All people have a style—even if they don’t realize it or fully express it yet. Whether you’re looking for ways to express yourself through fashion, design, or any other form of self-expression, finding your style can be an incredibly rewarding process.
It can help you discover and express who you are and make every day more exciting. However, some people are not sure how to start exploring their style. This guide will help you on your journey to uncovering who you are and what your unique style is.
Start with Self-Reflection
Before you even seek inspiration from others, start by reflecting on yourself. Who are you? What do you like? What makes you feel good? What things do you gravitate towards when browsing in stores or scrolling online? Make a list of what makes up your identity, such as interests, hobbies, values, and more.
When exploring different styles and trends, later on, ask yourself whether they fit in with these aspects of who you are. Doing this helps narrow down the search so that you can focus on the styles that truly bring out the best in you.
In addition, look over your existing wardrobe. What do you already have? Are there any items that fit into the categories of what you wrote down in the self-reflection process? These items may give clues as to which styles express who you are.
Explore Different Styles & Trends
Now that we’ve done some initial reflection, let’s move on to exploring different styles and trends! Check out fashion blogs and magazines for inspiration, and note any looks that jump out at you. Look at interior design blogs to see if home décor interests you (or both!).
Observe the colors, patterns, and textures used in each design or outfit, and note any common themes that emerge from what catches your eye. Pay attention to how certain elements make you feel. Happy? Calm? Energized? Keep track of everything that resonates with your identity and anything completely new to explore further.
When it comes to fashion, don’t limit yourself to the norms that society has set. Do you want to express yourself with stylish gold-plated braces? Why not? If that’s what makes you feel good, go for it! Remember, your style isn’t about following the latest trends but about wearing and using things that have meaning to you and make you feel like your best self.
Experiment & Refine Your Style
Once we have some ideas jotted down from our exploration phase, it’s time to start experimenting! Pick a few pieces that reflect the overall vibe of the style/looks collected earlier and incorporate them into an outfit or room design. See how they look together and how they make you feel when wearing them or living in them!
Be sure to add special touches here and there—accessories can really make an outfit shine, or artwork can bring life into a room. As time goes on, keep experimenting until, eventually a cohesive style begins to emerge—this is where refinement comes into play! Continue adding pieces here and there until the look feels complete but also remember not to overdo it; moderation is key!
Be Open to Change
Sometimes, no matter how hard you try to find and refine your style, it doesn’t always work out the way you want. It is all part of the process! Letting go of things that don’t quite fit and being open to new ideas is a great way to stay flexible and find something that does feel right.
Ask your friends or family for advice. Seek out the opinion of those closest to you who know and understand your personality; their feedback can be invaluable! They might even have some ideas that you haven’t considered yet and could provide you with valuable insight into what looks best on you or how to wear a certain item.
Remember to Have Fun
Above all, don’t forget to have fun! Exploring and expressing your style should be an enjoyable experience. Be creative and open-minded as you experiment with new looks, textures, and ideas. Don’t take yourself too seriously—after all, fashion should be fun!
It should be something that you enjoy doing and a reflection of who you are as a person. Have confidence in the choices that you make and trust that your unique style will shine through.
The Bottom Line
Finding your personal style takes time, but it is worth it in the end! Take things one step at a time by starting with self-reflection before exploring different styles & trends through various sources such as fashion magazines & blogs. After honing in on specific looks & pieces that resonate with your identity, start experimenting & refining until eventually, something cohesive emerges! With patience & dedication (and maybe a little bit of trial & error!), discovering your unique style can be an incredibly rewarding experience.