Somebody recently asked me how would I define my style.
If someone had asked me this question four or five years ago, I would have shrugged my shoulders with a confused expression on my face. But today I do have a fairly good response for this!
That is because, over the years, I’ve invested my time and effort to figure out which clothes suit me, what I like to wear, how can I style different pieces in different ways and so on and so forth. So then comes the next question – how did you find your style? Now THAT is a very good question! If you are still discovering your style or if you are unsure about where to begin, here are few things that I’ve learnt over the years:
Don’t be shy to experiment!
If you’re even the tiniest bit attracted to an outfit, make sure to try it out. The only way to know what suits you best is to try everything out. I remember having all kinds of clothes as a kid – right from dresses to mini skirts to long skirts to kurtis to jeans shorts to palazzos to gowns! And that’s how you learn about who you are and what represents you the best. Mix colors and patterns together or simply go for black and white or try a color you never thought you would – try it all out!
The key is to carry everything with CONFIDENCE! If you’re not confident about yourself in an outfit, it will reflect in the way you present yourself (See me in a saree someday and you’ll know what I am talking about!).
It’s okay to fail!
Failures are a part of experiments and that’s A-Okay! Looking back at my old photographs, the one thought that always crosses my mind is “What am I wearing? What was I thinking?” But it’s all part of the process of finding your style. You cannot find your style overnight, it’s a process and it takes time, effort and patience but the result is worth all of it :)
Every time you think an outfit was a disaster, it is actually a step in the right direction. Always remember the reason why you chose that outfit and learn from your mistakes.
How many times have you liked an outfit post on Instagram and thought I wish I could wear that! Well the next time you see an outfit that you like, save the photo and try to re-create from your own wardrobe. If there is any actor, blogger or YouTuber whose style matches your view, understand how you can incorporate their style in your outfits. If a friend’s outfit inspires you, ask them where they bought it and how you can style it – I’m sure they will be more than happy to help you :)
The key is to not re-create the exact outfit as is, it is a way to guide you in building your wardrobe.
Ask your family/friends for feedback
Your family or friends may not always think your outfit is a piece of art but they will give their honest opinions that can be very helpful. If you are unsure about an outfit, ask them how they feel about it. Even if their style is different, there’s always something that you can learn from others.
So now I ask you – how would you define your style? Who inspires you?