Style Ideas

Your Guide to Finding Your Personal Style in Fashion

Mariam Youssef
3/27/23, 7:00 PM

Style describes a person's own means of self-expression, including wardrobe, writing, and architectural design. In the world of fashion, "style" is frequently used as a short for "personal style," or the way a person expresses themselves through aesthetic decisions like attire, accessories, hairstyle, and outfit construction. Fashion trends may or may not be followed by someone stylish, but they always adhere to their own aesthetic because style is timeless. Personal style is more than just following trends; it's about creating a sense of identity. That said, we’ll share with you some tips on how to find your own style in fashion.

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Go observe clothes; don’t buy them

While some people may like to dress up, sometimes, they dread going shopping, especially when they need to shop for something specific. Running from store to store searching for a random black pair of jeans or a white dress isn’t fun. If you belong to this category, we suggest you start taking time to go to the mall only to browse. By doing this, you will have plenty of time on your hands to try on anything that looks interesting. This will also give you time to try different things outside of your comfort zone. You may end up liking a dress that you would’ve never bought in a million years.

Draw inspiration from social media

Your style aspirations might be influenced a lot by the outfits you see online or in person. Hence, finding your personal style requires doing a lot of inspiration hunting. For fashion ideas, start an Instagram "saved" folder or a Pinterest board and pin looks you like. After some time, you'll begin to see patterns in the pictures you're pinning, such as recurring colors, clothing combinations, or silhouettes. These patterns will help you define your personal style.

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Run a closet audit

You'll have a better understanding of what you have and what you might still want to add to your wardrobe after conducting a wardrobe audit. Furthermore, by reflecting on your wardrobe, you'll be able to recognize patterns in the types of garments you wear the most frequently, as well as those that have been stashed away for a very long time. For example, if you find lots of items that have stripes, then you’d know that this is one of your most liked patterns. Moreover, if you find that the items that are stashed away are satin or linen, you’ll make sure you avoid buying this fabric.

Take your time to build your wardrobe staples

A capsule wardrobe consists of a selection of staples that you can combine to create simple outfits. The little black dress, the denim jacket, the uncomplicated t-shirts, and the leather tote are timeless pieces in neutral colors that go with everything. Some of these may already be in your wardrobe: Preserve the ones that make you feel good, and swap out the others for essential items that actually function for you. Despite their simplicity, these pieces will help you showcase your individual style by serving as a base for other, more intriguing pieces.

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Slowly get out of your comfort zone

A new fashion experiment might be overwhelming. It's crucial to always remind yourself that fashion and clothing are meant to be enjoyable! You have the freedom to experiment and try unusual things. Now consider this: We develop and change with time in terms of our physicality, minds, personalities, etc. So why can't you update your style as well? You can't learn unless you try. You can start small with this. For instance, if you usually wear neutral hues, consider introducing a pair of trousers with a black-and-white print. Alternatively, if you typically prefer loose and oversized sets, consider styling a pair of tight biker shorts.

Create a shopping wish list

You can add items you want to your wish list as well. Wish lists encourage you to put more thinking and consideration into your financial decisions as opposed to making hasty purchases. This is so that you know why each item is on your wish list. You think about it, put money aside for it, and keep an eye out for it. You've been anticipating it and have lots of style ideas by the time you buy it! Wish lists are useful for both investing in new products and thrifting.

Try thrift shopping

You can discover what fashion trends and clothing types you naturally prefer by thrifting. Thrift shops don't have mannequins, huge banners, or catalogs staring at you while you shop, demonstrating how to style the items. This is a great chance to unleash your creative inner stylist and create outfits that speak to your personality. Your particular style is therefore more likely to be reflected in the goods you are drawn to. Furthermore, because you are recycling used clothing, thrifting is a considerably less wasteful method of shopping.

Turn to your favorite fashionistas

When you want to reinvent your wardrobe, one of the best things you can do is turn to your favorite fashion bloggers. Take some time to sit and scroll through their Instagram profiles and try to think of similar outfits that you can sport with items you already own. Similar to the social media tip above, this also will help you analyze why you gravitate toward certain outfits. For example, you’ll realize that you love the practicality of someone’s outfits, the wow factor of another, and the neutral tones of others. After recognizing these patterns, you’ll know what you like and how you want to dress regularly.


There’s nothing wrong with borrowing clothes from your sister, best friend, or closest relatives. Borrowing clothes from friends and relatives is a terrific idea if you want to try out some new trends. Borrow a piece that you naturally wouldn’t buy or gravitate to. Then, if you do fall in love with the item and eventually purchase something similar, you can be sure you will wear it frequently. Trying out new things will help you a lot to identify your personal style.

The three-word method

How would you evaluate your style? Ask yourself how you like people to describe your fashion sense. What emotions do you want your look to evoke in you? Create a three-word summary of these questions that you can always refer back to. Acquiring these keywords makes it possible for you to make more informative purchases since you can examine a new item and determine whether it adheres to the personal style guidelines you have established for yourself.

Finding your personal style is not about sticking rigidly to a certain, clearly-defined aesthetic. Even though some people follow this rule, personal style is more about learning the types of clothing that make you feel most yourself. Learning to dress for who you are rather than what the fashion industry says you should be is the goal. And everyone sees this differently. Some people use a color scheme, various textures, or a specific silhouette to describe their own style. There is no set definition; some people describe it by the sentiment or notion they are trying to convey.

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Mariam Youssef

Growing up, I've always wanted to become so many things: a fashion designer, painter, singer, actress, and anything that revolves around art. It wasn't until I watched "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" t...

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