Finding your style can be such a challenge (take it from the girl that didn’t have one for 25 years!) I wore baggy t-shirts and jeans every single day, no make up, and my hair wet and in a ponytail.
At 25, after losing 50 pounds (funny, how that little thing called self worth makes an appearance after realizing you’re worth it)…so here I was, new body, new confidence, and no idea where to start. Shopping in the correct section was a challenge, let alone deciding what I liked.
Below, are a few tips that I’ve picked up over the last decade (Lord, help me, I’m old!):
- Learn what works for you, and flaunt it! I have curves, so I know that I can’t wear boxy or baggy things – I look like a house. If you’re short, shop in the petites section (Ann Taylor Loft has a great selection, as does Banana Republic).
- Start small. If you’re investing in an entirely new wardrobe, I’d suggest investing in the basics (a great pair of dark denim jeans, a crisp white button down, etc.) These pieces can take you through multiple seasons (if you’re lucky like me, and live in a part of the country that gives you four of them!)
- Build a budget. When I was just starting out of college, I was b-r-o-k-e. Every pay day, I would put money aside and buy myself one new article of clothing so that I could start building up my wardrobe. I don’t need to do it every week now, but I still put money aside, for a rainy day, or that random shopping trip with my bestie.
- Pinterest. If you haven’t heard of Pinterest, you’ve been missing out. Pinterest is an online community that allows you to create boards by subject (ie. My Style) and pin images from the web to those boards. You can automatically share your pins, create secret boards, and send pins to friends. I pin EVERYTHING. (If we aren’t connected, add me!) Pinterest is great for collecting ideas of what you like, but ALSO (I’m about to share a little secret with you) – you can use it to brainstorm different outfits. I use this ALL.THE.TIME. Anytime I’m in a style rut, I’ll search for things like “mustard skirt” because I already own a mustard yellow pencil skirt for work. It’s AWESOME. This is a great intro into my next point…
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. My friends tease me about this, but I hold true – I will only buy something I can wear three ways, and it has to be something already in my closet. So, for example, the mustard yellow skirt I can wear with leopard ballet flats and a white shirt; a gray shirt and nude flats; or a navy sweater and nude heels.
- The Devil is in the Details. I am a fiend for accessories. A killer statement necklace, chunky bracelet, or heaven forbid it’s fall out – you will catch me daily in a blanket scarf. Accessories make or break an outfit. I have taken a plain white t-shirt and jeans and dressed it up with a statement necklace and heels for a cute brunch outfit with friends. Casual doesn’t have to mean sloppy!
- Test Drive the Trends. I’ll admit, I’m not one for trends. I much prefer a classic look that will last the test of time. However, I’ve been known to jump on the band wagon (studded clutches anyone?). Nervous about taking the plunge? I tend to buy one or two things with said trend, so that I don’t have to overhaul my entire wardrobe when the trend inevitably goes out of style (sorry, neon leggings!).
I hope you find these tips helpful! What are your favorite style tips?