I don’t know about you but one of my aims this year is to focus more on fashion and my style – and to create a personalized look that works for me.
I used to dress quite emo/rock chick when I was younger, then when I first started working at H&M, my style became a little more fashionable (which is a given when working in a clothes store!). Then when I moved to working in an office, comfort became key. Now that I’m back at H&M, I’m definitely leaning towards more on-trend stuff, but I still go from days where I want to over-accessorize, have my make-up on point and gravitate towards fitted and colourful clothing, to days where I just want to throw on jeans and an oversized jumper. Such is life.
It’s hard to find a total balance (although planning out outfits the night before helps!), but there are some small steps you can take to create an all round individual look that works for you – even on the days when you just want to dress lazy.
Buying in bulk helps a lot. If you want to go for a more simple look, places like H&M do a fab basics range where you can pick up t-shirts, vest tops, jumpers and more in a variety of colours for cheap. If you want something more classic, stock up on fitted t-shirts or blouses in a range of different colours and patterns – even if the style is exactly the same. Prefer something edgy? Oversized jumpers and tops always work well when you’re aiming for a look that’s a bit different – likewise, picking up some cheap basic tops but then distressing them, rolling up the sleeves or causing a few rips or tears in them can easily turn a basic outfit into something more defined and specific.
EXPERIMENT WITH MAKEUP
Regardless of what look you’re going for with your clothes, makeup (and hair) comes into account too. Minimal nude shades on the eyes and a simple pastel lip works well with any outfit, but if you want a specific look, why not perfect the perfect cat eye to wear on a day to day basis or be the one at work who always wears a bold and bright lipstick? How you do your makeup is also a great way to show off individual style.
PERSONALIZE YOUR CLOTHING
Customized clothing is making a comeback. You can pick up iron on patches almost anywhere these days – and online too – and these work well on tops, denim jackets and accessories like backpacks too. Screen printing t-shirts works as well – gone are the days when customized clothing meant dodgy phrases or childlike drawings – now you can practically create your own unique clothing line! Song lyrics always work great on t-shirts..!
THINK BEFORE YOU BUY
Of course, not everything has to fit in with a specific style – just because you like to dress in band t-shirts and ripped jeans doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to a beautiful and colourful dress. But it’s definitely worth thinking about tops before you buy them for example – though you may like the look of one, does it really have anything to go with in your wardrobe?
PHOTOGRAPH YOUR OUTFITS
Finally, it’s worth taking photos of what you wear on a day to day basis. Tons of apps and websites are great for this – I particularly love the app Today I’m Wearing – and this is a great way to look back and analyze what worked and what didn’t. This is also a great way to have a staple few setups that you know you can always come back to. If one outfit looks particularly great, hang it all together in your wardrobe for those mornings where you haven’t planned what to wear or can’t think.
Personalizing your style – whether that’s toning up a style in the making or creating a new style altogether -certainly takes time and costs money. The best way to do it is to buy classic pieces bit by bit (maybe just when they’re in the sale etc) whilst phasing out what you no longer wear – sell old stuff on eBay for example. Hopefully by 2019 you’ll have a set style or look that everyone knows you for!
Do you have a set style or do you just wear whatever you feel like? Let me know!
*Please note, this is a sponsored post but all views and opinions are entirely my own.