Looking for advice from the experts on how to find your personal style and instantly look more elegant? In this post, I will go over clever tips that will make you a fashion pro from the way you dress yourself.
Hi girls, how are you today?
One of the things that I really struggled with during my entire life was defining my personal style.
I swear, I’ve been through it all: the surfer phase, the grunge phase, the hippie phase, the rocker phase, the romantic phase… Phew…
However, one thing that remained constant these past current years is my new inclination towards a more classic, timeless look, and since I studied in Switzerland, I have been focusing on being more elegant now more than ever before in my life.
When I didn’t have a strategy in place, this resulted on me buying things I didn’t need and as well on spending money on other things I never used (and that ultimately took up space in my drawer).
Back then, I would go inside a store whenever I felt like shopping for something new and then I’d buy whatever I thought looked cute, without a real plan of action. This further resulted in various mornings trying to improvise a stylish outfit, which in turn would eventually end up in a disaster, or a lot of stress.
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My goal now is threefold:
- Less quantity
- More elegance
- More practicality
This way, you can make conscious decisions when you shopping and you’ll soon see that every item of clothing that is inside your closer/drawer will be utilized in the long run (and not only take up precious space).
If you want to know my tricks on how to find your personal style, then keep on reading.
Clever Ways on How to Find Your Personal Style
#1 Stick to a Color Scheme
My first item on the list is to tell you to first find a color scheme you like (meaning, your signature colors) and then make an effort to stick to it!
The recommended amount of color schemes would be 3-5 colors to play around with. Try to avoid anything above 5, as it might get overwhelming in the long run.
If you had little panic attack now trying to figure out how to decide what are your signature colors, I have a small exercise that might help you:
Take out all of your clothes in your drawer (maybe leave it for a laundry day so that you don’t make a mess for no reason), and separate them by color (put all the blues together, the yellows, blacks, etc). Take notice of the patterns of your own wardrobe.
If you like using vibrant colors, then check which vibrant color stands out the most from the things you already own and stick to it. Then when you go out to buy clothes in that color, you have the liberty to, of course, vary the tones and still make an elegant monochromatic look.
That way, in the morning, and because your wardrobe is cohesive, getting ready will be much easier, simply because you do not have to break your head thinking about what matches before you even had a chance to get your first coffee.
This will ultimately build up a style that represents you.
As an example, the colors of my signature look are: crème, beige, black, brown, grey and white
(I know this may sound like super boring colors to you, but don’t cross out neutrals before you really tried them)
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On the other hand, if you ever feel like using another color, by all means, go for it. No laws are impeding you from getting creative. I for one enjoy wearing pink skirts in spring or red jackets during Christmas months.
What is important is that you feel good about yourself and are comfortable with what you choose to wear.
#2 Buy a Full Body Mirror
We’ve all been there: standing on top of the toilet to try and get a full glimpse of our outfit du jour (shoes included).
Yes, it ‘’works’’ but it is not ideal (and let us face it, we are getting old for this s***- pun not intended).
A full body mirror can do wonders to how you understand your style and what works for your body type (and what should be immediately tossed away).
Do your grown-ass a favor and go buy a full-body mirror, pronto!
#3 Know Your Body Type
This goes especially for you ladies who enjoy buying in fast fashion stores (I do too, no judgment). As you may be aware, fast fashion caters to every body type. This means they design their models in a way that would fit most of the bodies in the world, from Latinos to Asians alike.
As a Brazilian girl myself, pants I buy in Europe are usually tight in the hips/bum and lose around the waist.
In my student years, getting clothes tailored was never an option. However, something that I have been adopting now is going to a tailor and getting my clothes adjusted, and OMG the change has been phenomenal!!!
Now everything I own seems like it was made for my body exclusively. Everything I wear feels more like designer items.
As an added bonus from tailoring your clothes, you will also value them more (and take better care of them), because they will feel like they are made for you, and not coming from the Zara rack.
Get Inspired (and Refer Back)
Of course, we are all familiar with saving images on Pinterest in order to get inspired. Be it for your home decoration, a new outfit inspiration, or food presentation, we all seemingly go to Pinterest as a visual outlook.
One thing that was revolutionizing was not only saving the pictures but taking a time to observe them once they were inside the album and take notes of items that were common among what I saved.
This gave me a great idea to understand what type of clothing to prioritize as a purchase.
As an example, from quickly glancing at the screenshot of my Pinterest album from below, you can see that ankle-high white jeans were the first item I bought, immediately followed by crème ankle boots.
Are you a woman and trying to be more elegant lately? What are your personal tips? Do you acre at all about being elegant, or is this something you don’t believe is a priority?
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