How To Find Your Personal Style
Time to find the signature you.
Let’s be honest: it can be pretty difficult to figure out what kind of clothes to wear. Sometimes we can’t always tell if we actually like what we’re wearing, or if we’re just wearing a trend because everyone else is wearing it.
But trust us on this: discovering your personal style is one of the most important things you can do. For starters, you have an instant guide when deciding what you buy. You’ll also be able to develop easy outfit formulas on days when you have no idea what to wear. And most importantly, whether you’re dressed up or dressed down, you’ll always feel confident as long as you’re wearing clothes that actually fit you — not just in terms of size and length, but also your personality.
Read on to know more about how you can build your own personal style below!
Look Out for Inspiration…
Put your Instagram feed to good use and seek out celebrities or influencers whose personal style you love. Make a list of what you particularly identify with, whether it’s Kylie Jenner’s laid-back athleisure, Kate Middleton’s classic elegance, or Jessica Jung’s K-Fashion.
Want to get started on finding some style inspo? Check out ZALORA’s Style Edit page to see what other people are wearing!
…And Make a Pinterest Board Out of Them
Whenever you find some style inpsiration, add them to your Pinterest board! Browse through the site and pin everything you love, and once you’ve got them all together in one place, it’ll be easier for you to see what trending pieces and color palettes really appeal to you.
Don’t Just Go With What’s Trending
If you’re buying things just because they’re “in style”, don’t.
Of course your personal style can incorporate the latest trends, but it shouldn’t completely revolve around them. What if you don’t actually like them? What if they don’t really suit you? What if they make you feel uncomfortable? What if they’re so expensive that they make you feel guilty about wearing them?
So don’t just go with the flow of fashion — before buying the dress or bag you’ve been seeing all over your social media, actually think about whether it’s something that you can identify with and will actually want to use. It’s good to be stylish, but not so good to be a slave to fashion.
Do Some De-Cluttering
Once you’ve started building your personal style, you should start getting rid of whatever doesn’t fit it. Time to say goodbye to the clothes that:
- you bought, but never used
- you bought, but used just once
- you only have because they were “in”
- have been gathering dust in your closet for years
Donate or sell the ones that are still in good condition, and throw out the rest. You’ll finally have the space to start rebuilding your wardrobe with things you actually like!
Find the Right Accessories
Many people tend to skip this part as they don’t think that accessorizing is necessary. But the truth is, accessories help a whole lot when it comes to taking your outfits up a notch. Whether it’s spicing a plain white tee with a statement necklace or pairing a monochrome outfit with a colorful bag, accessorizing can take any outfit to the next level.
Accessories also reflect your personal style. You can be the girl with the simple wristwatch, the girl with the delicate charm bracelet, the girl with the statement hoop earrings — or all of the above! It doesn’t matter as long as you like what you’re wearing.
I don’t mean always buying from tiangges and ukay-ukays. Shopping smart doesn’t equate to shopping cheap. That might please our wallets and bank accounts, but wearing something poor-quality can actually make you feel a little bad about yourself.
Girl, you deserve a little splurge once in a while. And shopping smart will get you there. Tailor your shopping to your lifestyle. If you can afford it, go for it; if it stretches your budget, then don’t.
Also think about when and how often you’ll be wearing what you’re buying. If you’re just trying out a new trend or just want a new dress for your next girls’ night out, you can check out your fast-fashion, not-the-best-quality-but-super-affordable brands. But when you’re shopping for basics — your everyday heels for work, a smart black blazer, or the perfect pair of jeans — then that’s definitely the time to splurge and look for higher-quality products that you know will last for a long time.
The same goes for beauty products, too: splurge on skincare and base makeup like foundation that won’t irritate your skin, but when it comes to the mascara you’re supposed to be throwing out every six months, don’t bother with something ultra high-end.
Ask: Is this Me?
When you dress up in the morning or when you’re fitting something, take a good look in the mirror and ask: Is this me? Does this reflect who I am? Do I like it? Am I comfortable in it?
Don’t worry about your size, or the high-street brand you bought it from — as long as you look great and feel great about what you’re wearing, then that’s all that really matters.
You’ve found your personal style. Own it and slay the day.
And that’s it for our tips and tricks to finding and creating your personal style! Ready to get started on rebuilding your wardrobe? Head on over to ZALORA to check out the newest arrivals and latest trends.
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