Eight Step Guide To Defining Your Personal Style

The struggle for me in finding my personal style was too real and with these style tips, I was able to hone in on my very own personal style. So, keep scrolling for a few tried and true tips on defining your own personal style.

1. Stock Up On Outfit Inspiration

Outfit inspiration is so important, especially when it comes to figuring out what your personal style is and finding ways to develop a signature uniform. This also serves as a great way to become more in tune with how to style certain clothing, especially those you already have in your wardrobe. You can gather lots of outfit inspiration from platforms like Pinterest and Instagram, fashion publications like Vogue, The Zoe Report, and Refinery29, or people like your favorite style bloggers, influencers, and celebs. 

Who is your style icon? Try to build a list of a few different people whose style you admire. This can help you see patterns in what types of clothing, color palettes, and outfit recipes you gravitate toward. So, find someone who has a defined personal style that resonates with you. Then, take inspiration from them when curating your own everyday looks.

For example, my style icons include Bella Hadid, Lori Harvey, Janice Joostema, and Kelsey Simone! I love how each of them pairs a blend of contemporary pieces, high fashion pieces, and streetwear into one cohesive look. On the other hand, I admire Audrey Hepburn and her style, there's just something about her style that is so classic and chic which I adore and like to draw inspiration from as well.

2. Build A Wardrobe With A Blend of Basics and Statement Pieces

Start out by building a wardrobe of basics, because it will be the foundation of all of your outfits. Once you've built a wardrobe of basic pieces, incorporate trendy statement pieces into your wardrobe, as well. Trends are great, but they shouldn't be your entire look, so, switch it up by mixing up your basic clothing pieces with trendy clothing pieces to create a complete look tailored to your personal style. 

3. Experiment With Clothing

Go on a trip to different stores and just try on clothes to figure out what fits you best, what you like, and what you don't like. You will come to discover what you like to wear, what looks good on you (colors and style-wise), and what fits your body best. Not only that, but you will also start to build a list of the right stores you can shop from for particular styles you love.

4. Create A Style Board

Now, this may be a little extra, but it could really help some people define their personal style. Once you've found some style icons that resonate with you, grab a poster board or canvas and build a moodboard with a compilation of fashion inspiration you pull from magazines or printed images. Alternatively, you can create a digital one using Pinterest to save lots of your favorite looks to an inspiration board. This is a great way to encapsulate your personal style visually and always remain inspired.

5. Confidence Is Everything

The greatest accessory of any outfit is confidence. Confidence is what makes or breaks an outfit—you can wear any trendy outfit possible, but when you're not feeling yourself in that outfit, it will show. So, always opt for something that you feel comfortable in because that energy will radiate no matter what.

6. Don't Define Your Style Based On Trends

Who cares if a certain outfit or clothing item isn't "in style" anymore. Wear what you want because it makes you look and feel good. Creating a signature look this way also adds character that people can attribute uniquely to you. So, never be afraid of being "out of style" because let's get real, so many classics, silhouettes, and styles of the past continue to make their comeback.

7. Purchase More Of What You Like

If you find clothing pieces you like, don't be afraid to buy a couple more variations of those things. I, for one, love leather styles, dainty necklaces, blazers, knit dresses, and chunky platform boots. I tend to get variations of each when building my wardrobe with different clothing pieces that I genuinely like and will continue to wear seasonally. So, shop for things you truly like to wear, to build your wardrobe with clothing pieces that you will wear time and time again.

8. Don't Put Yourself In A "Style Bubble"

When it comes to defining your personal style, don't feel pressured to put yourself in what I call a "style bubble". A style bubble is an idea that you belong in one of the following style groups: girly...preppy...androgynous...classy...the list goes on. For me and many other people, we're grabbing inspiration from all different types of styles and then curating our own looks. So, don't feel pressured to conform to one set style, because it does hinder your ability to explore different outfits and figure out what you truly love style-wise. Not to say that you can't have a focal point of style inspiration, but do try and experiment with other clothing pieces and looks to find your personal style.

At the end of the day, curate looks to your liking to define your personal style and just keep on serving looks. 

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