THE JOURNEY TO FINDING YOUR PERSONAL STYLE
Heck, it’s been a journey and a half.
As we’ve now ventured into the A/W months, I’ve definitely realised that I’ve come into my own with my personal style. 26 years later and I’ve figured out what works for me, what certainly doesn’t and everything else in-between. Trust me when I say that it’s been a real game of trial and error, where I’ve worn everything from tutu’s to Mr T type chains - let’s just say they’re not my proudest moments. Swiftly moving on into the present; and although I’m not a slave to trends, I definitely like to dabble and when I find one I like (e.g. currently animal print) I go in hard. To me, fashion is like love - I fall, hard.
I’ve noticed that there’s definitely a knack to finding your own personal style and certain steps to follow and so I thought I’d share my thoughts with you all just in case any of you are in need of a style upheaval.
UNDERSTAND YOUR BODY SHAPE
The most important thing about dressing is understanding your own body shape and knowing what silhouettes show it off best. I don’t want to sound like Trinny and Susannah here but definitely take a second to think about what “bracket” you fall into. For me, I’m an hourglass and so I look to find shapes and styles that flatter my curves (but that also skim over the parts that I’m not so fond of!) Shapes that I know definitely work for me:
Wide leg jumpsuits
Skinny, high waisted jeans
FIND YOUR SIGNATURE PIECES
Most of our ultimate style icons have signatures you can spot a mile off, this can be an accessory, a colour or a print or even a beauty trick. For example, Anna Wintour has her signature sunglasses and Emma Hill is the blazer queen. Next it’s time to figure out yours! When I look back at my stye over the last few seasons, there’s a consistent item that keeps making a comeback - a trusty wrap dress. They’re flattering, versatile and you can find so many different options.
INVEST IN KEY ITEMS
Sadly, I don’t have thousands of pounds to invest in designer items and so for me, investing is basically just spending more than twenty quid on the high-street. I only - really - invest in two wardrobe staples - coats and boots because I feel like both items are pretty timeless if you pick the right colours and silhouettes.
RECOGNISE THE ITEMS THAT DON’T WORK FOR YOU
This is such an important step. Although it may be tricky, really take a good hard look at yourself in the mirror and think about whether or not certain shapes or styles work for you. Even if you really really really love that one item, if it doesn’t work for your shape or make you feel good, it’s not worth clinging onto. My god, I’ve bought a ludicrious amount of clothes over the past decade that I shudder at the thought of wearing now because I just know those pieces don’t look good on me - e.g. crop tops and anything body-con *shudder shudder shudder*
FIND THE COLOURS THAT SUIT YOU
This is equally as important. Everyone gravitates towards certain colour schemes, and once upon a time, I wore a whole rainbow of colours but now that I look at my wardrobe, I definitely notice the same sort of colours reappearing time and time again - black, white, nude tones, browns, reds etc. As much as I love the thought of wearing neon yellow or a fuchsia pink, I just know it wouldn’t happen - or it’d be a “worn once” kinda situation. I think it’s also important to make sure the colours in your wardrobe work together as a whole package so you can interchange and mix items easily.
DON’T RULE OUT A “UNIFORM”
When I’m “off-duty” from shoots, events etc, I love to strip it back biiiiig time. Although I’ve admitted that I do love me a good wrap dress, day-to-day I definitely mostly reach for straight leg blue jeans, a white tee and a good jacket / coat. Classic, timeless and you honestly can’t go wrong.