The way we dress up plays a huge role in how others perceive us. Whether consciously or not, certain pieces we choose to wear sends out messages about our roles and goals. My encounter with one woman helped me realize this. She would cause heads to turn and her success came down to her ability to portray herself as sophisticated. Wanting to uncover the secret behind her style, I observed her outfit choices. She would wear a lot of dark shades and don a matte red lip to seal the look.
It really complimented her pale skin, piercing blue eyes, and auburn hair. But I doubt many people can pull this look off. That’s lead me to see the difference between fashion and style. Fashion is something that causes you to mimic others- whether it being designers or celebrities. It leads you to go on seasonal shopping sprees to update your wardrobe to ‘be in trend’.
Style, on the other hand, is unique to you. It focuses on you as a person and describes who you are. This is based on your lifestyle, values, interest, personal traits, moods, body type and skin tone. If you can develop a personal style, you’ll never need to worry about ‘fashion’ again while still appearing fashionable. You’ll be comfortable, confident, and maybe even a trend setter.
So, let us begin with the guide on how to do so:
Analyse your favorite outfits Perhaps you love floral prints and flowy pieces? Or perhaps your go-to-pieces are more sporty and casual? Based on this, you can figure out whether your style is more feminine, sporty, classy, or edgy. If you don’t have a style, pick one based on your goals and interests.
Pick a style icon(s) for inspiration If you have a more bohemian style, perhaps a braided up do on your style icon (s) serves as inspiration for your hairstyle. Pinterest is great for this kind of stuff. By consciously noticing specific style choices, you will stay on track when shopping.
Don’t be afraid to go outside the box You should play up to your strengths and what has worked for you in the past. But don’t be afraid to go outside the box. Shop at vintage stores, swop items with friends, and make risky choices at times. It is all about experimenting, having fun, and finding out what works for you.
Sometimes, however, having a professional pair of eyes helps in discovering and implementing a personal style. At ImageKhru, we do a thorough style consultation helping clients to make an impact and influence with flair.