Finding my personal style is something I constantly struggle with. I work in an office every day and have the freedom to express myself through what I wear. Unfortunately, it never fails that I always end up grabbing the same pair of pants and sweater to go with my drab tan flats. I want a change. I want to actually show that I put some effort into getting ready for the day and learn to let my personality shine through my fashion choices.
I am embarking on a personal style journey. Won’t you follow me?
This is where the journey begins. Before we can go out into the world and put together the perfect outfit, we need to find our inspiration.
My current style is all about comfort and portraying a laid back life. In fact, I pretty much live in jeans and a t-shirt. I almost always gravitate towards those casual, comfy outfits in my closet. But I want to be more than that sometimes.
Take a moment right now and do a quick Pinterest search for a celebrity or style icon you relate to stylistically. Look through the outfits on your screen. What do they all have in common? I chose to search Rachel Bilson because she is petite like myself and has that casual vibe I’m going for. She wears jeans and t-shirt frequently, but adds a slight twist like throwing on a pair of booties with shorts or adding a pop of color to her neutral palette.
Keep looking at other celebrities and formulate a general idea of what you like. Search for celebrities with similar body types so you can see what looks and works best for them. Create a board specifically for your style icons, whether they’re celebrities, models or brands, and take some time to feel inspired!
Clean Out Your Closet
Now is the time to go through your existing clothes and put aside what you don’t wear anymore, or what doesn't fit. That over-sized shirt that you never wear in the back of your closet needs to go. It’s only taking up space for more valuable pieces that can actually work into your growing wardrobe.
While you’re cleaning everything out take note of what you have left (if anything) and connect it to your Pinspiration board. Then, take inventory of what items you need, and make a list of your favorite pieces you pinned and ones that seem to be a staple in the wardrobes of your favorite celebs. I have jeans that fit nicely and a few shirts, but I need more pieces that really make my outfits pop like jackets, dresses and a loads of accessories.
This can be the most stressful step. Wait, I think I just heard you ask, “Shopping is stressful?” Yes, it can be if you go in without an idea of what you’re looking for. You’ll end up picking random things that don’t go together and come home without any outfits! See… stress.
A tip for shopping is to pull out your phone and look at the pictures of the outfit inspirations you created. Try to follow the outfit guidelines by picking up pieces that match. Is this shirt going to function with other clothes besides the pencil skirt? If so then pick it up! If you love it and it’s versatile than go for it.
Shopping doesn't have to be expensive either. Go to stores like TJ Maxx, Forever21 UrbanOG and H&M for those simple wardrobe staples. If you’re just looking for a white tank top you don’t have to get the $30 one, instead be a smart shopper and purchase two for $10. Try browsing the sale rack first for staple items that are under budget before looking at the new arrivals. Everything eventually goes on sale, so if you don't need it immediately, sale is the way to go!
Maintain and Enjoy!
Building a wardrobe is a process that takes time. The more you learn about your personal preferences and your lifestyle, the easier it will become. Once you have your staple pieces, you can pick up complimentary pieces like unique accessories and shoes to accent your personal style.
By : Sasha Azoqa