The concept of style is a difficult one to define because it means something different to everyone you ask. However, regardless of what you want to wear, your personal style should be something that helps to accommodate your body shape, your preferences and also your roots. Whether it’s a dress unique to your tastes or accessories that show off your cultural heritage, there’s a lot that can be done to show off your personal style and build your own fashion sense.
However, for every good idea you have, there’s probably a bad idea following closely behind it. So in this article, we’re going to draw the line between what you should and shouldn’t do in order to personalise your own style.
Don’t blindly follow trends
Let’s face it, we’re all somewhat affected by trends that we see on Instagram and fashion websites and we need to learn to avoid these in order to truly put together an outfit that is unique to your style. While it’s great for inspiration, don’t just blindly follow the trends and set yourself apart (at least, within reason!)
Wear what’s comfortable
A lot of people underestimate the value of comfort. Some people will wear whatever’s trendy or has the right colours and completely ignore the idea of wearing something that is comfortable and suits your body type. As a result, they’ll walk strange, they’ll be dying to get out of their clothes and it’ll be an overall horrible experience. This means picking clothes that suit your body type, shoes that don’t make your feet hurt and clothes that are suitable for the weather. If you’re comfortable in your own clothes, you’ll wear them with far more confidence!
Embrace the power of accessories
Be it brand-new sunglasses, silver nose rings or your favourite bag, accessories can greatly enhance your personal style if used correctly. The idea is to use it as a way to balance out your existing outfits. For example, if you’re wearing a relatively plain shirt, then you can add to it with accessories such as belts, a bag, a necklace or even rings and bracelets. If you want to draw attention to your face, then accessories such as earrings and sunglasses are a great way to do so. Think of accessories as a way to “fill out” the rest of your outfit, just remember not to use too many or else it will affect the overall image of your outfit and look a bit too stuffy and busy.
Go back to your roots
One of the best sources of inspiration absolutely has to be your roots. This could be something like a country-style dress or sweatpants from a popular old-school streetwear brand. Your roots defined you and paying homage to that is one of the best ways to get ideas for your personal style. Of course, you don’t need to go all the way back, but introducing a touch of nostalgia to your outfit can make it that much more personal and interesting.