At 27 years old, I am rebuilding my personal style. Like most women I have tried for years to keep up with internet trends and the latest fast fashion. It is exhausting and overrated. I had a realization after purging my closet for the 5th time this year that I need to sit down and understand my style. I did this in several different steps, and I wanted to share them here because I figured I cannot be the only person going through this. Without further ado let’s get into steps to finding your personal style:
Pay Attention to Want you are Throwing Out/Giving Away I heard this tip from one of my favorite Youtubers @PatriciaBright. I started noticing that most of the items I am consistently getting rid of were bright colors and items with patterns. This made me realize that I need to stop purchasing brightly colored items and all things with a paisley print. Now when I go into a store, I walk right past all the summer prints because I know it will just end up in my donation pile in 3 months
Find your Color Pallet I made the decision to only wear colors in the neutral family such as: white, grey, olive, tan, and black. The reason I chose these this color group because all those colors blend well together, and I do not have to force or overthink a look. I have been using three different colors from my neutral pallet daily to create a look. Now I do still have a few stand out colors like pink and yellow because I personally love those colors against my skin tone. I have about 5 articles of clothing in yellow and pink; they are use with my neutrals to create diversity in my look-book
TIP: My color palette are neutrals. I love the effortlessness of pairing neutrals pieces together to create a look. BUT whenever I want pops of color or to spice up my outfits I use accessories to create those looks. For example: neon colors are in trend right now and have been for the past 2 summers but I refuse to waste money on neon clothes. Instead I brought neon colored earrings and bags to make my outfits pop.
Accessories you in your closet: earrings, bracelets, necklaces, scarves and handbags.
Choose a Celebrity Style Crush I am a visual learner. By having visual representations of different styles have been amazing because it shows me how to style simple items. My style icons are Traci Ellis Ross, Tesse Thompson, Lee Litumbe, Jessice Pettway (IG jessicapettway), and 90s icons (Hillary banks, whitley Gilbert and Cher Horowitz) . When picking icons you want to model think about..
What do you like about their style?
Is the first question you need to ask once you have identified your icons. I love how each of these women can make simple pieces (jeans, white t-shirts) look amazing. I am obsessed with Traci’s street style fashion because she makes suits look so chic. Lee Litumbe is a travel blogger, but I love her use of color blocking with bright colors. Tessa can make anything look so regal and elegant effortlessly. You can see so much of her personality projected through her use of patterns and layering.
Create a Secret Style Mood Board- You can either make it this the old fashion way with magazine cut outs or online. Once again Pinterest comes to recuse with inspiration. I think I use Pinterest for everything. By creating a mood board of individual items, it gives you 100s of style inspiration. I have found it helpful to break down each piece of clothing vs looks. For example I have one subboard for blazers, trousers, etc. and create looks from that article. See my Style Board below
This gives you different variety in your looks vs just looking for a complete outfit each time. I started out by only making boards of items I ALREADY have in my closet vs. running out buying stuff to make one outfit.
These tips helped me start to figure out my personal style. It has taken me about 6 months to begin to be confident in dressing myself for various events.
Which tip did you find most helpful?
Tell me in the comments.