Finding Your Own Personal Style – Where to Start
Like many, my love for fashion sprung out of a desire to find my own personal style. After wearing a sweatshirt and jeans for four years during college, I found myself caught in a slump following graduation. It was not a fun place to be, I had low self-esteem and always felt frumpy; I wanted so much to look effortless, confident, and put together. I tried to break free from the negative self-image by throwing out all of my treasured sweatshirts, eliminating that as a wardrobe option. Although this was a great place to start, I found that I was lost in the department store, not sure what pieces would work for my body type and desiring simply to be comfortable. Trying on clothing item after item and being dissatisfied did not help either so I decided to give myself a crash course in style.
This is when I started devouring books on the topic of personal style and started studying how actresses with a similar body shape to mine styled their clothing. Most celebrities have a stylist so doing this really is like being your own personal stylist without having to spend thousands of dollars. This was an amazing education and it helped me figure out what sort of pieces I was drawn to and the items that helped express who I was/wanted to be. That being said, I would highly recommend a wardrobe consultant if you can afford one. A wardrobe consultant will help you wade through the fashion abyss and identify your personal style while educating you on the cuts and colors that flatter you. If this is not an option do not get discouraged, I know where to start without having to spend a single dollar and it only takes some magazines, scissors, glue, and a little bit of patients.
The first step in identifying your own personal style is making a collage of items you absolutely adore. Do not get caught up in cut and color at this point, just get an idea of the items that you like so you can identify your personal style. Are you drawn to preppy pieces? How about edgy pieces? Do you find you are drawn to basic pieces or do you like a more eclectic vibe? Figure out what items you identify with and wish you had in your wardrobe. Is there a celebrity you wish you could dress like? Goggle images of your favorite celebrity to print for your board (although I highly recommend going wild at this point, do keep in mind your lifestyle, if you are a stay at home mom a board covered in dresses celebrities wore on the red carpet will offer limited insight). Dive into some magazines and clip out only the pieces you love, if this means cutting a model in two because the top is hideous, do so! If this sounds like too much work, simply log into Pinterest and start pinning, you can literally pin away for a few hours and get an idea of the sort of items you are drawn to, it doesn’t get much easier then that.
Finding your personal style takes a bit of legwork, but it is worth it in the end. Have fun with this little project; it is the first step in making a change that will without a doubt change your life. I know that sounds superficial, and maybe it is on some level, but feeling good about how you look really does improve your life overall, I promise.
In the meantime if you would like to read some books on the topic here are a few of my personal favorites, but don’t be afraid to scour the book shelf at your local library or favorite book store to find one that appeals to you! These are a few of the books I started my style education with:
Style A to Zoe by Rachel Zoe
Instyle- The New Secrets of Style by Jennifer Alfano
The Lucky Guide To Mastering Any Style by Kim France and Andrea Linett
Happy clipping, pinning, and reading! I will post the next step in the process in the days to come.