A few years ago my personal style was kind of a jumble of confusion with no clear direction. When I went shopping I chose things willy nilly, with no purpose or reasoning and ended up with a closet full of non-cohesive pieces . Now, several years later, I’ve figured out my style and want to share a few tips on how I found it and how you can find yours.
I’ll let you in on a little secret: figuring out your style isn’t the key…figuring out what’s flattering to your body and what you feel comfortable and happy in is key. And once you find pieces that fulfill that criteria, the style just comes. And it’s uniquely yours.
Here are 9 tips to help you find those flattering and confidence-building pieces that will come together to create a fabulous style:
- Look to other women for style references and see what styles and pieces you’re regularly drawn toward.
- Don’t feel like “finding your style” means you have to choose one style, like boho or preppy or mod — style is about being creative and fun, and intermixing specific styles is absolutely part of that.
- Look in your closet and see what pieces you wear over and over (besides sweats, of course). What do you love about those pieces? If they are flattering pieces that make you feel confident, that’s a good place to start, and when shopping, look for similar pieces, or ones that compliment those pieces.
- What colors do you gravitate toward, or which ones do you look best in? Find a color palette that compliments your skin and hair tones, and use that as a jumping-off point, since you know pieces in those hues will be flattering.
- Be adventurous once in a while. If you are willing to step out of your comfort zone occasionally, you might find a style gem. You never know what will look amazing on you until you try it (also, don’t knock it ’til you try it!)
- Be honest with yourself about what works for your body type and what doesn’t. If it doesn’t work, don’t let it into your closet!
- Skip trends that you know don’t work with other things in your closet. If you can’t think of at least 2 or 3 things you already own that would work with this new trend, don’t bother.
- Recognize that more clothes doesn’t equal more style. A small closet full of remixable, flattering pieces is so much better than a huge closet of non-cohesive and unflattering ones.
- And most important of all, only buy and wear things that make you feel good about yourself!