“Style is a way of speaking without words.”
…but what do you want to say?
What I’m wearing:
military jacket – TK Maxx
sleeveless knit turtleneck – Jaeger via charity shop
‘painting’ skirt – Romwe
over-knee boots – Stradivarius (buy here)
necklace – House of Fraser
I’m not sure how I’d describe my ‘signature style’, aside from the fact that for me getting dressed has always been theatre; a form of expression that simultaneously reflects and influences my mood. I don’t think I stick to particular colours (except for as much gold as possible) or shapes, but there’s definitely a certain vibe I’m drawn to again and again.
This outfit here is a pretty good example of that. The military jacket is a remnant from my emo days of 2006 (The Black Parade forever, yo. Also it later it became my Les Mis jacket), I just couldn’t bear to get rid of it thanks to its exquisite detailing. Statement pieces with quirky details like these are something I can never resist. Then there’s the printed skirt, which is a literal depiction of art if there ever was one. I adore prints, but you’ll rarely see me in finely detailed florals as it’s just not ‘me’. Bold, spot-you-from-afar type affairs however? Count me in.
Having a signature style is a fine line to tread; on one hand you don’t want to get caught in a style rut, but on the other hand, having go-to styles in mind can make sartorial decisions a whole lot easier. Here’s a few of my thoughts on the science of personal style.
► Know that it’s an ongoing process. You’d be hard pressed to find someone who’s opted for the same styles their entire life. My own style has gone through countless iterations (some good, some I’d rather forget), but I’ve learnt from each phase. It’s only recently for example that I’ve begun to appreciate the beauty in simple pieces; often a well-tailored ‘plain’ piece can make more of an impact than gazillions of sequins.
► Photos are your friend. As crazy as it sounds, I honestly think having a blog has helped shape my personal style. Looking in the mirror is one thing, but seeing photos of myself in an outfit is always a real eye-opener in figuring out what suits me and what doesn’t! If you’re unsure about an outfit, get someone to take a photo of you in it.
► Feel good factor. With my last point in mind, it’s so so important that clothes make you feel good – both physically and emotionally. It’s so important that the energy of the clothes speaks to you, and you’re not just buying something or keeping it in your wardrobe because it’s on trend or for whatever reason you feel you should. I like wearing colour because it brings me joy, but I know many people just don’t feel comfortable wearing it, and that’s totally ok!
► Edit, edit, edit. If you really want to uncover your signature style, go through your wardrobe and chuck anything you haven’t worn in the last 6 months. What’s left is the backbone of your wardrobe; those pieces that you get excited to wear and that make you feel invincible when you’re wearing them. What do they have in common? That’s what you need to build more of into your wardrobe.
► Experiment. Don’t let your signature bring you to a standstill. The only way you’ll ever develop and evolve it is by stepping out of your comfort zone every now again. Coming back to the colour example, if you generally shy away from wearing it, maybe see if there’s a subtle way you can work it in through accessorizing or a bold lipstick for example. Love pencil skirts? Play with the hemline or see if you can find it in a new fabric.
As always I’m curious to hear from you guys! How would you describe your signature style in 3 words?