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How to Discover Your Personal Style

Reflect the truth in your everyday appearance.

By Kari OakleyPublished 5 years ago 3 min read

Define who you are.

Struggling to discover your personal style is a common issue we all face. The first step is to discover who you are as an individual. If you haven’t discovered who you are, you can connect with yourself on a deep level by mapping out your likes and dislikes. With this map, you can discover a lot of underlying factors that you consider important and unimportant. This visualization allows you to discover brands that resonate your values. From this information you’re on your way to finding your style, however, there are other factors you should consider.

Tips for Finding Your Personal Style

1. Know your body type.

Knowing your body type is where everything starts. However, your body type shouldn’t determine what you can and can’t wear but should be a guide to finding what looks right on you. Think of it as discovering your body’s strengths and building upon them. If this step is discouraging, you should always be proud of your body no matter the number on the tag.

2. Go through your wardrobe.

Spend an afternoon with your closet and pull out the pieces that make you feel confident. Next find the pieces you no longer wear or pieces that don’t make you feel confident and donate them to a secondhand store. Look at the clothes that make you feel confident and look for any patterns. Repeats in the pattern will help you point towards the style you prefer.

3. Find your accessories.

Accessories are a big part of your style and they say a lot about your personality. Look at your jewelry box and see what all you use the most and stuff that you’ve always been hesitant to try. Play around with the pieces you aren’t sure about and see if they fit who you are, and if they aren’t, donate those pieces to a secondhand store as well. If you’re needing to replace your donated items, consider searching through Pinterest boards to gather ideas for clothing and accessory combinations.

Things to Consider

1. Don’t think finding your style is sticking to one look.

Usually when you think of finding your own style, you think of choosing a certain personality and running with that aesthetic. While this does allow you to hone in on a certain type of look this doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with new looks. The trick is to realize what you like about that style. Whether your style is vintage, minimalism, urban chic, etc., you shouldn’t feel like you can’t experiment with new looks.

2. Don’t underestimate hair.

Style isn’t just limited to clothing but is shown through other aspects such as your hair style. If you’re wanting to find your signature hairstyle, you should figure out your face shape and look into cuts that will enhance your face shape. Maybe you already have your favorite cut but you want to make your hair look younger. There are plenty of tips for youthful hair available to you online. If you’re wanting to repair damaged hair, you can ask whoever cuts your hair for ways to repair damaged hair. Overall, your hair can become a statement piece just like your clothing choices, but whatever you choose, make sure you stay true to yourself.

3. Don’t sacrifice comfort.

You shouldn’t ever feel like you need to sacrifice comfort in the name of looking more fashionable. Before you make any purchase you should try it on to see if the fabric and fit are fashionable and comfortable. This might make you limited in some of your options but you are more likely to wear something that is comfortable. There are plenty of fashionable options that are comfortable such as maxi dresses, leggings, and most t-Shirts. You can easily dress these options up with adding layers and using the right accessories.

Remember your style is personal and should be a personal choice. You shouldn’t have to feel you have to copy the latest trends if they don’t represent who you are. Ask for your friends opinion on your fashion choices since they will give you honest feedback which will help you along your journey. Also, make sure also dress for the job you want instead of the job you have. This will allow you to raise the bar for yourself every day and will help you obtain the mindset you need to get whatever job you’re aiming for.


About the Creator

Kari Oakley

Kari Oakley is a fitness trainer from Kenosha Wisconsin. She now lives in downtown Chicago, and loves to get out. She is a big fan of anything adventure, and loves getting a workout in the outdoors.

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