What is it to have style? Some correlate it with having money, some say its to follow the right trends, and others will say its to care too much about your appearance. No matter your opinion, it seems pretty clear that personal style is something that a lot of people want but aren’t quite sure how to obtain. As someone with quite a unique sense of style, whose friends often ask “How do you look good in that?? If I wore that I’d look like a (insert unattractive inanimate object here)”, I have discovered five things that have helped me look and feel good in my clothing, and overall contribute to the subtle art of dressing well.
First Thing’s First – Money Isn’t Everything
One of the most common misconceptions with personal style is that you need money in order to achieve it – it is the opinion that I disagree with most when it comes to this argument. Proven countless times by countless celebrities, those with the most money can often have zero fashion sense, and those with only pennies have often proved that the most inexpensive items of clothing can look good if styled the right way.
Secondly, Find Inspiration!
In my opinion, this tip is the easiest to follow. Outfit inspiration can come anytime and anywhere (except maybe nudist beaches – although good for a lot of things, you may want to steer clear of them for the purpose of this). If you are a phone obsessed millennial like myself, social media platforms like Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube etc. are full to the brim with #fitpics and #ootd’s. Also, look out for people tagging where they get their clothing from, it may become apparent that a certain shop stocks a lot of pieces that you love. But what do you do if you can’t find inspiration online? Look around! What are your friends wearing? What are strangers wearing? What do you like about what their outfits? You’ll soon begin to discover styles, items, colour schemes etc. that stand out to you.
Third – EXPERIMENT!
This one’s a fun one. Finding what works for you also involves finding what doesn’t; experiment with shapes, sizes, colours, textures, and embrace your hat phase (everyone has one). I also can’t emphasize venturing over to the department of the opposite gender enough, you may get a few awkward stares, but beauty is pain remember? Now, I know what you’re thinking, I said that you didn’t have to buy a whole new wardrobe -you don’t! You can experiment with what you already have; try tucking things in, undoing some buttons, throwing on a belt, you’re sure to find things that work.
Fourth – be true to yourself, what do you actually like?
When it comes to finding your personal style, it can be very easy to simply follow the trends, and wear what everyone around you is wearing. While you are definitely going to love some trends, there will be some that just aren’t for you. Be honest with yourself and don’t wear something you don’t feel good in just because all the gals are wearing it and look whopper.
Finally – Confidence makes anything look good
Stylish people can often be found quite intimidating, why is this? In my opinion it has nothing to do with the clothes on their back but rather their confidence. People with a strong sense of personal style feel comfortable and confident in their clothes and this gives them an air of self-confidence. They know what works for them, and they know they look good. Loving what you wear is the most important factor in developing your style, and it will come from following all of the previous tips. As Coco Chanel once said, “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself”. Anything can look good if you wear it with enough confidence.
By Alice Linehan