Develop Your Sense of Style from Scratch

Think about the last time you dressed up and felt good. Imagine this now: what if this was your daily experience? You don’t have to wait for a special day to express your style! Here are a few tips to help you develop your daily style sense from scratch.

Keep It Simple
Let’s start with something attractive to keep it simple. Maybe you like shoes and want to make clothes around them. Maybe earrings are your staple. Start simple and expand from there. The idea of keeping it simple doesn’t have to mean dress plainly, or don’t do anything that may garner attention. I think, primarily, it means to not over think things.

Look to Your Own Closet
Think about the clothes you have that make you happy. What are your favorite items in your closet? Pull these pieces out and think about why they make you feel good. Notice what they have in common and try to follow the trends.

Create a Capsule Wardrobe
A capsule wardrobe is a collection of basics that you can mix and match to create effortless looks. These are classic pieces in neutral colors that go with everything: 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.

Now Experiment With Unique Style Choices
Once you’ve created your capsule collection, add unique items to your wardrobe to show off your style’s personality. Keep in mind that this may require some experimentation, so it’s okay if you change your mind. Personal style is to play with fashion and find out what clothes make you feel the best. Start with eye-catching accessories and pop colors and combine prints and textures.

Trust The Whole Process
Above all, remember that your personal style is a journey, not a destination. Your appearance should evolve over time, reflecting your growth and experience in the process.
Don’t try to land on the definitive ready-made version of your style. The process is the point, and each iteration of the style at any given time is a real reflection of who you are. You will change and learn throughout your life, so relax, embrace change and make your fashion choices reflect your growth.

Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.

Lauren Hutton
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