Finding & Defining your Personal Style; A key to looking pulled together.

The key to looking great isn’t following all of the latest fashion trends. It’s staying true to your personal style. But what if you don’t know what your style is?

You can only develop your unique style by first discovering yourself, searching for inspiration, creating a fashion mood board, and experimenting with styles.

Quick Question: Why is personal style important?

Have you heard of the phrase, – ‘Your outfit is self-expression.’???

This brings us to highlight the discussion on 3 folds. Viz;

1. What is Personal Style?

2. Strategies to Finding your personal style

3. Outfit ideas for different personality & Why is having a personal style important.

Style refers to a person’s particular way of expressing themselves—whether that’s through clothing, writing style, or a style of architecture. In the fashion world, “style” is usually represented for “personal style,” or the way an individual expresses themselves through aesthetic & sartorial choices such as their clothing, accessories, hairstyle, and the way they put an outfit together.

Style is timeless. Someone who is stylish may or may not follow fashion trends, but they always stay true to their own aesthetic. Personal style is about developing a sense of self rather than simply absorbing trends.

Strategies to finding your personal style!

Finding your personal style isn’t something you can do overnight, even @MaiAtafo didn’t get it once. But there are strategies you can use to learn more about the clothing that works for you.

1. _Look to your own personal closet._ Think about the clothes you have that make you happy, rather bring them out for sorting. What are the favorite items in your closet? Pull these pieces out and think about why they make you feel really good.

Take cognizance of what they have in common.

2. _Search for fashion inspiration._ When looking for fashion inspiration, start with family and friends whose style you admire. Then go to celebrities, influencers, National(The MBuharis) & International leaders (The Obama’s)

Spend time on social media pages, and observe how friends and Favorite celebrities dress, from casual outfits like shirt & shorts, to crop tops and leggings for ladies to work-ready blazers and turtlenecks.

Blogs or different mobile apps, Ibadan & Lagos fashion design pages are full of fashion tips and inspiration, so find a few fashion bloggers whose style interests you and search through their archives for your favorite outfits. If there is a celebrity or an influencer whose style you like, try to find out who that celeb’s stylist is, and look to them for inspiration. Fashion magazines are another great source. Learn about different style types, and identify the ones with which you most align.

3. *Creating a fashion mood board*. A mood board is a cool & great way to work toward developing your personal style. Once you’ve gathered your fashion inspiration, compile these images into a mood board. Even if your inspiration feels like it’s all over the place, you might discover that a lot of your models are wearing denim jeans, a lot of them are wearing maxi dresses, a lot of them are wearing tops with ruffles—that’s still an overarching vibe or mood that you’re going for. Choose two or three images that exemplify the aesthetic of the group, and keep those images on your phone or rather save with the Instagram icon from pages that picks your interest so that you can look at them when you’re out shopping.

4. _Now Create a capsule wardrobe._ A capsule wardrobe is a collection of basics that you can mix and match to create effortless looks that seem peng. These are classic pieces in neutral colors that go with everything or you do some monochromatic look: a little black dress, a denim jacket, simple T-shirts, a leather tote. You might already have some of these in your closet: Keep the ones that make you feel great, and replace everything else with basics that really work for you. These items may be simple, but they’ll help you show off your unique style by providing a foundation for more exciting pieces. Locally, for many in this part of the world, their cap is the distinguishing feature that they carry.

5. _Discovering your style by experimenting with unique style choices._ Once you’ve built your capsule wardrobe collection, it’s time to add unique pieces to your wardrobe that shows off your style personality. This might involve some experimentation, and little cash so remember that it’s okay if you ‘change your mind’, I have a particular client that makes shirts & suits with my brand and recently called to remake all his shirts from us into half collared shirts because part of our USP is _Customer satisfaction and long use of products,_ we did this and he’s happy wearing his personal style around, another famous one is the round caps with tassel, this may be a trend but some are known with this style already.

Personal style is all about playing with fashion to discover which clothes make you feel your best. You can start with bold accessories (we have many vendors online that can curate some for you) and pops of color (I’m available for free color & style guide) and then work on mixing and matching prints and textures.

A fashion maestro once said;

‘Your clothing can indicate emotions, ambition, your spending habits, and conscious consumption.’

So you need to get it right, and the time is now!😒🥺

Written by Hassan Dgenius

Comments

  • D'genius Bespoke
    July 6, 2021 at 8:42 am

    Swashbuckling

  • Faith Feejay
    July 6, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    Very insightful and interesting to read

  • Warieta Gift Ejovwoke
    July 6, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    Awesome piece. Thank you Hassan for this insight.

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