Finding your signature style is important because it helps you shop wisely—you're less likely to purchase an item that you won't wear. Plus, you can get dressed up faster in the morning because you already know your foolproof style formula. To help you figure out your personal style, follow the simple guidelines below:
1. Check your closet for common items
Do you find yourself always buying similar looking items every time? See if you've got tons of turtleneck tops or if your closet is filled with shift dresses. How about the common shoe styles you see in your footwear collection? Looking into items that you buy frequently reflects the favorite pieces and looks you want.
2. Break down down your relatable style icons
Sure, we've got several style crushes in our heads, but we are aware that some of their looks are too much for you to wear in real life. Instead of copying any outfit you see on your fave style star, evaluate if there is any particular celeb, blogger, or TV character that you can relate to her style the most. Do you see yourself wearing their outfits while you commute, go to work, or when you're out with your friends? Do you think your those outfits will flatter your body type?
3. Narrow down your favorite colors and prints
Are you an all-black girl or are you experimental with colors? Do you love wearing stripes or florals? Just the same as you've got similar looking pieces, observing which color and prints dominate your closet will help you determine your signature look.
4. Remember the outfits you got complimented on the most or the times when you really felt good about your look
Do you always get compliments when you slip on ruffled blouses or structured dresses? These looks reveal the outfits that really work for your body type, lifestyle, and personality. If possible, take a picture of yourself wearing these items, so you'll have a visual reference of your best looks. Sticking to these type of outfits will guarantee that you'll always ace your style every time.
5. Trust your instincts
You're not required to follow every fashion trend that you encounter. If you feel that there would be a disconnect of adding an embroidered bomber jacket (that everyone seems to sport one, as of writing), then don't. Going back to item number four, it's valuable that you get a confidence boost from what you're wearing. Plus, only yourself truly knows what is best for you, not what fashion magazines, websites (yes, including us!), and TV shows dictate.