It annoys me when I see someone who has a clear, distinctive style. I instantly become envious. How did they do it? Why did it take me so long to find my style?
For the longest time, it felt like my wardrobe was a mix match of clothes gathered through the years with no coordination, no correlation, no identity. I looked at my wardrobe in disgust and disappointment. Disappointment in not knowing the steps it takes to create a wardrobe that was the perfect reflection of myself.
But all is not lost. I eventually found my feet and developed my style.
You can too if you follow these six easy tips:
1. Copy someone else
Copy your friend, an influencer, a celebrity. You may think their style is original, but it’s not. Here’s the thing. There is no originality. Fashion is a cycle. It’s no secret that everything has been done before and will come back around. So how can you be original in an infinite loop? Just make sure the person you copy doesn’t find out. That would be awkward.
2. Listen to compliments and take on constructive criticism
If you haven’t received a compliment on an item of clothing, in the space of a year burn it. If more than one person tells you something doesn’t suit you. Listen to them. If you get a compliment, use it as a starting point.
3. If you love a trend stick to it
Yes, trends get a bad rep. But if you stumble onto a trend that works for you. Roll with it. Let it be the basis of your style. Create variations of it. And before you know it, people will associate that trend with you.
4. Understand what you love
Look through your wardrobe and find a common thread. Review your outfits and what you like about them. Do you have a significant amount of denim? Do you love to mix and match tailoring with sportswear? This constant assessment allows you to create your wardrobe staples.
5. Experiment and don’t be afraid to fail
I’ve had many occasions where in my mind this outfit works. However, when I leave my house and catch a glimpse myself, it looks like I got dressed in the dark. In an ideal world, every look you put together would be perfect. But that’s not the case. Fashion is about experimenting. Fail, fail and fail until you learn what works for you.
6. Don’t throw anything away unless you have to
One of my biggest regrets is periodically throwing things away because I was bored. I didn’t understand that there are wardrobe staples that will never go out of fashion.
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