For years, I struggled with finding the right clothing to complete my wardrobe and express my style. But no matter how much I shopped, I never seemed to find that one piece of clothing that could magically solve all my problems. It took me a lot of trial and error to figure out what worked for me and what I liked. But now, I can confidently say that I have a closet full of clothes that match and absolutely love. And I believe you can, too! By following these 10 insider tips for mastering your style, you’ll be on your way to a wardrobe that reflects your individuality.
- Spend Time Looking At Clothes (But Don’t Purchase Anything)
Spend a day looking at clothes—but don’t buy anything yet. While shopping can be a fun activity, it isn’t always productive when finding your style. The crowds, long lines for dressing rooms, and chaotic atmosphere can make you pick up things you don’t love.
Instead, we suggest spending a day looking at clothes without buying anything. Commit yourself to not swiping your credit card and focus on getting a better grasp of what you like. Make a list of what you feel best, and then go home, think about it, and strategize what pieces you want to add to your closet. This approach can help you make better decisions and invest in pieces that reflect your style.
2. Create a Pinterest Mood Board
A tool that I have found to be extremely helpful in finding my personal style is Pinterest boards. Initially, I hesitated to use the app for style inspiration, but once I started pinning looks I loved, it became a game-changer. Although the looks I initially pinned were all over the place, I was able to take a step back and analyze the similarities between them. Different images of outfits that spoke to me in one place allowed me to look at the bigger picture and understand what I liked.
Another great way to save outfits you like is by creating a saved folder on Instagram. Anytime you see an OOTD you like in your feed, add it to the folder. Then, when you’re stumped on what to wear, you can turn to one of the outfits you saved and try it out yourself to see how you feel about it. This way, you’ll always have a go-to outfit you know you love!
3. Step Outside Your Comfort Zone
Step outside of your comfort zone! When it comes to finding your personal style, it’s essential to remember that fashion and clothes are supposed to be enjoyable. You have the freedom to experiment and try new things. If you come across something you don’t particularly love, no worries; you’re only one step closer to discovering what you like. Starting small is the way to go. For instance, if you’re used to neutral colors, why not try incorporating a pair of black-and-white printed pants? Or, if you typically wear oversized and baggy lounge sets, try switching it up with a pair of tight biker shorts instead.
4. Evaluate The Clothes You Wear The Most
Evaluating the clothes you wear on a daily basis is a great way to improve your style. Once you have a clear idea of the aesthetic you want to strive for, it can be tempting to get rid of everything that doesn’t fit that style. However, it’s essential to take it slowly and steadily and invest in quality pieces that will stand the test of time. As your style evolves, it’s also important to reevaluate the pieces you currently have and decide whether they still fit your style or not. By doing so, you can gain valuable insights that will help you make better choices when it comes to your wardrobe.
5. Copy The Looks Of People Whose Style You Admire
When trying to find your style, looking to others for inspiration can be helpful. One way to do this is to look closely at people whose fashion sense you admire. By scrolling through their Instagram accounts, you can better understand the types of outfits they wear and how they put different pieces together. This can inspire you to try new things with your own wardrobe, and you might even find that you already own some pieces you love but haven’t been wearing in a way that fits your style.
6. Regularly Clean Out Your Closet
Clean out your closet regularly. It’s the easiest way to feel like you have nothing to wear. It can be overwhelming and frustrating when your closet is stuffed with pieces that don’t fit right, are out of season, or don’t appeal to you. If you come across a piece that you don’t like or that’s stained, there’s no point in putting it back in your closet. Instead of waiting to purge your closet a couple of times a year, cleaning it out regularly is best to avoid getting out of control. By doing this, you’ll always know what you have and need, and you’ll be able to create a wardrobe that you truly love and enjoy wearing.
7. Keep A Rack of Pieces That You Can Style
This is a great tip when it comes to finding your personal style. If you have the space, setting up a clothing rack can help you keep track of new or old pieces you want to wear soon. Doing so gives you a visual reminder of what you own, and you can plan how to style each piece by hanging the rest of the outfit around it. This way, you’ll be prepared to wear your favorite pieces when the opportunity arises.
8. Your Cart Should Always Have Items That You Can Style
Trust me, I understand the temptation to splurge on an incredible sale or a piece that really catches your eye. However, it’s important to consider the long-term benefits of curating a thoughtful wardrobe. Rather than giving in to impulse buying, take some time to evaluate the gaps in your closet and create a list of items you truly need or want. By doing this, you can be sure that each purchase is a deliberate choice that will enhance your overall style and fit seamlessly into your existing wardrobe. So, next time you’re tempted to make an impulsive purchase, consider choosing something from your carefully curated wishlist instead.