how to find your personal style

I feel like everyone has had somewhat of a fashion evolution. From learning to dress for the sake of it to then dressing for an occasion or purpose, our style changes and develops. However, not everyone likes their style, they don’t like what’s in their wardrobe, and they don’t like what they wear. I know I have definitely felt like this on multiple occasions. But more recently, I feel like I am really settling in my style. I’ve found colours and shapes that work for me and that I love to wear. So I thought in this post I thought I’d share with you all my eight tips for finding your personal style.

EXPERIMENT

How can you find something new and cool to wear if you don’t try it out? Experimentation is so key. You need to test and try new things to wear, that is how you will find what it is you like to wear and don’t like to wear. I would never have fallen in love with oversized jeans if I hadn’t of tried them on, I wouldn’t have loved neutrals as much as I do if I hadn’t of picked up a couple of shades to wear and style. Those are just two examples. Take a risk, try on something you’ve always wanted to be able to pull off. You might just find something new to wear. But I also think experimenting allows you to always keep your style constantly evolving.

SHOP VINTAGE OR SECOND-HAND

This was such a game-changer for me when I was trying to mix up what I wore. I am very much a huge advocate for shopping second hand now because of all of the benefits. But it is true, second-hand/ vintage clothes are just better, they just took a little longer to find a really amazing piece. The thing with vintage clothing is that no one else probably has it or that it is something totally unique to anything else you own. I would not have an obsession with oversized shirts if I hadn’t started shopping second-hand. If you are super creative, upcycling second-hand clothes is such an amazing way to develop a new style. I’ve found prints and colours I’ve loved, done a little bit of sewing and boom, a new favourite clothing piece.

DECLUTTER THE CLOTHES THAT DON’T EXCITE YOU

I get it… declutting clothes are tough and it can be a difficult task. However, you can’t really develop a new style or wardrobe if you still own clothes that don’t excite you. If you have clothes in your wardrobe that you don’t love, don’t wear, or don’t find flattering, get rid of them. You want to look at your clothes and feel inspired when decided what to wear. Okay, so I’m not like this every day, because joggers are life, but you get what I mean. When making an effort with your clothes you want to look in your wardrobe and want to wear everything. I also did a blog post all about how to declutter your wardrobe so I will link that here.

FIND WHAT IS FLATTERING ON YOU

Do a little research and a little experimenting, and you really can find what is flattering for you. We are all unique in the way we look and our style should reflect that. Find colours that suit your skin tone, silhouettes that are flattering and try them out. Maybe not all of them will work for you, but it will give you an indication as to what works for you and what doesn’t. Personally, I find a-line skirts super flattering over a skater style or bodycon and I only figured that our from a little research and trying on a couple of styles of skirt.

BUILD AROUND YOUR STAPLE PIECES

If you want to change up your personal style but don’t know how, this would be one of the first things I suggest. Find your staple pieces. Clothes that you could never get rid of because they are flattering, a basic, your most worn and a general staple in your wardrobe. Once you find those, try and build your style around that. Take a pair of blue skinny jeans, a staple in so many people’s wardrobe. Try and find pieces in your wardrobe to wear with those skinny jeans, and pick things you wouldn’t really think of. Whether that be a pair of heels, a crop top or an oversized jacket. Try it on. Experiment with you staple pieces by trying on new outfit combos. It really encourages you to get creative with your clothes.

SET NOT BOUNDARIES WHEN STYLING

A very similar point to my last one but this goes for everything in your wardrobe. Find new ways to style it. Everything in my wardrobe can be paired with at least five other things in my wardrobe. And that is mainly because I set no boundaries for myself. If I want to wear double denim, that is exactly what I will do. If I want to wear oversized jeans with an oversized sweatshirt, that is what I will do. Stop telling yourself, ‘oh I can’t wear those together‘. Try it out first before creating that boundary. Not only will you be encouraged to try out some more unique outfit combos, but you may even find your new favourite outfit.

SEEK INSPIRATION

Your new style isn’t going to hit you in the face anytime soon, you’ve got to go and seek it. Browse Pinterest, Instagram, magazines, books, films, and find anything clothing related that you like the look of. It could be a colour combo, a print, an outfit, anything that you see and you feel inspired by. Make a note of it. I have so many Pinterest boards filled with outfit ideas and fashion inspiration depending on the season. So whenever you feel uninspired or you want to try something new, browse those notes, Pinterest boards, Instagram saves and see if there is something you could try. Some of my favourite clothing pieces wouldn’t have been bought without the inspiration from Instagram so definitely give this a try.

FIND CONFIDENCE IN WHAT YOU WEAR

You may already know your style or what you want it to be, but if you aren’t confident in it, then it isn’t worth anything because you won’t wear it. Confidence is key in so many aspects of your life and fashion can be one of them. You should feel amazing in everything you wear because you love it, it’s flattering or because it’s super comfortable. Anything. But I don’t know about anyone else, but some of my clothes are associated with an emotion or feeling. If someone compliments me on my clothes, I will remember and so whenever I wear it again, I feel confident. But if I wear clothes that aren’t comfortable, make me feel/ look a certain way, then I don’t associate it with that confidence that would make me want to wear those clothes again.

So whatever you wear, you want to feel confident in it. Forget other people’s opinions, if you feel confident then wear it because at the end of the day, that is what will make your style shine.

I feel like that is a great way to end this post. I also want to make a point that you don’t need to have a set style, I know I don’t. This is more a post for those of you who want to experiment with your style and find some new cool bits to wear. But I’d love to know if you found any of these tips useful in the comments.
Stay safe,
Grace xx

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