Whether you love to wear a timeless trench coat and jeans, something more akin to athleisure, or outfits that are more on the bohemian side, there is nothing more fulfilling than having a closet filled with pieces that represent you. Of course, this is an ongoing process for most women, so read on to learn how to curate your personal style.
1. Stop following trends.
When it comes to curating your personal style, the most important thing you need to do is to stop following trends. Not only are fashion trends temporary, but if everyone follows them, you end up dressing the same as everyone else. In other words, it becomes hard to find your personal style because you are taking your fashion cues from other people.
After all, one of the most wonderful aspects of fashion is that it gives everyone the opportunity to let their personality shine through. It allows you to be creative on a daily basis and becomes a tool through which you can present yourself to the world.
Not all fashion trends work for everybody's style, lifestyle, and body, so it is much more important to purchase items that align with these things instead of rushing out to buy this week's popular item.
2. Still, look for inspiration.
Having style icons and creating inspiration boards is not the same as following trends. In fact, finding inspiration from people and the world around you is a fantastic way to hone in on your personal style and on what pieces, colours, and aesthetics you are drawn to. Using an online platform (such as Pinterest) to collect and curate inspiration is one of the best ways to see over time what you love.
Whether you opt to take your inspiration from fashion magazines, celebrities, social media influencers, fashion brands, or something else entirely, taking inspiration and learning about different style types is a great way to expand your creativity. It also will introduce you to other ways of styling pieces you already own.
3. Focus on high-quality materials and well-fitted pieces.
No matter what type of style you have, you always want to focus on curating a closet filled with pieces made from high-quality materials, as these are the items that will stand the test of time.
For this reason, you want to gravitate towards clothing items made from natural fibres such as wool, cotton, cashmere, leather and silk. Similarly, you want to refrain from purchasing clothing made from synthetic fibres as these are low-quality pieces that will not last very long. In addition, handcrafted garments and pieces with significant artistry are also good indicators of high-quality pieces.
When it comes to fit, there is nothing better than having clothes designed to match your unique body measurements. Therefore, opting for made to measure dresses and other pieces of clothing is the best way to ensure that the garments you have hanging in your closet fit you perfectly. What’s more, when choosing made to measure pieces, you can be assured that they are also made from high-quality materials with exceptional tailoring.
4. Keep track of pieces you wear frequently.
The best way to get to know your personal style deeply is by tracking which pieces and outfits you feel the best wearing (as well as the ones you don't enjoy quite as much). From there, you will better understand what styles, colours, and fits you should continue to bring into your closet and which you can refrain from.
While you may simply want to notice when you feel your best (and what you are wearing when that happens), you can also choose to create a spreadsheet to track how often you wear pieces and what you wear with them. By keeping a spreadsheet like this, you can quickly go back and look at how frequently you reached for pieces. And, there may be some surprises! After all, most of us don't wear clothes as often as we think we do.
Tracking what is in your closet and what you choose to wear can also lead you to make better purchases in the future. This system provides you with a greater understanding of the gaps in your wardrobe and the items that you get the most value from.
5. Splurge on timeless accessories.
Accessories are vital to curating a wardrobe that is uniquely yours. When you get dressed, it is the accessories that pull your look together. For this reason, you can't go wrong when it comes to splurging on timeless accessories that you know you will wear again and again. High-quality bags, shoes, and jewellery are worth the investment because you can wear them for many years to come. Often, these are the pieces that signal your personal style.
In order to get the most value out of these pieces, it is recommended that you start by building a collection of neutrals (black, white, navy blue and brown) that can be paired with the majority of pieces you have in your closet. From there, you can start to play around with different styles to ensure that you always have bags, shoes, and jewellery to wear.
For bags, consider building a collection that includes a crossbody purse, a clutch, a tote bag, a structured work purse, an evening bag, and a cardholder wallet. For shoes, you will want to have sneakers, boots, classic loafers, sandals, heels (for both office wear and evening wear), and block-heel pumps.
Finally, when it comes to jewellery, there is almost nothing more personal. From earrings to necklaces, bracelets to rings, hair accessories to hats, gloves and scarves, you decide which pieces are right for you. The most important thing is that you feel an immense sense of joy every time you wear a piece.
Are you currently working on curating your personal style? If so, what are you finding most challenging about the process? What do you find to be the most exciting? Which items are on your wishlist? Let us know in the comments below!