Having your own perspective in fashion can be difficult with so much marketing material out there. Without even knowing it we are influenced by an ad campaign on television or in a magazine, or simply by the repetition of black boots on the market. So you walk into a mall and end up buying a pair of black boots, when all this time you really love BROWN BOOTS!
So how do you develop your individual style? I’ve got a few tips that have worked for me.
ONE. I don’t intentionally follow big brand names just because they are popular. In my research to start this blog one piece of advice stood out to me. It was ‘look up what’s trending and what the big labels are producing”. My thoughts were “but if I do that how will I show case my own style?’. I am sure that at some point I will lose out on a blogging job for having written this, however this is my honest truth. And I’ve felt like a fashion fraud for it for many years. But I don’t follow all of the big labels and keep up with them every season. . Maybe my decisions are fickle, but I find it easier to choose what I authentically like off of a website or in a store front if I haven’t been influenced to do so by the weight of a brand name.
TWO. Follow accounts and labels that inspire you. I tend to follow bloggers that have a real unique style sensibility, not necessarily at all something I would wear, just style that excites something in me. This doesn’t encourage me to dress the way they do, but instead inspires me to showcase my own unique style without feeling self-conscious. So if you are inspired to try new things but feel nervous, follow bloggers that make you feel at home and encourage you to be expressive.
THREE. I wear what works for my body type. We’ve all been at this dressing thing for a few years now and we know what works for our shape, height and proportions. If you haven’t tried a silhouette, try it! Maybe you will be blown away by your ability to pull it off. I see this happen time and time again. If you still don’t feel comfortable after trying it, then ditch it. Confidence will be your greatest asset in owning your style, so if you are compromising your comfort then chances are you aren’t pulling it off well. When I wear a piece that I know works for my frame, I feel confident and I own the outfit. Get to know what works for you if you don’t already.
FOUR. I only follow trends that excite me. There are lots of trends out there, if you’ve got an eclectic style as I do, then maybe you will want to jump into all of them, but know that what’s trending isn’t necessarily what works for you. Or tweak it so it does! If the trend is leopard printed maxi skirts and you don’t think patterns work on the lower half of your body, then wear a solid color below and put the leopard print on top. Or transfer it to your accessories. You’ll pull off pretty much the same look and do it more effectively for YOU.
FIVE. Complete the look. I mention this over and over to my Maison Fifi customers. Whether you enjoy fine jewelry, statement jewelry, are a minimalist or a bohemian, adding accessories to your look will add loads of style and differentiate you from the store mannequin. I encourage women to spend a little more on their accessories, you can wear them over and over, so you will get your money’s worth. You only need a few pieces that you can repeat with various outfits. Two rules of thumb to note here, 1. turquoise accessories accentuate just about any outfit choice, and 2. don’t match the colour of your earrings to your ring AND bracelet AND shoes, unless your jewelry is a metal. Then it’s ok to match, but by all means you don’t have to. These days silver, gold and bronze can all we worn successfully in the same ensemble.
If you thought this post was helpful leave me a comment down below. ✨ If you want more details on any point let me know that too. Didn’t want to bore you guys with 4 pages of tips. lol But I am happy to on request. lol Happy styling! 😊