There are so many different styles out there that it can be difficult to find what suits you best to feel content and stand out from the crowd. Especially in fashion, the possibilities are infinite and can get overwhelming.
So where do you start? Finding your personal style doesn't have to be necessarily hard. Whether in art, music, clothing, painting, or singing, your preferred style depends on what you like and don't like.
Use your creativity and express yourself with restraint to find a style that is all about you, showing your personality through originality, confidence, and uniqueness.
To help you find your personal style and be the best version of yourself without compromise, here are 3 simple and easy steps you can follow.
1. Get inspiration from the best
If you are looking to build your own style, first get inspiration from the best stylists and artists. Search the internet and magazines, read books, watch movies and shows, visit exhibitions, and ask experts with a lot of experience.
If you are looking for inspiration, Instagram is a great place to go. There are very inspiring bloggers to follow on Instagram that will help you build the perfect style for you.
Amazing influencers regularly post on Instagram unique styles you can emulate to enhance your look and techniques or spark your creativity.
Bloggers on Instagram make it easy for you to design simple yet stylish creations. Read my selection of amazing capsule wardrobe bloggers to follow on Instagram to find your own fashion style.
You can also follow blogs as a source of inspiration. Very inspiring bloggers with various styles and philosophies behind what they do often display their art and habits on a blog.
Use their lifestyle decisions and daily curated creations as a source of inspiration. These amazing influencers can help you discover the best style for you. Read these fantastic minimalist fashion blogs I've found.
2. Experiment with different styles
There are so many different styles to choose from. At the beginning of finding your personal style, keep it simple with a small selection of shapes and colors. But don't be afraid to experiment and step out of your comfort zone.
Use various colors so you can improve your look and style instantly. Try out different things to find the combination that suits you best. Prefer neutral colors that you can mix and match easily, especially if you are new to this.
To develop a unique personal style, start with your favorites and essentials. Use the basics, and don't change what you usually do all at once.
Try to evolve your style progressively. Replace one thing at a time and explore new ideas slowly. Experiment and try something new one step at a time.
If you aren't sure about your personal style, take some time to try out different approaches until you find the perfect blend for you. Be creative and push yourself to do what you never thought you could do before.
To help you out, I've put up a definitive list of 44 different types of fashion styles to try out and find your favorite.
Try to put together a different outfit every day while staying true to your fashion sense. Keep in mind who you are as a person and what you feel comfortable with.
Don't jump on the latest trend every time you feel the urge to do so. Instead, focus on your style essentials, sustainable, durable, classic, and timeless pieces. Read the top 20 dressing styles for women as inspiration.
3. Eliminate what you don't like
After trying out many different styles, you'll have a better idea of what you like and don't like. Then, eliminate what doesn't feel right for you and repeat the process with what brings you closer to your goal of finding your personal style.
Especially in the beginning if you are unsure of what's best for you, try to follow a minimalist approach by keeping it simple. It's super beneficial to put simplicity first to speed up the process. Read my ultimate guide to the minimalist trend.
Minimalism is a movement that strips everything down, going back to the essentials to achieve simplicity. Oftentimes, less is more. Removing what is unneeded often improves your personal style.
You will have more time and more space for what matters the most to you. And you will learn to rediscover yourself in simplicity. Minimalism is all about the attitude and desire of living purposefully, with intention.
So get organized and start decluttering. Get rid of what you don't want or need to make room for only the best. Follow my suggestion of 20 types of clothes to get rid of right now to feel liberated and find your style.
If you eliminate what you don't like and don't need, you will identify the best style for you much easier. Finding a personal style is probably very difficult for most people.
You can save time and money and avoid stress by limiting how much stuff you have. Excess of anything is never good. The most important thing is to keep making efforts and taking small steps to reach your goals.
Start building up your confidence with the right attitude and choose to be yourself as you simply can't be someone else. This mindset shift alone will help you find your personal style tremendously.
Last but not least, make sure to have fun! Don't forget to enjoy the process. Make exploring to find your own style a hobby and appreciate every moment of the journey.
About the Author: Alex Assoune
Alex Assoune (MS) is a global health and environmental advocate. He founded Panaprium to inspire others with conscious living, ethical, and sustainable fashion. Alex has worked in many countries to address social and environmental issues. He speaks three languages and holds two Master of Science degrees in Engineering from SIGMA and IFPEN schools.