My love for fashion began in middle school. The Devil Wears Prada finally came out on DVD and a girl in my English class let me borrow hers just for the night. I think I watched Andi’s makeover scene so many times that night and thus began my love affair with fashion. The thing that stood out to me the most was the sudden change in how people viewed her all because of her new-found ability to “dress well”, and I definitely took note of that.
The lesson there was presentation matters. How you present yourself is actually quite important and fashion is the best way to make the perfect statement.
So, how did I go about discovering my own personal style? Well, I can honestly say that it didn’t happen overnight. There were so many fashion moments in my life that I honestly wish I could take back (like wearing that pink playboy off-shoulder top to church…. gosh!!) but you live, and you learn, right?
Here are my top 3 tips that have helped me in discovering my own personal style.
Tip #1: Know thyself
This comes first before any tip that I could ever give you. KNOW YOURSELF. And in knowing yourself, learn to trust your instincts. Take time to discover your likes, dislikes, problem areas, greatest assets and learn to use that to your advantage when it comes to your OWN personal style.
Tip #2: Inspiration is KEY
The next thing to do after discovering who you are is discovering who you like. Who inspires you? What about them inspires you? What does their style say about them? How can you translate that into what you are trying to achieve in your own personal style? All important questions to ask yourself as you move along. This is not the space to try to be like that person but try to take one or two things that you like about an outfit they are wearing and figure out how you can make it own
Will be sharing a post soon about my style inspirations, so stay tuned!
Tip #3: Play to your strengths
Figuring out your body and what looks good on you can be a huge step in the right direction. I can’t tell you how important it is to always trust your instincts, and wear what makes you feel like the best version of yourself.
…and always remember, just because it doesn’t look nice on the mannequin does not mean it won’t look nice on you.