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Finding your Style

by Publicist
As Gore Vidal once said, style is knowing who you are, what you want to say and not giving a damn. Whereas keeping up with fashion is all about keeping your finger on the buzzer, following and copying idols and constantly changing your look, style is about a timeless, individual elegance which you won't find anywhere on anyone but yourself. Unfortunately, while true style appears simple and effortless, finding it is anything but!

Whether you're 17 or 70, the first step in finding your style has nothing to with picking out a stunning outfit - it's about finding yourself! You need to take a step back and work out not only who you are, but who you'd like to be. Why not take a few days off to relax and unwind? With a calm, confident persona you will be much more open to pinpointing exactly the parts of yourself and your style that you like, the parts you'd like to emphasise and the parts you want to change.

While style might be unique and individual, that's not to say you need to embark on this style-finding mission alone. The advice and tips you can glean from professional stylists or just those who know you well can be invaluable. If you can afford to employ the services of a personal shopper or professional stylist, even if just for a single session, their suggestions might give you the knowledge, understanding and confidence to construct and maintain your image for years to come. If big shopping malls seem too impersonal and intimidating, many personal stylists offer in-home consultations, giving you the opportunity to reinvent your look in the comfort and security of your own home.

Alternatively, if professional services are beyond your budget, the advice of a trusted friend or family member might well be just as valuable - and with the added advantage that they will know and understand your personality, lifestyle and budget much better than any personal shopper could do. Taking a close companion shopping with you can throw up the most surprising purchases; while some pieces might seem ridiculous when you get them home, others might prove to be exactly the thing you never knew you needed!

As with anything, when finding your style it`s a good idea to begin with the basics. Identifying your body shape might seem an obvious first stage but the consequential style 'do's' and 'don'ts' can often be overlooked. From this shape you can work out what styles will and won't suit you, right down to minute details such as the neckline of a t-shirt or the waistband of a pair of jeans. When purchasing basics such as jeans, trousers, basic tops and everyday shoes it is important to buy good quality clothing as this will create a more slim line, impressive silhouette with pieces that won't sag and fade so quickly. High quality, designer clothing can often be found for a fraction of its normal retail price on discount websites: Groupon Ireland is a great site for discount codes and offers. With your basic wardrobe sorted, you will gradually find it much easier to pick out cheaper pieces and accessories to compliment your new style.