Finding (and refining) personal style can be a struggle; we’re the first to admit it. 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 (suddenly all those dry clean only silk blouses aren’t so practical), or even dressing up for an informal occasion. Regardless of what life throws at us, it’s important to be able to adapt while still maintaining a style that is all our own.


And why exactly is this important? 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.


The journey towards developing your own fashion style starts when you read the tips and guidelines below and apply them :

1. become an expert observer.



The number one thing you can do to improve your sense of style and train your eye is this: look at how other people are doing it! What types of pieces are they wearing, what colours do they mix, what shoes do they pair with their outfits, how do they accessorise and so on.

Use your everyday environment as your lab: Sit in a cafe and just watch people passing by, pay close attention to your co-workers’ and friends outfits and check out what your fellow commuters are wearing on your ride to work (in a non-creepy way of course). Use Pinterest and fashion blogs to supplement your real-life studies and expose yourself to a broader range of styles.


The key throughout this whole process is to be as precise as possible. If you see an outfit that you like, figure out what exactly makes it so great. Is it the overall vibe of the look (e.g. preppy, bohemian or minimalist), the colour scheme or a specific piece? Lets say the two pics above caught your attention. Was it because of the neutral colours? The simple lines? Do you just like big sun glasses and black tote bags?


That is how you train your eye, by observing and paying close attention to how other people wear clothes and what types of things resonate with you and which dont.


Note: Your goals at this stage should be above all to observe, develop a better understanding for the different aspects of an outfit and how they all work together, plus get a feeling for what kinds of things you are personally drawn to, so don’t worry too much about defining your personal style or streamlining your wardrobe just yet. Wait until you feel confident about putting together outfits and have a good awareness of what kinds of things you like and why, before you tackle a full-on wardrobe revamp


Your style expresses who you are to the world. In developing a sense of style, its important to know what you are looking for. Do your research by consulting a range of fashionable sources. In the end, do what looks and feels good to you.


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Fatoye Joy is 300level law student of University of Ilorin. She writes articles for fashion magazines. She is a model and an usher. She also does private tutoring of primary school pupils and secondary school students. She loves listening to music, reading novels and cooking. She is a Christian who loves God.


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