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
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
High quality, designer clothing can often be found for a fraction
of its normal retail price on discount websites: Groupon
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.