Do you ever feel like you’re following the crowd in the way you dress? Are you a slave to the latest trend, or wish you could inject some life into your wardrobe.
If you ever look at Hollywood style icons and Instagram influencers with envy, worrying about how they achieve such an effortless sense of their own style, don’t worry. Anyone can carve out their own unique style and stand out from the crowd.
Here are 5 easy ways to do just that.
1. Think About Your Message
In order to project your own unique sense of style, you first need to think about what message you want to send through what you wear. This message can be specific to an outfit – for example wearing something that spells professionalism to a job interview – but your look, in general, should also have an overall message.
Your message might be confidence, it might be creativity, or simplicity, or something else. However, in order to establish your own sense of style it needs to be deeply personal and truly relate back to what you want to say.
It is important, therefore, that your message and your style in all about you. Don’t try to copy someone else’s look – by definition, this will not be unique. Rather, find your own look in what represents who you really are.
2. Focus on Accessories
Personal style isn’t all about clothes. In fact, accessories are key to being able to stand out and make your mark. Think about accessories that will compliment your outfit and that speak to who you are. If you love vintage style, look for antique jewelry or bags. If you have short hair, consider dramatic, attention-grabbing earrings.
This is equally true for everyday accessories as it is for special occasion items: you can design your own engagement ring, for example, for a truly unique piece that you will wear every day. Statement items are a great way to define your personal style, and this is particularly true of accessories. You can show your style through a truly spectacular piece of jewelry, pair of shoes, or a bag that will capture everyone’s attention.
3. Have the Right Attitude
Your style is not just down to the clothes and accessories you wear. Style has a lot to do with how you carry yourself, and how you behave towards others. If you walk, talk, and interact with others in a certain way, this can project confidence, poise, integrity, and more.
Your spectacular outfit may be lost entirely if it is not worn with confidence. Equally, if you behave rudely or obnoxiously, your impeccable style will be overshadowed by your poor behavior. It is important to project your unique personal style from the inside out – show the world who you are from your core to the tip of your toes!
4. Keep up with Latest Trends
Although having your own, strong personal style is the opposite of being a fashion victim, it is also important to keep up with the latest trends in fashion. Knowing what is happening in fashion means you can take from them what you like, to whatever extent fits with you.
One of the great keys to unique style is taking in elements of the latest trends and making it work for you in a way that fits with your own style. This means acknowledging the fashion of the day, but making it your own, rather than wearing it the same way as everyone else.
5. Be Fearless
The most important thing you need to do in order to establish your own unique sense of style is to let go of fear. If you’re constantly worrying about what others think of you, you will never be able to really stand out from the crowd. To carve out your own space and make your own statement you will need to do something different and unexpected.
If you are going to try something different, there will be those who don’t like it. This is par for the course, and is just something you need to accept. Also, remember that for every person who hates what you’re wearing, they’ll be someone who absolutely loves it.
However, ultimately this is beside the point. Your personal style is just that: it is personal to you, and should be all about you, not other people. The crucial step is to let go of others’ opinions and expectations and embrace what you love, what makes you you, and proudly show it to the world!