Having learnt from the previous articles how to be observant of people’s dressings around you; imitate the styles you like; start the imitation with your most worn clothes; and then, to shop smarter; I’m glad to tell you that you are no longer a fashion newbie. The next step is for you to Grow In Fashion. This article contains some guidelines that can help you in achieving that:
1. TAKE YOUR LIFESTYLE & GOALS INTO CONSIDERATION
The perfect wardrobe should not only represent your likes, dislikes and creativity, but also be tailored to suit your lifestyle. Consider the persona you want to present to the world. You want your style to reflect your personality, but it also has to make sense in your field of work, your overall lifestyle, the city you live in and aligned with your long-term goals. Do you want a better job? Are you trying to make it in a particular industry? Think about adding a few sharp and appropriate professional pieces for interviews in that line of work. Or if you want to work in fashion, add more on-trend pieces (but don’t spend too much, as they’ll go out of style quickly!). If your work environment is casual, you may want to purchase more t-shirts and jeans.
Another useful tip is for you to write down all the different situations you’re in during a given week—be it work, parties, dinners with friends or significant others, special occasions, the gym, and so on. Now, revisit this list whenever it’s time to clean out your closet, or shop for new clothes. If an item doesn’t check multiple boxes, it’s probably not worth your money. The key is to find pieces that can mix, match, and crossover from one category to another. For example, a great soft t-shirt to wear to the gym can also be worn with jeans and a blazer or tucked into a party skirt. Try to do all these, and you’ll be an all-rounder fashionista!
2. YOUR DRESS SIZE DOESN’T MATTER…BUT CONFIDENCE DOES!
Get out of that squeeze-into-the-smallest-size mindset, because that number doesn’t make you confident.
No one can see what the size tag reads on the inside of your dress (and truthfully, no one cares!). The focus should not be about fitting into the smallest size possible. And admittedly, who hasn’t taken two different sizes into the dressing room, secretly praying it’s the smallest one that fits? It happens to the best of us. But please, get out of that squeeze-into-the-smallest-size mindset, because a number shouldn’t make you confident—how you feel in your own skin does. And when you feel your best, you stand taller, smile wider, and people will notice. Or as Diane von Furstenberg put it, “Confidence. If you have it, you can make anything look good.” So wear what makes you feel confident!
3. ASK FOR HELP
When you’re serious about your skin, you see a dermatologist. When you want the perfect photos on your wedding day, you enlist the help of a professional photographer. The same goes for style! Don’t be afraid to enlist the help of a professional. Remember, you don’t need to pay for a personal stylist—visit a department store or your favorite boutique and ask for advice and opinions from the sales associates and stylists. They know what they’re doing! Tip: you may need help customizing the fit of your clothes from a tailor. Why does Kate Middleton look so chic in just jeans and a blazer? Because they fit her impeccably. Seeking the help of a professional tailor ensures that each item you own shows off all your best assets!
4. STOCK UP ON ACCESSORIES
Accessories are, without a doubt, the easiest way to pull any look together regardless of the vibe you want to achieve. You can update jeans and a white t-shirt with a bold necklace or pair layered, delicate jewelry with a dress for a more feminine feel. A cool ear cuff or stacked rings can give you an instant edge, and pearls can make you look polished and lady-like in an instant. Add a patterned scarf, opt for edgy ankle booties instead of your normal black pumps, or pull out a bright clutch to add more personality.
5. TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS AND BE AUTHENTIC
Something that makes you feel confident and beautiful is never out of style.
The single most important thing when developing your style is to be true to yourself. Don’t focus on the size or the designer label (this will only hinder your creativity!). Continue to experiment with different patterns, textures, accessories, and shoes. It all boils down to feeling good in your own skin—your style should reflect and celebrate your life, your individuality, and personality. Own your style, be proud of it, and embrace fashion as a way to express who you are and who you want to be.
Dress for the job you want, not for the job you have. Stay true to your taste and what you feel best in, and people will definitely notice. Trust your gut, because something that makes you feel confident and beautiful never goes out of style.
This is the end of Developing Your Personal Style. I hope by now, you are already well equipped with knowledge on how to dress in your own style. Don’t forget to always be you in whatever you do! Go out there and look your best!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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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