When we are young girls most of us prefer to conform when it comes to fashion. It’s very common to see groups of teens out all wearing a ‘uniform’ – same style jeans, same style top etc. etc. I’m sure we can all remember the stares, whispers and giggles aimed at the teenager who dared to be different in her dress style. As we mature, we realise what that girl actually had done – she had found her personal sense of style and owned it. The best dressed women (and men) completely own their individual clothing personality. Celebrities employ stylists to create and maintain their style personality. They become famous for their dress style. Think of Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Princess Diana, Miranda Kerr and Olivia Palermo. It’s so much more than just buying the latest fashion.
Do you find you feel more comfortable in certain items in your wardrobe but others, for no apparent reason, make you feel like your wearing someone else’s clothes? Everyone naturally veers towards a couple of personal dress styles – it could be classic, bohemian, elegant or one of the many others. When you wear something outside of your natural leaning, you’ll feel uncomfortable, no matter how good you look. To find and then develop your clothing style personality, here’s a few steps:
1. Know yourself. The way you dress should reflect who you are – your likes, your interests, where you’ve come from and where you want to go. First impressions count, so show people who you are.
2. Get some inspiration. When you are watching movies, TV or surfing the net take note if you see an outfit that really appeals and ‘jumps out’ at you. Julie Bishop, Kate Middleton and Jennifer Aniston are names I regularly hear from my clients. . Create a “My Style” board on Pinterest and follow pinners and boards that have similar tastes to you.
3. Know your proportions. Knowing your body shape both vertically and horizontally, and the accompanying ‘rules’ of what to wear and what to avoid is an imperative part of being well dressed. I recommend that you use a Personal Stylist to help you – from my own experience, most women have the wrong idea of their body shape.
4. Find out which colours suit you best. Not just those that physically suit you, but those that also suit your personality.
5. Don’t let your friends influence you. How they dress is their own style. You need to make independent selections based on who you are and how you want others to see you.
6. Clear out the clothes cluttering your style. So you bought a hideously expensive tan suede jacket with tassels. On a whim. Never worn it. It doesn’t match any of your other mostly classic and elegant clothes. Get rid of it. Get. Rid. Of. It.
7. Practice. Remember when you were a little girl and played dress ups? Spend an afternoon having fun with your clothes. Put together new outfits and take apart ‘worn to death’ outfits. Mixing, matching and accessorising will lead you to exciting new combinations without spending a cent.
8. Have a signature piece. Jackie Onassis and large sunglasses. Queen Elizabeth and pearls. Alannah Hill and red lipstick. Need I say more?
As Rachel Zoe says “Style is a way of saying who you are, without having to speak”.