The clothing you wear should make you feel confident and happy each day. If you feel the opposite, you might need to tweak (or completely change!) your wardrobe to create outfits that boost your self-esteem day after day. Here are some considerations to help you discover your personal style when you’re planning a fashion overhaul…
There’s more to developing a unique look than simply buying all the on-trend pieces on the high street. I’m rather pleased about that, as I’m far too thrifty to splash the cash on a whole new wardrobe! Instead, it’s about carefully selecting clothing to suit your personality, your body shape, and your daily needs. In today’s blog post I’m sharing some tricks to ensure that these elements all come together and help you discover your signature style.
CONSIDER YOUR BODY SHAPE
The clothing silhouettes you choose should be determined by your body shape. This will ensure that the garments you choose will hang correctly and will help you look your best each day. If an item of clothing fits you well, you’ll be more likely to wear it often, thereby bringing that all-important cost-per-wear right down.
For example, if you have an apple body shape, empire or A-line cuts will naturally look good on you. If you have a pear body shape, you’ll look great in wide-legged trousers or boat-neck tops. If in doubt, snap photographs to identify the silhouettes that complement your shape.
CHOOSE A STYLE ICON
Your favourite style icon will give you an idea of what clothing you like and the style you want to adopt. For example, if you are a big fan of Audrey Hepburn’s look, you should focus on incorporating elegant, timeless items into your wardrobe, such as a polo neck or LBD. The important thing here is to choose an icon who is a similar body shape to you, so that you can get an idea of what cuts and designs suits your shape. Ignore the price tag of the designer items that your style icon wears and focus on the cut of the pieces so that you can get an idea of what high-street versions will suit you best.
SELECT A SIGNATURE ITEM
Create a unique look by adopting a signature item that suits your taste and personality. Choose a colour, an accessory, a beauty trick or a particular pattern that will become synonymous with your style. For instance, you could regularly apply a red lipstick, or wrap a beautiful scarf around your neck each day. You could (like me!) stick to floral prints or never be seen without a high-quality coat duffle coat.
A signature item will almost serve as a safety blanket, as it’ll make you feel stylish and confident each time you wear it. Plus, it’ll make getting dressed in the morning much quicker and easier if you have one favourite item that you’re going to build your look around.
CLOTHING SHOULD MATCH YOUR LIFESTYLE
It’s important to consider your current lifestyle in order to fill your wardrobe with practical items you’ll regularly use. If you don’t, you’ll have limited items to choose from when peering into your wardrobe in the morning, and will be forced to settle for clothing that makes you feel less than confident.
While you might love an item in a shop window, it might not necessarily be the right option for your needs right now. That sequinned top might not be the best choice for dog-walking or gardening! You can appreciate a trend without incorporating it into your wardrobe if it doesn’t fit into your lifestyle.
While the fit and silhouette is important, wearing the right piece in the wrong colour could make you appear washed out. That’s why you should choose clothing colours that complement your skin undertone. For instance, peach, coral and gold are ideal shades for people with warm skin tones; however, if you have a cooler skin tone like I do, opt for clothing in rosy red, cool grey or navy.
I hope that these tips will help you to develop a personal style that makes you feel both fashionable and confident. Do let me know your favourite tips for choosing new items of clothing for your wardrobe in the comments below – I’d love to hear your advice 🙂
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