If you’ve never been the type to worry too much about the latest fashion trends but feel you’ve come to that stage in your life where you’d like to try and discover your own signature style, it can at first seem like a daunting task. So if you’re a complete fashion newbie and want some pointers on how to develop your sense of style, read on as we discuss six simple ways of doing so.
- Educate yourself on the fundamentals
For some of us, learning how to develop your sense of style and knowing how to dress well does not come naturally. But the good news is that this is something that can be learned. If you feel as though you’re starting your fashion journey from scratch, then why not enrol yourself in a stylist course. Completing a styling course is an excellent way of getting to know the basics such as dressing for your body shape or what colour combinations work best.
- Take note of those around you
One of the best ways of developing a better sense of style is to observe how other people style their clothing. Taking note of the clothing and accessories that other people wear helps train your eye into knowing what you like and what you dislike when it comes to fashion. How do they dress for their figure? How do they accessorise different outfits? When you see outfits that you like the look of, try and figure out how it has been put together. Was it the colours, the fabrics or just the overall vibe that caught your eye? Once you know what you like and have identified how you can create similar looks, you can start to invest in pieces that will help you do so.
- Experiment with different styles
How are you supposed to identify which types of clothing you prefer unless you try them out? Developing your personal style is all about experimentation. Go into stores and spend hours in the changing rooms if needed! The more styles you experiment with, the more likely you are to find something you love.
- Imitate your favourite fashion idols
Even though you’re trying to develop your own signature look, that doesn’t mean that it has to be totally unique. Sometimes it’s helpful to look at other people’s outfits and imitate it in order to gain a starting point which you can then build on. Trying to imitate certain looks also makes you pay more attention to how outfits are put together, which will in turn, help you to recognise how the smallest details can completely change the outfit’s overall look.
- Get out of your comfort zone
Your personal style will never develop if you’re reluctant to try new things. Try to avoid sticking with the same outfits you know look good and instead, take a risk on something new. Sure, sometimes these risks may not pay off but you could be surprised. Set yourself tasks or challenges such as looking for outfits in stores you would usually overlook or trying unusual silhouettes that you’ve never tried before.
- Don’t take it too seriously
The key to developing your own sense of style is to have fun with fashion and don’t take it too seriously. Try to remember that it’s only clothing, as long as you’re happy and feel comfortable in the clothes you wear, you can’t really go wrong. Even the most fashionable people you may know will have experienced one or two fashion faux pas at some point. If you feel like you missed the mark, learn from it and move on, don’t feel disheartened!
We can sometimes get stuck in a rut when it comes to day-to-day self-styling and after sticking with your favourite “go-to” pieces for so long, the thought of trying new things may be overwhelming. Following the above tips should make taking the first steps to a more fashionable you so much easier than you first imagined.