Fashion is a deeply personal thing. Well, it can be, and it especially is for us! We love the idea that the clothes we wear are a reflection of ourselves, and in a way, that’s an inescapable truth; no matter what you wear, it’s going to say something about you. Why not make sure that it’s speaking with your own voice? We’ve got a few tips on how to do just that, so without further ado, here’s how to incorporate your personal style into your everyday wardrobe!
Create your personal brand
You might not have to come up with your own catchphrase (although how cool would that be?!), but it’ll help you have a good understanding of just what makes your style unique. The strongest brands have a magnetism to them, and the same is true of people who know how to rock their personal style! But where would you even start to create a look that’s all you? Start by using simple adjectives to describe your favorite look, like ‘fun-loving, laidback, happy and unique’, or ‘chic, elegant, timeless and refined’, and pick out clothes that reflect those things. If you’re at a loss, think about a style you’d like to have, maybe from a personal fashion hero of yours. Compare it with your personality, and get rid of anything that you feel isn’t you. It’ll be a huge step in nailing down what your style is!
Take a look around grandma’s closet
Your personal history is something unique, and wholly yours. Chances are, you’ve spent a while around your parents and grandparents, to the point where there’s a lot of them in you. By borrowing something from your parent’s or grandparent’s closet, you’re literally putting on a piece of your family’s history - the vintage stuff, at least! Often, the most versatile pieces will be the one-of-a-kind things - like a vintage clutch or bag, silk scarf, or statement necklaces - that you just can’t buy anymore. You might find that there’s a lot of unique pieces in there that have a lot of their own style still left in them, and you can craft a look entirely your own from things that are filled with your family’s love.
Use accessories to add character
Accessories are the highlights to any look. They’re subtle enough so you can make a statement without hurting anyone’s eyes, but still say a lot about who you are, often in an inexpensive way! Think about what your favorite celebrities wear, or maybe even what the characters that they play are sporting: how could you channel some of that into your accessories? Simple things, like a watch, can say a thousand different things about you depending on what sort of style it is. The same is true for handbags and earrings, where a bigger bag could make you look practical, and hoop earrings can say that you’re a fun-loving girl. There’s so much to explore in accessories, so give it some thought, and you’ll be sure to come up with something that really reflects who you are what you love.
Think about what inspires you
Maybe there’s someone who’s got a fashion that you just can’t get enough of, and you’ve always wanted to look like them, but you’re afraid of ripping off their look. While you don’t want to steal it outright, you can draw inspiration from their unique look, and put it into your personal wardrobe. The people that you look up to say a lot about you, so emulating them in your style will tell the world a lot about you. But maybe it’s not a person, it’s a place that you’ve fallen in love with, or a destination that you want to experience someday. Sometimes, that’s even better! Think about what you love in that corner of the world, draw inspiration from their culture, and incorporate that into your everyday wear. A simple one, if you love Japanese culture, are kimono jackets, which are all the rage now in the hot summertime. It doesn’t have to be flashy, but it does have to be something you love!
Be true to you
While every tip is important, this one is definitely the one you don’t want to forget. No matter how much inspiration you draw from others, or how many clothes you borrow from grandma, or especially what other people are saying your style is - if it’s not true to your personality, it won’t look like you. Think of it like an editor, where everything has to meet your standard. It might sound like a headache, but it’s as simple as this: if you like it, wear it!
It’s the tried and true way of putting your spirit into the clothes you wear every day; if you wear only what you love, you’ll love what you wear, and nothing else will look better on you!