Have you spent the past few months living in activewear and pyjamas? Are you at the point where you feel like your wardrobe doesn’t reflect who you are? The key to looking and feeling great in what you wear isn’t about following the latest fashion trends. Instead, it’s about staying true to your style. Defining your personal style is about finding fashions that you love. You don’t even need to do a complete wardrobe swap! Instead, curate your style around a few essential items.
No matter where you are on your path, certain things can help you curate your personal style.
The key? Wear what makes you smile
We’re sure you’ve heard it before, but it really is true: the more confident you feel in your own style, the more confidence you project to others.
Whether you’ve just started to figure out how to dress to show off your curves or are fully embracing the pinup look complete with petticoats and heels, figuring out what makes you the happiest is a huge part of the personal style puzzle. After all, if you love your outfit and feel great in it, you’ll find that your smile infects those who pass you on the street! Win-win right?
So, how do you hone in on what your style is?
There are plenty of ways to unearth your style. Some great questions to start you down your path of discovery are:
What makes you happy? Is it colours, patterns of the feel of the fabric?
What makes you feel less confident? Do you despise low-cut or tight-fitting shirts?
Do you have a friend whose style you absolutely love?
Has a stranger on the street turned your head with their outfit?
These questions are a great place to kickstart your thoughts! You can narrow down your style even more with these tips.
Be a Style Spy!
Look for inspiration everywhere and write down what appeals to you! Create a Pinterest board of favourite outfits and let your originality shine by creating your own style mashup. You can also take to Instagram accounts for those who have a style you love. Again, write down or save an album of looks you love and let them guide your wardrobe for 2022.
Identify a signature piece
Do you have a pair of shoes that you love? A dress that is guaranteed to draw compliments? Or even a favourite print or pattern? If you’re looking to freshen up your look, choosing to keep one element you love is a great way to define your new style while staying true to yourself.
Go for fits that flatter
Take note of silhouettes that flatter your figure. Scroll through your camera roll and take note of any outfits you’ve rocked that you absolutely love. A common theme is often the silhouette or cut of the clothing. While you might be tempted to play it safe, don’t be afraid to look outside the box - something new might just surprise you.
Don't be afraid to be unapologetically you
If what makes you happy doesn’t match what your friends and family wear, don’t feel like you need to fit in. If your answer to “why are you dressed up in a floral prom to do the weekly supermarket shop” is simply “why not”... embrace that! Stay original and chances are those you love will soon see the spring in your step.
Don’t forget to look beyond clothing
Your style isn’t just about your clothes; it’s about your makeup, hair and accessories too! Your beauty look is as integral to your style as your clothes are so think about the full package and how you can reflect your style in your complete look.
Take your “must-have” list or inspiration board shopping with you and don’t be afraid to try something new. Dig into your wardrobe, cull what no longer sparks joy and pick some new pieces (including fresh accessories) that speak to who you want to be.
Most importantly, don’t forget that your style is all about you. The clothing we wear is a huge part of who we are and just like us, it’s normal for our style to be constantly evolving.