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Finding Your Fashion Style

15-Nov-2014 / Sharon Kornstein / Community

When we consider the word style several things might come to mind. We could think of people we know or celebrities who are stylish, we can consider the latest trends from Vogue or Bazaar, or we might think of an outfit of ours that makes us feel more (or less) in style.

The tricky thing about style is that the concept of finding your individual look is not as simple as trying on outfits or completing a questionnaire.

Style is also a verb meaning to design, or decorate. The tricky thing about style is that the concept of finding your individual look is not as simple as trying on outfits or completing a questionnaire. The right style on Rhianna will not be flattering to Sarah Jessica Parker, and the right style on Lady Gaga will not be good on anyone else! There are as many types of style as there are DNA.

So, how do you find the one that’s right for you?

In order to find your personal fashion style start by considering your favorite outfits and determine what design details they have in common. It might be the color, cut, length, fit, or a similarity in pattern.

It’s important that you consider entire outfits, and not just individual items. The outfits you choose might all be from the same store or designer, from a particular year or season, or from different sources. They might have come matched and are meant to be worn together, or possibly you matched them up on your own. The aspect they have in common is that they make you feel most like your true self and therefore more confident, vibrant and self-assured.

Once you have determined which aspects your go-to outfits have in common, it’s time for some analysis. Do they signify classicism or playfulness? Are they tailored or sporty? Covered-up or revealing? The more you can hone in on what these details signify, the sooner your fashion style will be revealed to you.

Next up is research, because you need to figure out which retailer, designer or showroom features these details and similar styles. It’s helpful to look at fashion magazines or the internet, to familiarize yourself with different retailers and designers.

For example, if items from Ann Taylor are your favorite go-to pieces you’ll know that you’re classic with a twist and a touch of preppy.  If Tory Burch is more your style you’ll gravitate to small patterns and whimsy, such as this horse patterned top. LK Bennett will feature luxury fabrics and rich embellishment in an elegant style, while if you shop at Anthropologie then you like creative styles and designs, like this colorful sweater skirt.

Lastly, consider what accessories you prefer to wear. Are they large, chunky and dramatic? Or delicate and petite? Do they contrast with your clothing, and draw attention to themselves? Or are they more reserved and blend into the background? Your favorite accessories can tell you a lot about your style because they are the icing on the cake, and often signify your personality more than the actual garments you wear.

Finding your true fashion style can be hard, but once you do you’ll notice that a lot of the things that once scared you now make you feel more confident. Dressing in your true fashion style is a bit like having the perfect blend of your inner and outer selves. According to art historian Alexander Nagel, “Style is the state in which one feels the least separation between one’s character and one’s body” Wouldn’t it be nice to feel at one with your body every time you got dressed?

For help in finding your fashion style, or with other related fashion questions, please contact Sharon Kornstein, Sharon is a certified image professional and owner of ImageDesign LLC. She reports that her style is elegant, with a bit of the dramatic thrown in.

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