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How to find your personal style?

Aathirai Rajasekar | August 29, 2021

One cannot simply become fashionable by following the latest trends. This post is for everyone who thinks fashion is about the clothes you wear and how popular they are. Like art, fashion is abstract and subjective. Just like how every artist works with his own canvas, your body is your canvas and you make the rules as to what goes on it. If I had a dollar for every time people asked me to suggest some “trendy” outfits, I’d be loaded. The key to looking great is to develop your personal style!

What is personal style?

It is a person’s way of expressing themselves in the aesthetic form of clothing, hairstyle, accessories, etc. It is about developing a sense of self with respect to the way you present yourself.

Why is it important to have a personal style?

Well, it says a lot about you without even having to speak. The way you dress affects the way people perceive you. But don’t get too wound up on what people might think about you because style is all about you and you can never please everyone with your choices. Most importantly, your clothes should put a smile on your face!

How do you find your personal style?

In case you don’t know this already, we all sub consciously have a sense of style. Here are some tips to channel that:

  1. Open your wardrobe and take a good look at your clothes. I’m sure you’ll see some sort of a pattern there, be it with the colours/ silhouettes/ prints. Think about why you gravitate towards them and you’re already halfway there.
  2. Try to find your fashion inspiration.These days, you have Instagram, Pinterest and what not to help you find inspiration. Create a mood board and save what you like and how you see yourself dress. Remember, inspiration doesn’t mean plagiarism! Do not try to copy what you see on the internet. Just because your favourite influencer is wearing a certain outfit, doesn’t mean you should too. However, you can get inspired by it and try to wear it differently by pairing it with different colours or accessories or even by wearing your hair differently. Never blatantly copy someone’s style!
  3. Invest quality time in knowing your materials, silhouettes and patterns. Trust me, that makes a world of a difference. For example, learn about which prints and patterns go well together, how to colour block and how you can style a piece in multiple ways.
  4. Trust the professionals! Now, this is something I swear by. If you can’t seem to wrap your head around things or simply don’t have time, seek help. Most importantly trust their instincts. Being a designer/stylist myself, I see people going above and beyond to get things done their way. As professionals, we want nothing but to give you good service. Next time, you take any such service, kindly listen to them as they’re trained professionals and do not disrespect the time, energy and the amount of work they put into their work. ( I know this part turned into a PSA but this had to be said)
  5. Last but definitely the most effective- Do not be scared to experiment. Try different styles, get out of your comfort zone and see what sticks. You’re going to make fashion faux pas but that is better than wearing boring clothes. For all you may know, something exciting could come out of this! No fashionista ever made it by playing by the rules, you got to take the risk. One of my recent experiments was a brocade blazer with a silk blend golden palazzos. If you think that sounds absurd, let me tell you, I got so many compliments for that outfit and most importantly, I loved wearing it.

Now, here’s some technical information! Feel free to skip but if you really want to know your personal style, remember point number 3- you have to invest time in knowing about things.

Professionally speaking, we classify style into 8 different categories-

  1. Classic- This style constitutes timeless pieces like your button down white shirt, pair of jeans, a good fitting blazer, etc.
  2. Romantic Vintage- This style consists of vintage inspired pieces like blouses with lace, puff sleeved dresses and three piece suits for men.
  3. Rock n Roll- This style is all about mixing elements together. Eg: studded jackets, leather pants, embellished shirts and dresses, etc.
  4. Bohemian- This style consists of fluid fabrics and flowy silhouettes inspired from the 60s and 70s like smock dresses, jute shirts, pom pom footwear, etc.
  5. Creative edgy- Here, we can see interesting clothing constructions, asymmetrical hemlines and unexpected sewing. This style consists of pieces like asymmetrical dresses, dhoti pants, pant saree, etc.
  6. Glam- Figure hugging, flattering and noticeable jewellery is what glam is all about.This style consists of sequin dresses, statement jewellery, tuxedos, etc.
  7. Minimalistic- Here you have simple silhouettes and neutral colours which can be paired in multiple ways.This consists of trench coats, cargo trousers, pencil skirts, etc.
  8. Sporty- Also known as athleisure. This consists of windbreaker jackets, bicycle shorts, polos, etc.

Like I said these are just reference points. One cannot create style by following a guide but you can use this to see what you like/ don’t like/ what you want to try. If you think you need to spend a lot while doing so, you are absolutely wrong. You can always borrow from your friends/fam, thrift or rent outfits.

Never be apologetic about the way you dress, it is your personal style after all.

I hope you found this article helpful and for further queries you can get in touch with me through mail or Instagram. We also offer personal styling and wardrobe consultation sessions.

Until next time!