What is your personal style?

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:

  • Classic/Conservative
  • Sophisticated/Chic
  • Trendy/Fashionista
  • Creative/Eclectic
  • Dramatic/Bombshell
  • Romantic/Feminine
  • Natural/Earthy
  • Sporty/Active

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.

xoxo

(Images from Google Images, Concept from The Wardrobe Academy)

My Personal Style is Romantic and Feminine

ROMANTIC AND FEMININE

  • You have a love for all things pretty and feminine and this is visible in how you dress.
  • You prefer muted or pastel colours, floral prints and tend to choose unstructured pieces with ruffles, flounces or lace in soft floaty silks, voiles and velvet.
  • You know how to layer and normally wear layered clothes with different colours and textures, but always look well put together.
  • Your accessories are usually floral themed, in natural materials such as wooden beads, crystal, pearl, marquisette or any other girly natural materials.
  • You will often wear decorative details not just as accessories, such as a bracelet or necklace, but will take it further and wear decotations such as brooches in your hair etc.
  • You would choose a fringed shawl, pashmina or soft cardigan over a structured jacket and would seldom wear anything tailored.
  • Your look can also tend towards a behemian style, giving you a free-spirited hippy or ethnic look.

Examples are Kirsten Dunst, Kate Hudson, Nicole Richie, Nicole Kidman, Serena van der Woodsen (Gossip Girl).

(Images from Google Images, Concept/Words from The Wardrobe Academy)

 

My personal style is Creative / Eclectic

CREATIVE / ECLECTIC

  • You enjoy an unique and interesting look and have a flair for combining unusual pieces.
  • You most likely work in a creative field such as design, music, art, etc. expressing your individualism through clothes.
  • You don’t really follow fashion, but rather look to the avant-garde designers for inspiration.
  • You often adopt a look that is vintage in nature, combining different styles such as 50′s bombshell, goth, retro, punk, rocker, new romantic etc.
  • Your outfits tend to be busy, consisting of many layers, bold unusual accessories such as hats, lots of costume jewellery etc.
  • You favour black, bright colours and loud prints, often combining pieces that clas, but somehow make it work.
  • You enjoy shopping, but are not fond of chain stores, preferring smaller boutiques as well as rummaging through second hand stores for vintage finds and interesting onc-off pieces.

Examples are Vivienne Westwood, Helena Bonham Carter, Sharon Osborne

(Images from Google Images, Concept/Words from The Wardrobe Academy)

My personal style is Trendy / Fashionista

TRENDY / FASHIONISTA

  • You are a dedicated follower of fashion.
  • You are not afraid to stand out in a crowd.
  • You wear the latest cutting edge trends and fads, and you usually know what it will be before it becomes main stream.
  • You are adventurous with your wardrobe, never boring or stuck in a style rut.
  • Your look changes with every season as new trends come and go.
  • Most of your clothes is only worn for one season.
  • Your style is always changing.
  • You love shopping, fashion TV, fashion magazines, and you always keep an eye on what celebrities are wearing and the latest looks on the catwalks.
  • You shop anywhere that stocks the latest trends and are happy to mix low-end chain store pieces with high-end couture pieses.

Examples are Paris Hilton, Victoria Beckham, Sarah Jessica Parker.

(Images from Google Images, Concept/Words from The Wardrobe Academy)

My personal style is Classic/Conservative

CLASSIC / CONSERVATIVE

  • You tend to have a formal wardrobe and like to appear well turned-out, neat and elegant.
  • You most likely lead a professional, high profile, upper class life and or work in a corporate environment.
  • You prefer tailored pieces and timeless basics in neutral colours with simple clean lines and minimal fuss.
  • Suits and co-ordinated separates in high quality fabrics are the basis of your look.
  • Your casual style could be described as preppy: classic chinos, polo shirt or a twinset and pearls.
  • You will very rarely wear jeans, but then only if it’s a classic,well cut and good fabric.  No washed denim with rips etc.
  • You are not all that bothered with seasonal fashion trends, and prefer to invest in good quality staple pieces when necessary.

Examples are Hillary Clinton, Jane Fonda, Princess Diana.

(Images from Google Images, Concept/Words from The Wardrobe Academy)