Finding your personal style can be very overwhelming at times, especially when you are trying to keep up with all the latest trends. Have you ever had one of those moments when you create a banging outfit in your head, go to try it on, look in the mirror and think “what the hell was I thinking”? Yup, me to! In fact, I have been there many times before and it still happens to me quite regularly. In a way, I think its a good thing. It means your pushing yourself to explore new options with the way you dress even if you do end up looking like a clown. It is so easy to get stuck in a rut when styling ourselves which makes us gravitate to our “safe” outfits more than we probably should. Now, I am no expert but I have come up with a few ways to find your own style and make you feel good/confident in the outfits you wear.
Create capsule wardrobe
I’d say the first thing to do is strip it all back to basics and create a capsule wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe is a collection of basic pieces that never go out of style.
Capsule Wardrobe Essentials:
**I have linked some examples**
**Primark and H&M are good places to shop for these basics. You can choose to invest in pieces such as leather jackets/handbags/shoes if you really want them to last**
Once you have your capsule wardrobe you can start to mix and match. Create a stylish “go to” outfit such as jeans and a nice blouse. It is still chic and can help you when you’re stuck on what to wear. Once you have the basics you need you can start injecting some colour and personality into your wardrobe. That brings me to finding some inspiration.
One of my favourite things to do in my spare time is look for outfit inspo. I can honestly spend hours on apps like Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram looking for outfits to recreate. Pinterest is a really good app for finding ways to style a certain piece of an outfit. For example, if I see a purple faux fur coat that I really want to purchase but not sure how to style, I use the Pinterest search engine to see how other people have styled a purple faux fur coat. This leads me to creating a board on Pinterest. Creating a board allows you to pin your favourite looks all together so that you can refer back to it when you are stuck on what to wear. A bit like a virtual scrapbook. There is tons of outfit inspiration on Pinterest and pinning to my boards can get very addictive!
Instagram is one of my favourite ways to find inspiration. Follow some cool fashion accounts that are similar to your style that will inspire you to try new things. How do you find these accounts? By exploring hashtags! Typing in hashtags such as #fashionblogger #styleblogger #fashion will help you find some new accounts to follow. Using the explore page will also draw you to new accounts (I love using this method). Instagram has a feature where you can save peoples pictures to a collection (a bit like Pinterest). I have a collection called “outfit inspo” where I save looks from my favourite accounts.
Jacket – Zara (sold out)
Jeans – Asos
Boots – Forever Fever
Dress for your Shape/Height
This is something I have only just started doing. For the longest time, I would try to recreate an outfit only to realise that it didn’t look right on me. Then it hit me! I am a completely different body shape and height to the girl I got the inspo from haha! I love the whole androgynous style. The straight cut jeans, the slouchy t-shirts and the oversized blazers but for a girl that is 5’2″ with boobs and a bum, guuurl that ain’t gonna work. So I decided to dress in ways that were going to look flattering for my body type. I’m not saying you HAVE to do this, it is just what made me feel comfortable in my outfits.
As well as dressing for your height and shape, you also want to take your personality into consideration. I am quite a girly girl so like to express that through my outfits. Also, take note of what colours work well for your skin tone, it’s going to help you get out of just wearing black, even if it is an easy option.
Listen to peoples compliments and take it on board, you obviously look great so use that outfit to create similar ones.
Adding accessories is a great way to spice up an outfit. It can change up an outfit completely but still keep in mind less is more. My favourite way to accessorise an outfit is through a nice crossbody bag. I have linked some HERE HERE HERE. Like I mentioned earlier, it is wise to have a few neutral bags to go with every look. However, there is nothing wrong with getting a statement bag to be the focus of a look. HERE is one I love! Sunglasses are not only good for keeping the sun out of your eyes, they add a bit of sass to an outfit. I have sometimes based an outfit around my sunglasses haha. My favourite styles are HERE HERE.
Have fun with trends
Once you have your basics and your accessories you can start having a bit of fun. When it comes to trends, try not to shy away from them. Give them a go! I would just recommend going for a cheaper option in case you decide that trend doesn’t really work for you. Taking a cheeky mirror selfie will also help you decide if this trend is working well for you. Its all about trial and error. I never thought berét hats would suit me until I tried them out. Now, I love them and probably have one in every colour!
Finding your personal style is a working progress. I am still trying to figure out what works best for me. I have found that as long as I feel comfortable and confident in an outfit, that is all that matters. Please let me know if you enjoyed this post and if you have tried any of my tips!