty much everything. Other statement pieces could be a watch, find one you’re completely in love with, find one that will go with several outfits and you’ve got yourself a winner. Jewellery, bags and even shoes all count, find that perfect piece. Buy that perfect piece and go out and adore that perfect piece.
06. You’re Your Best Judgement.
Finally, the last puzzle piece in the jigsaw of finding your own personal style is you. You are you’re own best judgement. It’s so important to stay authentic and be true to yourself. If your style icon is wearing a bomber jacket and you don’t like bomber jackets, don’t buy one just because you feel you have to because they’re wearing and loving it. Want ripped jeans but your best friend don’t like them? Buy them! Buy and wear what you want to wear, what makes you feel a million dollars, what makes you want to strut down you’re own personal runway Victoria Secret style. Experiment with different styles and accessories until you find that ‘one’ piece that you just can’t get enough of. Stay true to your taste and you do you, use fashion as a way to express yourself and you’ll never get it wrong.