A personal style is the expression of our personality through our visual appearance. It is also our own interpretation of fashion and how we like to wear clothes.
Style comes from more than just our clothes, it comes from knowing who we are and who we want to be. Style is the expression of your personality through your appearance. Someone who feels comfortable and confident in what they wear will create a better impression. And as we all know, you only get one chance to make a first impression, and they do last.
As the legendary Coco Chanel once said:
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
People are affected and influenced by your appearance whether or not you (and they) realise it, and whether or not you (and they) think appearance is important.
We all have a personal presentation which includes our appearance, communication skills and mannerisms. These automatically influence people’s behaviours towards us.
The first and most important step to developing style is to project confidence. I’m talking about the kind of confidence that tells others that we respect ourselves, love ourselves, and dress up for ourselves, just because we can, and it makes us feel good. When you look good on the outside, you automatically feel better on the inside. It is not necessarily about being beautiful, but about being comfortable within yourself.
Your personal style is determined by many different factors such as personality, lifestyle, age, body shape, living environment and of course your personal taste. Just because I like something, and happen to look good in it, is not to say you’re going to like it or look good in it. And sometimes, even though you don’t like it, you might look better in it than I do…so sad but so often true. We are all different with individual wants and needs, and that’s ok. We don’t need to fit into a ‘one mould fits all’…how awful would that be, to not be an individual, an one of a kind beauty.
The trick is to know yourself, not overcomplicate things, and to know what is appropriate…for your age, figure and/or occasion.
Once you know who you are and where you are going (or want to be), it is as simple is figuring out what you like and dislike.
Page through fashion magazines. Take out the pages with styles/clothing you like and create a collage. Through doing so you will soon start to notice the commonalities in the pictures, for instance colours you’re drawn to, type of overall look you like etc. This will help you figure out your true individual custom made style.
Some have a defined true style, and others are a combination between different styles, and that is ok. You just need to figure out how to incorporate your different tastes.
According to me there are 7 main styles:
In the next couple of weeks I will be outlining and discussing the different styles as well as giving examples.
Have fun discovering the stylish you.