10 Tips To Finding Your Personal Style

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  • When shopping, buy at least one item that’s really ‘you’ for every three practical items.
  • Only buy really striking items if you know you have items in your wardrobe which will go with them to make an outfit (or buy more things to go with your new exciting item) otherwise your wardrobe will be a cluttered and confusing place.
  • Basics are the glue which holds things together but have you thought about getting several in different colours or some with a little bit of detailing on. It’s amazing the difference lots of small details can make if you aren’t keen on wearing a statement piece.
  • Never wear something simply because it is in fashion if you aren’t really feeling it. Your outfit needs to revolve around you not the other way around. The clothes are highlighting your personality, you are not adjusting your identity to fit with the clothes.
  • Lot’s of things look nice but will it earn it’s place in your wardrobe? If you are buying a main item like a dress or some shoes it has to feel like you’ve been lucky to have discovered something that is so ‘you’, otherwise you will end up wearing perfectly good outfits which you aren’t remotely arsed about.
  • Don’t go shopping when you are tired, stressed (unless it’s therapy), distracted or are very short on time. This never ends well!
  • When getting dressed don’t automatically think “What will people think?” Unless you’ve decided to cosplay at the funeral of an elderly relative, it’s non of their business! As long as you like it and it doesn’t feel forced, then that’s what matters.
  • Obviously there will be occasions like funerals, weddings, dinners at posh restaurants, when you do need to dress a certain way but it doesn’t mean you can’t add your own bit of flair with an accessory, pin or print. It’s in the details remember.
  • If you need a specific item it’s best to have a specific idea of exactly what type you want. In your head think about the detailing, the cut, the colour, the length. What decade or genre should it look like it’s from? More importantly how should it make you feel and what are you trying to express or convey when you wear it? Once you have this picture in your head go and track down your wonderful item!
  • You shouldn’t have to grudgingly make do with items you dislike. Donate anything to charity that doesn’t fit you well or that was an impulse “what the hell was I thinking” kind of purchase. This will probably drastically reduce the size of your wardrobe but it will be a case of choosing rather than eliminating items to wear every morning. A lot less depressing and time consuming. Plus you will feel better about every outfit that you wear! You can always gradually rebuild your wardrobe with items that are suitable once you have a clearer idea of what you want and need.

Chrissie

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