How to get your own unique style – Part 2
Style Edit15 Nov 2018 | Ask Sophie
Get to know yourself and your style
As a next step to elaborate a unique style, you should get a sense of what you feel most comfortable wearing. What are your most worn items? Why do those pieces make you feel good? What do you like about your current style and what do you want to change?
During this process always try to remember: Finding your personal style is not an easy task. And in case you get discouraged along the way, think about the end result. It will be worth it because knowing your unique style helps to achieve a sense of confidence and comfort in the way you dress. Imagine feeling like that every day – Amazing, right?
Tip 1: Take daily outfit pictures
To help to recognize which outfits worked and looked good and which ones didn’t, an outfit diary can be super helpful. Just use your phone or a Polaroid camera and take photos of every outfit for a period of one month. At the end of the day, write down some notes: How did you like your outfit? Did you feel comfortable wearing it? What was it, that made you feel uncomfortable? And what would you like to change next time? Would you go for another shape, different shoes or maybe for some more minimalistic accessories?
It might seem silly at first but it will help you discover what colors and shapes really suit you and figure out which type of clothes you actually end up wearing. This is an important step to identify your style and prevent you from making bad buys.
Tip 2: Assess your current wardrobe: Make a Key Pieces list
Creating a mood board and keeping an outfit diary gave you a clearer sense of what you like and what suits you? Perfect. Now you need to determine if you have all the basics necessary for your particular style.
Yes, when it comes to personalizing your style, it is all about experimenting and trying out new colors and shapes. But it is also important to maintain a core wardrobe composed of a few well-designed and high-quality pieces. Every spectacular wardrobe has to start with classic pieces, no matter what your personal style is.
So, start making a list of the key pieces you want in your wardrobe: Skinny jeans, a white oversized cotton shirt, a black blazer, a cashmere jumper. These are all pieces you can easily incorporate into a variety of looks, they can interchange from day to evening wear.
Also, add to the list some ideas of how you could combine your key pieces. This is great for future reference if one day you wake up and don’t know what to wear. Eventually, those days will not occur anymore!
Tip 3: Know what you want to accomplish
Take your notebook or journal and write down your goals – in life and in fashion. Do you want to appear more professional and confident at work? Do you want to feel more feminine? Do you want to look more unique in order to stand out from the crowd?
As a second step, think about which clothing pieces and accessories can help you accomplish those goals. If you want to get a new or high-powered job, for example, think about adding a few pieces to your suit collection. You’ll be amazed by how dressing in a suit can change your confidence and self-perception.
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