Last Updated on July 20, 2023 by Carissa
Just a heads up, I am by no means a fashion guru – in fact, it has only been in the last few years that I’ve found my kind of style and what I like to wear, which has emerged after a lot of trial and error and jumping from different styles before I finally settled for what I liked! I went from wearing bright bold colours, to Asian cute style, to casual street style and finally to my current style – simple and minimalistic. You’ll know when you’ve found your style because it will feel right when you wear it!
So, whether you love fashion or haven’t a clue where to start, I hope this helps you to identify what your personal style is! (OOTD details at the bottom of this page along with a cheeky quiz).
How does it make you feel:
You should choose pieces that make you feel confident and comfortable with yourself – what colours make you feel this way, and that you are drawn to? For me, I love wearing black and white and it’s so easy to match with other clothes and accessories, like this cream teddy fur coat that I’m wearing (which I’m absolutely loving at the moment!). I usually wear very plain bottoms like black or denim jeans, as it makes me feel so casual and laid-back, but recently I’ve been into plaid checkered leggings or trousers like this one! I think it makes the outfit more eye-catching, and goes very well with a plain top.
What works best on your body:
Everybody comes in different shapes and sizes, so when it comes to choosing clothes, it helps to know what your best features are so you can accentuate them, and know what you don’t want to flaunt so you don’t buy clothes that make you feel uncomfortable. For example, if you have a great figure, you may want to choose clothes that are fitting rather than loose so that it shows off your figure. Or if you have long legs, you may want to wear clothes like high-waisted shorts, which show off your legs rather than hides them. It all depends on what looks great on your body and how you feel when wearing them!
I always find having some staple pieces in my wardrobe as a go-to outfit really handy! My staple pieces would be some plain white/black tees (with or without logos) and different cardigans that you can just throw on top of an outfit. If you’re not sure what your style is, I recommend collecting different coloured cardigans as you can just pick the colour you want depending on your mood and the type of occasion! Eventually you’ll realise which coloured cardigan you always go for, and that is probably the colour(s) you’re most comfortable with!
Image Source: WhoWhatWhere
Don’t listen to others:
Don’t get me wrong, it is a good thing to be inspired by other people’s style and fashion sense, but what looks good on some people may not work for you. I used to have a hard time clothes shopping because I just couldn’t decide what to buy or what I really liked, because in the back of my mind, I was too conscious of what other people would think of me, worried if I would fit in with the crowd, wondering if people would look at me weirdly if I turned up to school like that – all those thoughts are not going to help you find out your true style, and it will hold you back from being yourself. You must ignore what other people are wearing/saying and just ask yourself if you really like it or not. It can take some trial and error to find out what you like/dislike, but you’ll get a feel for it eventually! Just be yourself and go with your gut.
Image Source: Lindsay Marcella
This is not the same as copying other people or what’s currently in trend, but finding outfits that align with your personality and would make you feel confident. I think using Pinterest to pin outfit ideas is a good way of learning about your style by collecting images of pieces that you would like. If you have a role model you can get inspired by outfits they wear, or try and pay attention to someone that has a similar body shape to you and see if any clothing looks particularly nice on them, as it can probably look nice on you too as you’ll both have similar features.
Image Source: Jenn Camp
Hope this helps some of you to identify your own style – it’s a growing process so it’ll come in time, but if you keep doing these 5 things it will definitely help steer you in the right direction 🙂 Fashion is always changing, so don’t be confused if your style keeps changing aswell, just go with the flow and see where it takes you!
If you’re really stuck, here’s a fun little quiz to help you find out what your style is! I did it and ended up getting classic and chic haha!
Feel free to share your styles and what you love in the comments below! I hope you enjoyed this post <3
My outfit details:
Beanie hat: New Look
Black top: Topshop
Checkered trousers: Boohoo
Teddy coat: River Island