FINDING YOUR PERSONAL STYLE


Finding your personal style can be a struggle. We've all been there at least once, if not multiple times, as we gaze into our closet full of clothes and need something for the post-graduation to professional transition (so, platform sandals don't work in office?), landing the big promotion we've worked so hard for, or dressing after having a baby. Regardless of what life throws at us, it's important to be able to adapt while still maintaining a style that is your own.

The impact of personal style goes far beyond making a good first impression; great style is also about approaching each day with confidence, and the ability to feel legitimately beautiful in what we are wearing. Believe it or not, the right wardrobe can make a difference.

In terms of your wardrobe, you have to really know what you like, understand what looks good on you, and how to shop. So when you find the right piece to add to your closet you know it’s the best choice for you. Here are my tips for finding your personal style, one that is all your own.


SEEK INSPIRATION

Jot down the names of your favorite style icons and do a bit of research via Pinterest, Google, or Instagram to gather inspiration from their looks. Pulling different types of inspiration from several sources is a great way to figure out what you like and dislike.

CLEAN UP & CLEAN OUT

Take a good, look at your closet and the pieces you already own. Toss what you haven't worn in the last year so you can start fresh. Then you can begin to rebuild and refine your wardrobe with a style that truly reflects where you are in your life and career..


SHOP SMARTER

If you only buy to fill the holes in your wardrobe, you'll build a great selection much faster.

I remember starting my first job. How would I be able to dress trendy enough to fit in? Especially on a limited budget? I learned to experiment with the latest fashion trends the smart way—I would hunt for trendy deals at discount places like TJ Maxx and Forever 21. I would only splurge on staple pieces: leather boots, a great handbag, a nice coat, and some great accessories.

YOUR DRESS SIZE DOESN'T MATTER...BUT CONFIDENCE DOES!

Get out of that squeeze-into-the-smallest-size mindset, because that number doesn't make you confident.

No one can see what the size tag reads on the inside of your dress. The focus should not be about fitting into the smallest size possible. And admittedly, who hasn't taken two different sizes into the dressing room, secretly praying it's the smallest one that fits? It happens to the best of us. But please, get out of that mindset, because a number shouldn't make you confident—how you feel in your own skin should. When you feel your best, you stand taller, smile wider, and people will notice. So wear what makes you feel confident!


TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS AND BE AUTHENTIC

Something that makes you feel confident and beautiful is never out of style

The single most important thing when developing your style is to be true to yourself. Don't focus on the size or the designer label (this will only hinder your creativity!). Continue to experiment with different patterns, textures, accessories, and shoes. It all boils down to feeling good in your own skin—your style should reflect and celebrate your life, your individuality, and personality. Own your style, be proud of it, and embrace fashion as a way to express who you are and who you want to be.

What are some of the ways you find your personal style? I would love to heat them in the comments below...

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