Everyone has struggled to find their style at one point or another. But with a few simple adjustments and some tips, finding your style shouldn’t be too difficult.
Style is all about finding the right balance. However, there are several things to consider; from color matching, design selection, to finding the right style that best expresses your personality, and several other factors.
Whether you’re a complete fashion newbie or if you are looking to further improve the way you dress, here are some things that you can do to become more stylish.
1. Look for Inspiration
First things first, look for some inspiration. List down the names of your favorite artists, style icons, and influencers. From there, do a bit of research and check out fashion blogs, Instagram, or Pinterest. Look at what clothes they are wearing, how they mix colors, what shoes they pair with their outfits, how they accessorize and so on.
You can also look for inspiration in your everyday environment! Pay attention to your friends’ and co-workers’ outfits, sit in a café and watch people passing by, or check out what your fellow commuters are wearing on your way to work. Getting inspiration from different sources is a great way to figure out what you like and dislike.
2. Begin with the Basics
Begin with the basics – they are the building blocks of your entire wardrobe. It is never a bad idea to have white T-shirts, denim jeans, and black sneakers in your rotation. They work in a variety of situations. A selection of easy-to-wear basics allows you to be prepared for practically any situation. Other basic items include shirts in neutral colors, sweaters, jackets, and some plain dress shirts.
Once you have a decent selection of basics, then it’s time to expand. The good thing is that you probably have a few basics already, so a few adjustments should be enough to get it right.
3. Practice Color Matching
Want to color match your clothes but don’t know how to do it? Color matching your outfits can help you stand out and show that you have a sense of style. If you are unfamiliar with color matching your clothes, here are some basic ideas to keep in mind.
Start with neutral colors – they don’t clash with other colors and are safe to match with. Neutral colors include white, grey, and black. So, for example, you can pair a white shirt with black jeans. Or a black suit and white shirt with a blue tie. Once you feel comfortable mixing and matching, you can add more colors that complement each other. Experiment with cool and warm colors, and you can further experiment with different shades and tints.
4. Consider the Small Details
Small details can make a big difference to how your entire outfit looks. While accessories such as necklaces, rings, watches, and other jewelry are an obvious go-to, there are understated highlights that clothing can add to improve your style. Hats and socks are good examples.
For instance, if you want to go with a simple T-shirt, jeans, and sneakers combo in neutral colors, you might want to wear your favorite baseball cap to complete the look.
The tips above are great for those who are just starting to discover their style. But remember that you have to step out of your comfort zone eventually.
Actively seek out and try new styles, colors, and accessories that are outside your comfort zone. Experiment and have fun! The only way to ever get to a place where you can say, yes this is my style, is by exposing yourself to different things and finding out exactly what you do and don’t like.