How to express your personality by creating your own unique personal style
Do you feel like your wardrobe doesn't express your personality?
Here are the steps you should take if you want to establish a personal style that's unique to you:
1. Evaluate your lifestyle
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How you dress needs to reflect the kind of life you lead; this is not to put you in a box or label you but to make your life easier.
Where do you live? What’s the climate like? What is your job? What is your income? What do you do in your spare time?
Write these questions down and answer them honestly and realistically. Most of your wardrobe should reflect what you do with the majority of your time.
2. Collect inspiration
Who and what inspires you? Here are some examples to consider:
- Friends and family
- Fictional books, films & TV
- Historical Eras
You can further your research by travelling, going to exhibitions, reading magazines and drawing inspiration from them. Once you’ve established what inspires you, creating a ‘mood board’ will help you visualise your look. You can do this in a sketchbook or a board by using cuttings from magazines, flyers, and anything physical. You can also create boards on Pinterest or Instagram.
3. Find your signature
If you really want to stand out and express your personality, you might want to come up with a trademark. This is usually done with accessories or a small detail—such as your hair, the way you wrap your hair, your nails, jewellery or how you do your make-up. Here’s an example of how subtle details can separate you from the other seven billion people in the world: platinum blonde bob and red lipstick —which style icon rocked this look?
4. Condense your wardrobe
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Now that you’ve established your personal style, it’s time to work with what you already have. Depending on how much you own, put some time aside to have a spring-clean of your wardrobe. You should have two distinct ‘yes’ and ‘no’ piles to make sure you’re vigilant and selective. When sifting through each item one-by-one, keep your style goal in mind, and ensure that it can be worn for work, leisure, and/or an occasion. Don’t throw away the clothes on the ‘no’ pile; offer them to your friends and family, and give the remainder to a charity shop. Somebody else can benefit from your hand-me-downs.
5. Shop selectively
Now the fun part—you can now shop sensibly for the things that are missing in your wardrobe. When you’re doing that shopping spree online, in a shopping centre or by digging through vintage shops, make sure you keep a list that describes your personal style and always refer to it before buying an item.
6. Put outfits together
When you have a complete, cohesive wardrobe, you can put outfits together in advance. Keep in mind how much of your time you spend going to work, socialising, studying, for example. Your photo gallery on your phone can get cluttered, so the best way to organise the looks you’ve created is with an app called Snupps. The app acts as a wardrobe and allows you to create ‘shelves’ or folders, which you can name yourself, such as work, smart-casual, party, lazy day or gym. When you buy new pieces over time, you can continually create new outfits and add them to your shelves.
How do you express your personality with your own personal style? Let us know in the comments.