Finding your signature style
Posted on Wednesday, July 15, 2015
I've been working a lot to grow The College Girl Daily this summer. Part of that includes research about fashion and style. Tons of articles and posts say, as a fashion blogger, I should have a signature style, which gives me a certain amount of anxiety.
So I've slowly been developing my style by experimenting a lot with my recent fashion posts.
Style should be about expressing yourself, not defining yourself with the types of clothes you wear. In an average week I spend a fair amount of time in jeans in a t-shirt and, because of my internship, an equal amount of time in slacks and heels.
Here are some things I've been doing to slowly develop my personal style
1. Read, read, read – I've started following tons of bloggers on Instagram recently to see what everyone else is out there doing. I've also been doing lame google searches like summer 2015 fashion trends and junk. That whole white on white thing is really popular, but I just get too nervous around easily stainable clothes to try it out. The point is to get ideas for your wardrobe that are practical for your everyday life.
2. Shop your closet – Look at some of your favorite pieces in your wardrobe. Mine are a casual striped t-shirt, chambray button downs in dark and light denim, and a gold piano necklace. Think about why you like these items and when you shop look for similar things. For example, I like loose fitting t-shirts that are longer so I can do a half-tuck and shorter necklaces that balance my short height. Look at these garments as a whole and decide if it's the cut, fabric or style you like and look for that in other items.
3. Look at your body – There's tons of articles out there about dressing for your body type, and while a lot of those do have some solid advice, I've realized there are no rules when it comes to fit. The only way to tell if something looks good on you is to try it on, which is why I rarely online shop for clothes. I do, however, tell my clients at work to dress for the body they have. It's a waste of money to get what my friend calls 'dream jeans' with hopes of losing weight. If you're wanting to slim down, reward yourself after and buy new things then.
4. Consider your lifestyle– If you're in college, you daily shoe-wear isn't going to be heels, I don't care how high fashion you consider yourself. Your wardrobe should be practical for your everyday life, which is why I have to keep myself from buying really nice office dresses from work when the only place I have to wear them is class.
5. Write up a list– This doesn't have to be a one time trip kind of list, but make a list of items you want to include in your wardrobe to reference when you shop. I keep mine on my phone so it's always with me when I shopThe more specific the items the better. Your wardrobe list keeps you on track when you're shopping and takes a lot of pressure off of finding the perfect new top.
What type of pieces are essential to your wardrobe?
I'm Hannah-Beth, a senior at UT Arlington studying to be a graphic designer. But I also love writing, photography, marketing, and freakishly long and wordy books. Feel free to look around and follow me on my social media below