Once we leave the confines of our childhood home or college, we’re free to truly embrace our own unique style. But sometimes we don’t know what our style is. Maybe our parents made us dress a certain way, or our school didn’t lend well to personal freedom.
The meaning of personal style centers on your individual tastes, your attitude, and how you want to present yourself to the world. The good news is, if you don’t know what your style is right now, it’s deep, down within you—you just haven’t unlocked it yet.
Here are some helpful steps on how to develop your own modern personal style.
Figure out which colors, themes, and designs you like.
Begin by writing down which colors work best with your skin tone and hair AND which colors in your surroundings make you most happy. Do friends say olive green looks great on you? Does blue make you think of a peaceful ocean? Does light pink make you think of your hotel room on that wonderful visit to Paris?
Next—visit Pinterest or go through your favorite lifestyle magazines to see which outfits, décor, designs and furnishings appeal to you most. Make a Pinterest mood board or collect a pile of magazine clippings (you know, the old-school way). Now that you have your color list and mood board, you’re off to a great start. Use this step to inform your next steps.
Scavenge thrifts stores, antique shops, or consignment shops.
If you have the means to buy high-end clothing and furnishings, that’s wonderful, but not all of us can do that. While there are certainly brand-new products that are stylish and interesting, used goods can be just as interesting if not more so.
Visit some of your favorite nearby thrift, antique, or consignment shops. Even if the clothing, décor, or furnishings you buy don’t match or are not from the same decade, that’s ok. Style is about creating your own unique vision and doesn’t have to follow any one way. Shopping second-hand is not only friendly on the wallet—it prevents waste and helps the environment.
Invest in a handmade product.
Nothing beats the quality and beauty of a unique handmade product from a skilled craftsperson. While artisanal goods can sometimes be more costly, you have to remember that an individual put a lot of time, energy, and skill into make this one-of-a-kind product.
When you invest in a handmade product, you will most likely have that product for the rest of your life, and maybe even become a family heirloom. Handmade wardrobes and furnishings will make your style wholly unique AND you’ll be supporting small businesses in the process.
Hand Embroidered Gypsy Patch by Michelle Hawran