Find your own signature style
Embracing fashion trends is cool, but you also don’t want to look like everyone else. You need something that separates you from the crowd – and that’s personal style. Master your own style and be comfortable in your own skin.
A note on trends
Trends come and go, so be careful not to jump onto every one. Buy the things you know you will wear. The clothes that you wear should flatter your shape and make you feel comfortable and confident.
Your signature style can be bold and accessorised or understated and minimalistic. Just as much as you have a loud or quiet personality, you have a clothing personality too – and the two may be linked.
Own your style
Having a signature style does not imply wearing the same clothes over and over. One’s signature style may also refer to the colours, cuts, and even the fit that they gravitate toward. A good idea is to use your signature style to highlight your best features and draw attention away from your flaws.
What image are you trying to portray?
Once you’ve answered that, examine your wardrobe and see if you accomplish that through the clothes that you commonly wear. You may want to be creative and fashion-forward with your outfit or be natural and straightforward. Stand in front of the mirror and try on different clothes and see how they look and how they make you feel.
Who’s your style icon?
Is it Janelle Monae in a tailored suit or Minnie Dlamini in a bodycon dress? Looking at the style that they are commonly associated with will give you an idea of your own preferred style.
What’s the one thing you could wear everyday if you could?
This question will help you pin down the clothes and style you most identify with. It should identify items that you most feel comfortable and confident in. On this basis, anything you don’t wear in a year does not fit your signature style.
Accessories can make your outfit stronger. Look at which ones you pick up most – is it a statement necklace and midi rings or studs? You may prefer simple clothing and striking sunglasses, hats, handbags, jewellery or shoes.
Colour counts too
You may be into bold colours or black, whites and neutrals. While that does not mean you can’t mix the two, you may prefer one to the other. Here’s a tip: when picking colours, consider your skin tone and which colours look best on you.
Some common styles
- Classic, tailored and crisp – white shirt and black fitted pants.
- Casual and relaxed – jeans and tee with flats.
- Feminine – sheer shirt and lace skirt.
- Masculine – boyfriend jeans with a shirt and blazer.
Don't forget the hair
Your hair is in the mix as well. Some girls prefer braids while some would rather rock a weave. The length and even the colour of your hair is a factor too.
Signature style is evolving
Like your personality, your style can evolve over time. Look no further than Nicki Minaj whose bold, bright and outrageous outfits have become more feminine, classy and classic in recent weeks.
It's good to experiment with different looks until you find the one that suits your vibe. Don't be afraid to try new things and mix and match styles. True style is not something that involves spending a lot of money but is rather about being clever with what you have. Whether it's adding a scarf to every outfit, rocking a bold red pout or making sure there's a hint of something African in everything you wear, work on developing a fashion sense that celebrates what makes you unique!
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