You don’t have to dress like everyone else. Settling on your own individual style might allow you to feel more comfortable in your own skin. Developing a personal style generally isn’t something you can do overnight – it has to feel natural. Here are some ways to help you adopt your own personal style.
Consider your body shape
Finding a dress sense that suits you requires you to know your body shape well. There’s certain clothing you simply can’t wear when you’re tall and slim, just as there’s certain clothing you can’t wear if you’re short and curvier. There are companies that cater for specific body shapes selling specific items such as plus size dresses. You can find lots of advice online on the best clothing to wear for your body shape.
Emphasise your natural tones
Certain colours work better with certain natural hues. Certain colours may be able to complement your skin tone or bring out your eyes or match your hair. For example, burgundy can help to bring out brown eyes and bring out the warmth in dark skin.
Find your favourite colours
We all have preferred colours that we like to wear. Start relying on these colours more. These may be bright colours like reds, yellows and greens. Alternatively, you may feel more comfortable in neutral colours such as whites, greys and blacks.
Find your signature piece
Every individual style needs a signature piece. This could be an item of clothing, or colour of lipstick or a piece of jewellery. You don’t have to wear this every day – however, it should be something that people have picked up on you wearing a lot (ideally something they’ve complimented you on, or something that you simply love). You might even be able to diversify this signature piece such as buying lots of different coloured chequered shirts, or lots of different sunglasses or trying lots of different nail art – whatever it is that you’re obsessed over.
Get to know what you like and don’t like
It’s worth spending a few months experimenting to find out which clothes you like and don’t like. Go through your existing wardrobe and get rid of any items that you don’t wear or are unsure about. Eventually you can start creating a more thematic wardrobe catered around your individual style.
Be proud to be seen in the same dress twice
Too many of us worry about being seen in the same item of clothing twice. Someone with an individual style doesn’t care about this – they embrace this item of clothing as their signature piece. You’ll never be able to have a signature style if you’re always worried about being judged for wearing the same things as that is the point of having a signature style. Instead, focus on pairing this clothing with different accessories to make it a little different each time. You’ll be surprised what a different bag and shoes can do.