8 Tips You’ll Need To Help You Find Your Personal Style

Find Your Personal Style with Just 8 Tips

The word ‘style’ is widely misunderstood. The significance of personal style goes way beyond administering a good first impression. Having a personal style is about finding beauty and confidence from within with what you’re wearing. Feeling good because you look good. The things that we wear have the power to visually express our personality, revealing who we are as a person and expresses the things that we cannot verbally express. It has the power to positively influence self-perception which in turn shows through in our everyday lives.

Tip #1 –  Understanding Your Body Shape 

Understanding your body shape is an important first step to understanding what type of clothes best accentuates your good features to enable you to find your style. Whilst it may seem like people on our Instagram have the ability to look good in just about anything from a plastic bag to a dress from the runway, is merely a misconception and in fact, these people have learnt to understand their body shape well and know how to style their pieces to accentuate their good features. What looks good on one person may not look good on the other and vice versa. The great thing about the world we live in today is that there are so many options available that are made to complement different body shapes, different proportions, different skin tones, different personalities and even different lifestyles.

Before you know what clothes to buy, you’ll have to know what body shape you are and what type of clothes work best with this type of body shape. The problem that a lot of us seem to have when it comes to figuring out what body shape we are is that we tend to focus on the areas that we dislike most such as tummy, bottom, thighs etc. This can end up clouding our judgement. What we think we are may not be what we are.

Finding Your Body Shape

To determine your body shape correctly, you’ll need a measuring tape and a helping hand. Of course, you can guess by looking in the mirror but mirrors can be deceiving. The more accurate you are now, the easier it’ll be to find the right clothes later on.

  • Step 1 – Measure your shoulders – This is where you’ll need that helping hand. Place the measuring tape at the tip of one shoulder wrap it all the way around until it meets the back of the same shoulder you started with. This is the widest circumference of your shoulders, write this measurement down.
  • Step 2 – Measure your bust – If you’ve ever had a bra fitting, you’ll know how to measure your bust. Stand up straight and wrap the measuring tape around your back. Then taking each side of the tape in each hand, wrap it across the fullest part of your bust, usually the middle of them. Ensure that you’ve wrapped the tape as tight as you can without changing the shape of your bust. If you notice that your breasts start to squish then you’ve wrapped the tape too tightly. Write this measurement down.
  • Step 3 – Measure your waist – To measure your waist, wrap the measuring tape around the smallest part of your torso. It should meet just above your belly button. Write this measurement down.
  • Step 4 – Measure your hips – To measure your hips, hold the measuring tape at one side of the fullest part of your hips and wrap it around the fullest part of your bum. Then come back around and meet the measuring tape at the same point you started. Write this measurement down. Using all four measurements you can now determine your body shape.

The Types of Body Shapes

Body ShapeDescription
The Inverted Triangle: If your shoulders or bust is larger than your hipsThe measurements of your bust or shoulders are more than 5% bigger than your hip measurements e.g if your shoulders measure 36 inches, your body shape is the inverted triangle if your hips are 34 1/4 inches or smaller.
The Rectangle: If your shoulders or bust and hip measurements are around the same size.The measurements of your shoulders, hip and bust are within 5% of each other. Your waist is less than 25% smaller than your bust or shoulder measurements. For example, if your shoulders measure 36 inches, your waist will be 27 inches or more if you have a rectangle body shape.
The Triangle: If your hips are wider than your shouldersIf your hip measurements are more than 5% bigger than your bust measurements or your shoulders then you have a triangle body shape. For example if your shoulders have a measurement of 36 inches, your hips are 37 3/4 inches or bigger.
The Hourglass: If your shoulders and hip measurements are around the same with a very defined waistlineYour shoulder measurements and hip measurements are within 5% of each other. Your waist is at least 25% smaller than your shoulder, bust or hip measurements. E.g if your hips and shoulders measure 36 inches, your waist is 27 inches or smaller.

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Tip #2 – Finding Inspiration and Creating Your Mood board 

Art starts with inspiration. To find your style, you have to figure out exactly what it is that you like. That’s what Pinterest and Instagram’s bookmark tag is there for.

If you don’t know where to begin, start by taking a look at your style icon. Whether it’s an actress, a model, your co-worker, or your friend. Your style icon can help you identify your personal taste. Remember that style is personal. So copying what your style icon wears from head to toe just won’t work. But pinpointing the things that you like about your style icon can help you to develop and find your personal style. Do they wear a lot of polished classics? Is their style quite street? Do they dress with a bit of punk rock edge? Do they possess a European flair?

Trying to figure out someone else’s personal style is a lot easier than figuring out your own so start with that first to identify your style taste.

Once you’ve done that, create a Pinterest board (you can keep it private if you want). Search those descriptive words that you’ve used for your style icon and pin the outfits that you like to your board. This will be a good reference to use when you shop for clothes later on.

Tip #3 – Think About Your Budget 

We may not be able to afford that Alexander Wang dress on our style icon’s back but don’t let the fact that you can’t afford designer brands let you think that you won’t be able to find your personal style. Remember, it’s not about dressing the same as our icons. It’s personal. So when it comes to shopping, you can achieve absolutely any style you want if you shop strategically.

Take a look at stores like Zara who combine both luxury design and affordability so you can achieve the high fashion look without costing an arm and a leg.

Tip #4 – Invest in Items You’ll Know You’ll Rewear

I don’t know about you but a lot of the time, I buy clothes that I think I like in the store and then find myself never reaching for it when the time comes. It’s hard to determine how much we’re going to wear something, even though we say to ourselves ‘I’m going to wear this every day!’ and then regret buying it months later. A good wardrobe-editing trick is to have a separate rail in your room and for one month, place all your clothes on that rail. After the month is over, you’ll start to realise which pieces you edge more towards and which are just collecting dust. Then you can know for next time which types of pieces you should have a second thought about before buying.

Tip #5 – Recognise the Things That You Just Never Like 

To find your personal style, you must recognise the things that you do like but it’s also important to identify the things that you don’t like. Are there pieces that you just never seem to reach towards in your wardrobe? Do that all have something in common? Take some time to analyse your closet and realise what is it about those pieces that you don’t like. This will give you some awareness for next time you go shopping.

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Tip #6 – Find the Colours That Suit You

Shape is important when it comes to styling but also think about colour. I used to be the girl with an all-black wardrobe. And there’s nothing wrong with that but the moment I realised that I had too much black, I simply stopped buying anything I liked that was black. It forced me to implement more colour into my wardrobe and I loved it.

The tip to finding the right colours to wear for your skin tone is to first look at your forearm. In order for you to judge which colours work best for your skin tone to form your wardrobe, you need to first determine whether your skin is pale, medium/olive or dark.

Skin ColourColours that suit
Fair/Pale SkinIf you've got a pale skin tone and light features, the darker colours such as browns, Burgundy, bottle green and the bolder shades of blues will work well.
Olive/Medium SkinIf you've an olive skin tone, that means that you have a warm complexion that tends to work well a wide spectrum of colours but work best with the warmer side of the colour wheel. These are your reds, your peaches, orange, ambers and your golds. You'll also look great in the warmer versions of the cooler colours such as your olives, voilets, and your neutrals such as your taupes, mushrooms and your greys.
Darker SkinThe world is your oyster here if you have darker skin. You'll work well with most colours as you won't run the risk of being washed out. Bright colours will look great on you as well as the lighter shades of the wheel.
Skin ColourColours to Avoid
Fair/Pale SkinIf you’ve got pale skin, you’ll want to avoid the soft, pastel shades or the bright colours that will wash you out. This also goes for neutral shades too such as white, light beige and stone colours. Instead go for shades much warmer such as caramel, sand, khaki and slate greys.
Olive/Medium SkinSince your skin consists of green and yellow undertones, you should be avoiding those colours that are too close to your skin tone. These are your pistachio, mustards and olive colours.
Darker SkinJust like how pastel shades don’t work with paler skin tones, brown are pretty much a no-no with darker skin tones.

Tip #7 – Consider Your Lifestyle 

Your perfect wardrobe should not only be a representation of your vision and personality but it should also be tailored to your lifestyle. For example, my work environment is a balance of casual combined with the days where I would have meetings to attend. So my wardrobe consists of knits and jeans for the comfortable days but more professional and smarter wear for those meeting days.

It could help to take some time and write down all the different situations that you go through during the week e.g dinners, lounging around, gym, meetings, special occasions etc. Then take a look at your wardrobe and see if there are pieces suited for every occasion. The key here is to find pieces that suit more than one situation so it will make it easier during the day to mix and match.

Tip #8 – Accessories Can Be The Perfect Finishing Touches

Accessories can say more about your personal style than the clothes that you wear. Of course, clothing makes up the majority of your outfit but the accessories you choose to go with it are more significant than you think. They emphasise your personal style and your taste. On their own, a handbag, scarf or your jewellery may not make much of an impact however if you combine it with a solid outfit, it gives you new opportunities to express yourself, making them the perfect finishing touches.

Let me know in the comments below your best tips for finding your personal style!

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