Our clothes communicate our personalities and is the visual narrative of who we are. We may not be conscious of the choices we make when it comes to clothes or even how they express our personal style, but I guarantee it is there, you just have to go and find it.
You won’t invite just anyone into the privacy of your home. Why therefore do you allow garments into your wardrobe that you don’t love or get excited at the thought of putting them on. As a minimum they have to earn their keep by complementing the other garments in the exclusive club that makes up your wardrobe. Yet most women’s wardrobes are bulging with the wrong clothes.
It takes time to discover or update what our style might look like, especially if we have never consciously been aware of it. However, discovering your personal style has many benefits. It boosts your confidence, gives joy when you open your wardrobe, it makes financial sense and above all it is kind to the planet.
You will not waste money and natural resources by making the wrong purchasing decisions and have garments that languish in your wardrobe for years. Putting the effort into crafting a wardrobe that expresses your unique personal style is worth it in the long run. As with anything in life, we get out what we put in.
Irrespective of your personal style, always invest in quality that will serve you loyally over time. Always buy the best you can afford. Not only do we need to love the clothes we wear, but they should also be durable, comfortable and earn their keep.
Remember fashion is not style. By all means, add some fashion items from the latest trends, if and only if it complements your style, but avoid becoming a slave to fashion. Make your own rules as to what you will and won’t wear. Being fashionable does not equal being well dressed.
We only achieve the latter when it expresses our own personal style. It takes practice, experimentation and tuning into what feels right to you, not obeying the rules of others or society. Above all, it is also creative and fun!
Begin the journey by removing garments that do not blend and complement each other nor give you pleasure when wearing them. It is not about being minimalist and owning as little as you possibly can get away with, but instead it is about being selective with what is suitable to you, your life and contributing to the rest of your wardrobe.
In time your style will emerge and take shape, but don’t give up if it doesn’t appear fully formed right away. It is all part of the journey of self-discovery. You may very well change your mind a number of times along the way and that is the only way to discover your own unique style.
Remember, it is not just about what you wear, but how you wear it. So, wear it with confidence!