Posted by: Viviana M. Rueda Image | September 9, 2010

How to Identify Your Personal Style

Trends come and go but your personal style is forever. If you know what you like, what you need present to the world as your personal brand, and what looks good on you, then you are well on your way to understanding your personal style.

Whether you love classic and timeless or eccentric and trendy, find the style that YOU feel sexy and confident in!

If you are still working on it, do not despair! Think of fashion as a project or a business plan. Determine your goals, timeline and budget. Ask yourself hard questions like: Who am I? What image do I need to project? What do I like? How do I feel wear I wear X? What kind of clothing flatters me? This discovery process of “you” will start you on your way.

There are multiple catch words to describe your style: sporty, chic, casual, trendy, funky, classic, modern, urban, preppy, hipster, vamp, feminine…the list goes on. Suffice to say that your personal brand may not fit entirely into one of these adjectives but many of them according to need or occasion. Don’t ever feel like you have to be boxed into any one style that the magazines suggest. Remember to make it work for YOU, because in this case, it really is all about you.

How to Identify your Personal Style:

  • Remember that trends are just that – trends. Select classic, timeless pieces for your wardrobe basics.
  • Indulge in trends only according to your budget.
  • Accept who you are and be kind to yourself. Pick styles that flatter your body.
  • Define your style so that it allows you to project confidence.
  • Your style should meet your daily personal and professional needs.
  • Style comes from within – be authentic.
  • Experiment – But do so with expert advice. Expert advice doesn’t always have to come from a stylist, although this does help. You can also rely on friends or family whom you TRUST for honest and kind input.
  • Select style icons that you admire and mirror them – remember to consider your physical appearance. If you are 5’5 trying to mirror a runway model who is 6’1 you may not be doing your appearance justice.
  • Accept that in change there is discomfort. And learn that sitting in that discomfort is okay if it means positive change. Also acknowledge that there’s a real difference between that discomfort and truly feeling entirely uncomfortable in your clothes. Coming from a woman who’ll put up with a lot of pain for gorgeous high heels!
  • Always keep your style age and occasion appropriate.
  • Have any personal style revelations? Please share! We love to hear about women finding out what makes them truly shine.

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