In my last post, I was talking about how important it is for you to discover and embrace your own personal style. However, I understand how much of a struggle this can be. To find what speaks to you in the sense of fashion can be truly difficult. Therefore, I’ve decided to walk you through some steps on how to discover your own sense of personal style!
In terms of style, I want to encourage you to find what you like and what looks good on you so that when you find yourself buying fashion items, you do not shop based on only trends. But based on the fact that, whatever you buy is a reflection of who you are. Do not forget that your sense of style is highly defined by your interests as well as your lifestyle.
Follow these amazing tips in finding out about your personal style!
1. Be confident!
As Diane Von Furstenburg has rightly put when she said “Confidence. If you have it, you can make anything look good”.
This is the first hurdle you have to cross when you’re looking to discover and embrace your personal style. You need to be confident about your skin tone, body shape and personal preferences. Don’t ever compromise because of insignificant reasons. Remember to always be your own cheerleader.
This is rule number 2 when you’re trying to find your personal style. Stop cluttering! You may own so many fashion items that are not in sync with one another in your wardrobe. But the point is not to own so many fashion accessories that you don’t even use! The point is to find the select few/many that you like and treasure them so well. Identify the trends that you don’t like and do away with them.
3. Develop goals!
Ask yourself this: How do I want to present myself to the world? Considering your work, your environment and your lifestyle? When you can answer yourself this, go ahead and start the journey on building excellent personal style that’s not only “goals” for you but goals for other people around you.
4. Trust your instincts!
Maybe they are not always right, but it can’t even be that bad. Trust your instincts when it comes to item choices because believe me, that is your inner self speaking to you on what you want and what you should choose to do. Identify the fashion trends that you don’t like and do away with whatever doesn’t make your heart sing.
5. Ask for help!
Do not hesitate to ask people around you for help. Not all opinions/suggestions are confusing. Some, if properly sieved might turn out to be great tips that you’ve not recognised in your style. Talk to your friends, people you shop with for what they see in you that you may not see yet.
6. Find your signature!
At one point in everyone’s life, we all discover our signature items. What can’t you really do without when you’re planning your outfit? What makes you feel confident the most when you wear/use it? Find this and make it your signature item. It could be a colour, accessory or anything. There’s absolutely nothing wrong in having a uniform that you can rely on, on rainy days. It does not always have to be what you repeat, you can as well play with so many variations of what you own. People would respect and admire you for it!
7. Invest in your style!
Once you start recognizing these things that you wear that makes you feel good, start investing in them. Invest in the colours that you like and the fashion accessories that you know compliments your looks.
8. Be your own style icon!
It’s okay to have role models and fashionable celebrities that you look up to. But you need to understand that, asides from the fact that you really admire someone and you want to cop their style, adding a little amount of your own “vibes” earns you extra brownie points. From yourself and definitely from the people around you.
There’s really no magic behind finding one’s true personal style, it all depends on one’s perception of oneself and the extent to which one is willing to own one’s style and be proud of it.
Oyindamola is a freelance writer who recently finished her University education at the University of Ibadan. She’s currently a prospectively corps member. When she’s not writing, she’s a website developer. She blogs on her own personal page at www.thateternalchild.wordpress.com