#FashionTips: How to develop your personal fashion style

Lolita Bunde

Developing a personal style takes time and patience; it is okay to get it wrong once in a while (Shutterstock)

It reaches a point in every lady’s life where they feel they need to upgrade from their usual looks, or simply revamp their wardrobes.

Starting this fashion journey can be overwhelming, especially when you don’t know the first step to matching various textures, pieces or even colours.

Developing your personal style takes time and patience. It is okay to get it wrong once in a while, even Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Here are simple tips to help you develop your own personal fashion style:

Be observant

The first step to creating your own fashion sense is paying attention to details.

Follow fashion bloggers on social media, focus on how they pair their pieces and how they blend colours.

Also, while in the streets, see how ladies are matching outfits. This would actually be easier to assess because of their proximity to you.

Develop a sense of understanding to outfits. When you learn the do’s and don’ts in fashion, it will be easier to create a niche for yourself because you understand the ropes.

Fashion is everywhere around you, just observe and learn.

Be a copycat

As the saying goes: fake it till you make it. It is not any different when it comes to fashion.

The fashion industry is the only place a person cannot claim an idea as their own.

Copy ideas from your favourite celebrities, try out everything they are doing that you fancy and find what actually works for you.

Copying sounds like a bad thing but it really isn’t when you are focusing on making yourself look fabulous. The best part about being a copycat is that you slowly learn how to style pieces without even realizing it.

While being a copycat may seem fun, try to pick out a fashion mentor who isn’t within your area of reach.

Don’t go copying and replicating everything your workmate owns.

Copying works best when people nearest to you cannot relate to the style you are going for, this way you are not a cliché.

If you want to change and develop your personal style, you first have to step out of your comfort zone (Shutterstock)

Identify your favourite pieces

Go through your wardrobe and check for the kinds of clothes you mainly buy. You can even write them down so you don’t forget.

What colours do you put on often? What kinds of textures are you attracted to? These details are very important.

Once you have a clear picture of the kind of pieces you are comfortable with, you can easily be guided by this list you’ve created on the things you need to shop more, moderate or less.

When you understand the kind of pieces you mainly go for, it is unlikely you will buy a fashion item you won’t need.

Furthermore, by sorting out your clothes and accessories, you can easily decide on the new clothes you will need in order to develop and upgrade your style.

Establish your capsule wardrobe

Establishing your capsule wardrobe plays a very vital role when it comes to defining your personal style.

There are fashion pieces that are universal all around the world, you can’t afford not to have them in your closet. You can do your research and find out what capsule items are missing in your closet and fill in the gaps.

Once you have established your capsule wardrobe you can start experimenting with other colours and textures as you slowly grow bolder into expanding your fashion style.

Step out of your comfort zone

Every journey begins with the one step. If you want to change and develop your personal style, you first have to step out of your comfort zone.

Go for bolder colours and blend colours that terrify you, experiment with new textures and see how it goes for you.

If you only put on pants, how about trying out skirts or dresses? Spice things up a little.

Sometimes your fashion sense is defined by what the people around you think and say about your style.

Try something new and see the difference, you might be shocked by the outcome.

Do your research

The basis of any good project is always research. If you have no place to start, go online and see how your favourite stylists piece together their items.

Do online searches on how to pair various pieces together. You could actually learn a thing or two while researching, like fashion hacks and best styles to try out.

Ultimately, when it comes to developing your personal fashion style, the most important thing to remember is to keep an open mind and let change happen.

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