A 5 Step Approach On How To Find Your Personal Style


Finding and refining your personal style can be quite the predicament; that's no secret. But I'll be the first to admit that actually... I've been experiencing an ongoing series of wardrobe blunders this year - from landing my dream job to attending family events, it's a lot harder than it looks to adapt, whilst maintaining a sense of your own personal style and that's probably why I'm sat here on a Sunday night wondering with all my might - why on earth I thought it was sensible to buy this pair of shoes, or this handbag... ugh.

That being said though, it's imperative that you should try to discover what works best for you. Whether it be a style overhaul or cultivating your ultimate collection of ripped denim jeans - sustainability is key, so don't be afraid to hold off until you've had an 'EEEEEEEK THIS IS SO, TOTALLY ME' moment. You might just thank your capsule wardrobe for it.

Here is; A 5 Step Approach On How To Find Your Personal Style.

#1 - DEFINE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE 

Let's cut to the chase; you're unhappy with your current personal style or much like me, don't really have one nor understand how to define one - it's okay. Get your little tootsies over onto Pinterest, set up an account, start a board and start pinning until your hearts content. This is my board - here you will find a varied collection of styles that I like or can envision myself wearing. Coming up with your signature style, is the easiest part - for example; I tend to pin neutral tones, slogan tee's and statement accessories because these are styles that suit me in real life. Why don't you give it a try?

#2 - DETOX YOUR WARDROBE

Now that you have defined your personal style, you need to detox your wardrobe (call it a purge if you must, but sometimes you just need to be ruthless with what you own, am I right?). Pull everything out of or off your clothing rail and assess what you have with a fine tooth comb. You need to come up with some sort of strategy; for instance... I find that separating things into piles helps me decide what I'm keeping, donating or throwing away. Although... most items of clothing are repairable these days, so don't be afraid to call your granny for the lend of her needles and a bit of thread.

#3 - ANALYZE YOUR WARDROBE

By now you should have decided what pieces of clothing you're keeping, so try doing some research and start analyzing what it is you need to add to your wardrobe, so that you can match it to your personal style. Refer back to your Pinterest board for this if you need to and do your best to curate a list of necessities that will help you fill the gap and complete your new wardrobe. Be weary that you might add something similar to what you have just donated. I find a good basis to start is by grabbing something plain; like a t-shirt with a pair of jeans, these are simple and will allow you to experiment with accessories such as belts or ankle boots.

#4 - START SHOPPING SMARTER 

Before you run off into Victoria Square or the likes, set a budget and make a list of the EXACT items you are going to need for your new wardrobe. Remind yourself that quality over quantity is important and that you need to think about fabrics, shapes and sizes. But please... for the love of god, only buy something if you really, truly adore it and need it.

#5 - MAINTAIN AND EXPAND 

Like I mentioned earlier, sustainability is key - try mixing and matching the old with the new and get excited about the concept of expanding your personal style. Organize your clothing rail in a way that is easy to search, saves you time and is appealing for you to look at. I arrange my wardrobe by item; t-shirts, dresses, hoodies, jackets and coats (in that order).

Do you have a signature style? Tell me more!  
Northern Ireland, UK

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  1. Thanks so much for the great tips

    Candice x

    natalyaamour.com

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  2. I find it hard just to throw clothes away ��

    Lola Mia x

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    1. Recently I've found a love for recycling clothes, so if it doesn't fit someone in my family - I'll try my best to reuse the material or redesign the piece myself (whether it be by cropping or cutting holes) x

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  3. These are fab tips! I definitely need to detox my wardrobe! I've gone from teenage emo to a vintage phase, to somewhere in between, then super casual and now some kind of hybrid of street style and quirky tees - who knows, but I am sorely in need of a wardrobe declutter!
    I also never thought of the Pinterest board idea, which is a fab one! I'll have to take a look!


    Rhianna x
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    1. Thank you so much Rhianna! This is exactly where I'm at with my wardrobe and I am by no means a fashionista... so I guess this is me crying out for change in a way haha. Pinterest is amazing when it comes to style inspo, I shock myself when I look back at it actually x

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  4. Great read! this inspired me to cull my wardrobe and define my style!

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad I was able to inspire you to define your style x

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  5. I really need to detox my wardrobe, I tend to wear the same things a lot which leaves me wondering why I have so many clothes! But I also need to work on my personal style, I have a Pinterest board too with all the clothes I’d like, so I need to get rid of the things I never wear and replace them with things I really like and that are ‘me.’ Great tips!

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    1. Sometimes it's just nice to rejig things, but I'm definitely guilty of re-wearing the death out of my clothes haha! Use your pinterest board to your advantage, who knows... your capsule wardrobe might be around the corner. Thank you x

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  6. Great tips! I’m literally a person that will wear what I want rather than just one style haha x

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    1. Thank you so much. You know... sometimes this is just the best way to be. Wear what makes you feel like a sass pot I say! x

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  7. So true to have things that just "feel" like me. I wish I was braver about trying new things, though. This inspires me.

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    1. It's a strange concept that something might suit me, but might not suit someone else. Style is such an individual thing though and if you're a bit weary about clothes, I would 100% recommend testing out the Topshop Personal Shopping experience. I never in a million years would have chosen yellow in my wardrobe, but now it's my favourite colour x

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  8. I found this really helpful! I having a massive wardrobe clearout at the moment and it’s been stressful! Love the idea of organising into piles!

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    1. I'm so glad you found it helpful Amy! I'm having a bit of a wardrobe purge at the moment to, but I'm spotting more gems than I anticipated haha x

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  9. I definitely know what it’s like to buy a piece of clothing thinking I’ll wear it and then I rarely do! Ugh!!!

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    1. GUILTY! - I'm terrible for this, or I'll wear something so much I'm sick of it within a few weeks haha x

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  10. Great tips! I wouldn't say I have a particular 'style' I just wear what I like. Sometimes it's completely different looks! No harm in that though is there? :) x

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    1. Thank you Kayleigh Rose! Sometimes wearing what you want is the best approach, heck you might have a style and not even realize it but I agree, people should be able to wear whatever it is that makes them feel good (even if that is sandals and socks haha) x

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  11. I like this! I have work clothes and then my everything else clothes and I am trying to merge the two to reflect my style but still be able to wear to work.

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    1. Thank you Monica. It's hard to know what to wear to work sometimes, especially if you have to maintain a certain look - i.e. formal, or casual. I hope you manage to work something out, maybe shake things up a bit and try something you've never done before x

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  12. These are great tips! I'm at a point where I'm looking to revamp!

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    1. Thank you so much! We all need a little revamp from time to time, don't we? x

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  13. Ever since I was pregnant and had my son, I feel like my style is all over the place! This is definitely a helpful post to help me get re-centered and really think about it (instead of just focusing on getting clothes on me so I can get out of the house... especially when those clothes are leggings and my husband's t-shirts!) Lovely post!

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    1. Being a fashionista and mummy isn't an easy job for anyone, so don't be so hard on yourself! I'm glad you've found my post helpful though, if you ever need support just send me a message - p.s. there's nothing wrong with rocking leisurewear and your hubby's t-shirts, I do exactly the same haha x

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  14. Really liked the tip about using Pinterest to track your style, it's an awesome way to take advantage of your boards personally.

    Natonya | https://JustNatonya.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you so much Natonya! I love making use of my pinterest boards, if not by interiors but style - I'd highly recommend it, especially if you're lacking inspiration x

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  15. Wow!I love your posts! Pinterest is definitely my go-to! I love it!

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    1. Thank you so much Lauren. Pinterest is a hub for everything I love haha! x

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