I used to believe that having a signature style was boring.
I saw it as a way of restricting creativity and playfulness in your wardrobe.
Wearing the same thing, day in and day out. Sure it may make life a bit easier knowing what you’re going to wear everyday. But where’s the fun? Where’s the adventure?
This was before I really understood the power of having a signature style.
Turns out it’s not about following rules or restricting yourself – in fact having a signature style can be quite freeing.
Yes it means you have a go-to look you wear over and over, but not in a restrictive way.
It’s about having something you always feel comfortable in, know looks good on you, and can wear to a variety of occasions.
This isn’t something that can appear over night. It evolves over time from trial and error. From being open and willing to play in order to learn what you truly love and enjoy to wear.
As I’ve dubbed 2018 the year of discovery, it probably comes as no surprise that one thing I’m interested in cultivating is a more signature look.
Being a strong believer that style is more than what you wear, I see having a signature style coincide with having a strong sense of self awareness and confidence in who you are.
And that can lead to confidence in other areas of your life, empowering you to take on the world each day.
I know this to be very true for me.
Whenever I feel confident in the way I’m dressed I have more energy and motivation to tackle whatever comes my way. Plus, I have fun while doing it.
Get The Look 👇🏾
There are very few who are born with an innate sense of style and self awareness.
Many of us, myself included, have to work at it. But it is a skill that can be learned – all it takes is a little practice.
So whether you’re brand new to this thing called style, or like me and looking a refreshing update, here are 3 steps I’m taking to develop a signature style from scratch.
3 Steps to Developing a Signature Style from Scratch
O b s e r v e
The first step to developing a signature style is to train your eye by paying attention to your surroundings and what captures your attention.
Look at how other people are styling themselves, notice what items they wear, the colors they mix, the shoes they pair with a look, how they accessorize.
Also take notice of what you’re currently wearing and how that makes you feel each day.
Observe what clothes flatter your body, what colors complement your skintone, what items you tend to gravitate to. And don’t forget to take note of what doesn’t work for you.
Becoming an expert observer of yourself and the world around you is how you begin to create a blueprint for your signature look.
I m i t a t e
They say imitation is the best form of flattery. Well I believe it also happens to be the best form in developing a style all your own.
Think about a time when you were first learning a new craft – whether it was yoga, drawing, or a new language, most likely your instructor started out by giving you examples of other experts to study and imitate in order to learn how to do it yourself.
This same concept applies to developing a signature style.
Simply look to those who’s style you admire, whether it be celebrities, bloggers, or people in your personal life.
Imitation is super helpful because it forces you to pay attention to details. And when it comes to developing a signature style – details matter.
It’s also a great way to hone in on your individual preferences as you’ll discover things that you love as well as things you’re not a big fan of. Both outcomes are great as you’re simply narrowing down what works and what doesn’t for yourself.
Which actually brings me to the last step…
E x p e r i m e n t
In reality, the only way to ever get to a place where you can confidently say – yes this is my style – is by exposing yourself to a TON of different aesthetics and experimenting to find what you like and what you don’t.
Anyone you admire and think has great style has gone through this stage.
I, for one, can point to many outfits that were questionable before I started learning what I like and what works for me – and I’m still learning to this day.
And to be really honest – even if you have a signature style, there’ll always be a bit of experimentation.
You’ll grow and evolve as a person, and so will your style and taste.
So even if you feel secure in your style right now, continue to actively seek out new colors, styles, and silhouettes.
Now I’d love to hear from you!
Do you have or want a signature style?
Share with me in the comments below.
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