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Last Updated on March 15, 2022 by Steal the Style
It’s 2022, and fashion is as inclusive as ever. With the Fab Five teaching self-acceptance and shows like “Shrill” celebrating bigger bodies on screen, one thing is clear. It has never been a better time to find your style.
Once you start your style search, the hard work begins. There are so many aesthetics that it can be hard to narrow down your personal style.
That is why we have assembled this guide to help you identify your fashion style. We will take you step-by-step through the process of identifying and honing your latent fashion sense. Read on if you’re ready to take the next big step into chic.
In This Post:
- Follow This Step-By-Step Guide to Find Your Style
- A Style of One’s Own
Follow This Step-By-Step Guide to Find Your Style
There is a reason we have laid out this guide as a series of steps. We wanted to break down the process into manageable chunks.
All you have to do is the task in the step you are currently on. Let your worries about the future fall away. Take it slow if you must, and enjoy the process.
1. Get to Know Your Body
No style can start without you knowing the body beneath it, and to do that, you have to take your measurements. Make sure you know your bust size, shoulder size, waist size, and hip size.
All bodies are different, but there are a few standard body shapes it can help you to know. Here is our rundown.
- Inverted Triangle: Your shoulders or bust are more than 5% wider than your hips.
- Rectangle: Your waist, shoulder, and bust are all within 5% of each other, and your hips are less than 25% smaller than your shoulder or bust.
- Triangle: Your hips are more than 5% wider than your shoulders or bust.
- Hourglass: Your shoulders and hips are within 5% of each other, and your waist is at least 25% smaller than your hips, bust, and shoulders.
Getting a good fit is one of the most important parts of sticking to your personal style, and knowing these measurements will allow you to get the fit you want on your outfits.
2. Reflect on Your Personality
Are you understated or bold? Do you like to experiment? Are you wearing clothes to get noticed?
Your answers to questions like these can guide your search for clothes that match your fashion values.
3. Describe Your Vibe
This is where we are going to ask you to put pen to paper and write down a few words that you want to describe your style.
It should not feel like homework! It is supposed to be fun, and if it doesn’t, make sure you are really tapping into what you want from your wardrobe. Remember, this is the start of your shopping spree.
4. Claim Your Colors
The colors you wear can say a lot about you, and they can play into or against the words you’ve used to describe your vibe.
Wear black for an authoritative yet mysterious look. Gray is practical and timeless. Orange is a social color especially well suited to parties.
Know your color psychology before you start shopping.
5. Choose a Style Icon for Inspiration
This is one of the most fun parts of the process. Choosing a style icon is a way of taking a trail that has been blazed for you.
Audrey Hepburn, Diane Keaton, Cary Grant, and Marlon Brando are classic style icons, but we encourage you to think beyond the basics. Malcolm X, for instance, had a distinct style, even if it wasn’t the primary focus of his public personality.
6. Match Your Style to Your Life
If you’re at the office 90% of the time you’re out in public, flowing gowns may not be the fashion style you need. Likewise, if you live in an area with a seemingly year-round winter, sundresses may have to go by the wayside.
Be honest about where and how you live, and tailor a style to your reality.
7. Assess Your Closet
Finding a style does not have to mean starting from scratch. Take a good, honest look at your closet. What do you see?
What are the pieces you love? Are there any repeats, i.e. types of items you have multiples of? Are there any outliers that just don’t seem to fit?
Answer these questions, and you’ll start to get a sense of the themes that are already in your closet. Then, you can play up those themes or change them.
8. The Big Purge
Less is more, and this applies to your closet. Once you know what you want your style to be, don’t be shy about donating what doesn’t fit. You may feel freer, and limiting yourself to fewer options may actually spark creativity.
9. Document Your Wins
Now that you are starting to wear what feels good and is in line with what you want your style to be, start taking pictures or journaling when you feel really good in an outfit. Making these notes will give you real-time evidence of what works for you.
Your wins do not just have to be about when you feel good. They can also be records of compliments you get. Those compliments usually mean something is working.
10. Decide on a Signature Piece
A signature piece is where you really make your mark and set yourself apart, even within your general style. Perhaps your piece is the pinnacle of your style—the perfect boat shoes if you’re preppy—or it directly contradicts it—a gaudy gold necklace if you’re boho chic. Either way, this is where your creativity can shine.
You can also show your signature with literal messages that communicate your lifestyle, like graphic tees with phrases like “sober AF.” Read more here to learn about this option for personalization.
No style is complete without matching accessories. A stylish handbag can mean the difference between a perfect outfit and a just-okay one.
Accessories are also the place to experiment because you can do it on the cheap.
A Style of One’s Own
There are few greater feelings than when you find your style. It makes you comfortable in your skin and improves your life in ways not even related to fashion. We hope this guide has given you the confidence and inspiration to start your style search.
If you want help finding a style icon, check out our guides to celebrity fashion. Happy shopping!