I’ve mentioned this before but I’ll mention it again: Personal style is so important to me. I love to play around with how much of myself I can express through my style choices, whether it’s by wearing my hair in an afro, rocking all black or pairing a girly dress with a pair of combat boots. Style is such a fun template of self expression and my love for it is pretty deep. Scratch that, really deep.
But I’m always asked about where I draw my inspiration from and how on earth I manage to have such a solid sense of self when it comes to my style choices. Well, it’s not rocket science, trust me! But I do have a few suggestions for those of you who really want to revamp your personal style without feeling too lost, overwhelmed or uncertain as to where to even begin! Check out these tips and get inspired!
Ignore 'Body Type' RulesWe all want to look as flattering as possible, but don't let rules dictate your style choices. You might hear that skinny jeans are a no-no for curvaceous bodies. Well, if you're curvy and like wearing skinny jeans, don't let anything stop you! The stylist who wrote up that article about what shirts to wear for your flat chested frame doesn't know you or your style, so wear what you want and decide for yourself what cuts and styles and shapes you like on your body.Source: Shutterstock
Get Inspired By Your Favorite Movies, Musicians, Bloggers, Friends, EtcWe draw inspiration from everything around us, and developing your personal style doesn't negate that fact. I get inspired from everybody from punk rockers like Poly Styrene (pictured) to Jackie O to fashion bloggers. My friends inspire me, too! There's nothing wrong with emulating the looks of people you admire, but let it morph into a look that is uniquely you! You don't want to be a carbon copy, afterall. You're your own unique little flower...or something cutesy like that.Source: The Telegraph
Stop Assuming That You Can't Pull Off Certain LooksI get this all the time! I know that I have a penchant for wearing pretty bright and sometimes garish clothes and accessories (as you can see in this photo of yours truly). I do it because I like them and they're fun. But people always tell me that they marvel at how I'm able to pull it off or say that I'm brave for my style choices. Look, it isn't about bravery. Nobody has a magic ability to pull off certain colors or not. Don't assume that just because something is out of your comfort zone that you automatically can't pull it off. Try and see how it works out.Source: My Instagram
Move Outside Of Your Comfort ZoneIf you're getting tired of your current look, you're the only one who can stop you from doing something about it. If you admire a style that is a little out of your typical style realm, what's the worst that can happen if you give it a try? Think outside of the box and move beyond your personal barriers. You might be surprised by how great you feel once you stop being so scared of trying something new!Source: Shutterstock
Change Up Your Makeup/HairYour personal style isn't just about clothes! If you've been considering dying your hair for a while, take the plunge! If you're getting tired of your makeup, check out some Youtube tutorials that you might want to try out. These seemingly little changes can really change your whole look, so why not give it a shot?Source: Shutterstock
Go Thrift ShoppingThrifting allows you to open your eyes up to so many different styles that you probably won't find at your typical chain retailer--and if you do find the same clothes, they're probably a lot cheaper at the thrift store! You wouldn't believe how much overalls cost now that they're trending. But I can find a pair for well over half the cost at my local thrift store. So if you're looking for unique pieces on a tight budget, look for some thrift shops in your area. Secondhand clothing chains like Goodwill and Buffalo Exchange are good places to start, too.Source: My Instagram
Don't Limit YourselfIf you want to try a billion new things at once, who is stopping you other than, well, you? Be open to really exploring what you want out of your personal style and don't be self conscious about doing too much too soon. It's all part of the journey!Source: Shutterstock
Revamp Old Clothes That You Don't Wear AnymoreWe've all been there: We stumble upon that old jacket that we wore to death but suddenly can't figure out what to wear it with. Well don't let it go to the wayside completely if it doesn't have to! Find a new way to rock it by either doing a bit of a DIY project with it or simply matching it with clothes you've never tried to wear it with before. It's so satisfying to breathe new life into old favorites!Source: Shutterstock
It's All Trial And ErrorI've tried so many different looks over the years, and as much as I'd like to say that I've looked awesome in all of them, it's just not the case. That one blouse I thought would look rad on me was a little less rad when I actually wore it. That satin dress that I assumed would make me look like a boss ended up being ill fitted and disappointing. Just like everything else, this isn't going to be a flaw free process. You learn what you like and don't like as you go along.Source: Shutterstock
Have Fun And Share Your Looks With Others Via Social MediaAt the end of the day, style is for fun, so don't take it too seriously. Try new things, take self-indulgent selfies, and share them on your social media networks. You might even want to start a blog chronicling your changing style so that you can inspire people from all other the world. YOU HAVE THE POWER, GIRL!Source: Shutterstock
Have you thought about revamping your look? What inspires your current look? Are you into bright, loud prints or more modest styles? Tell us in the comments!