There are no rules when it comes to fashion. When it comes to fashion, the sky’s the limit. There’s no how-to road map to style. Seeing the latest must-haves, trends and accessories in a fashion magazine can make you want to go out and spend all of your money. But what matters is not where you shop but how you put your outfit together. Check out the blog post 7 Ways To Look Great on A budget. In this post, I go over the essentials you need to start developing your own signature, elegant style without breaking the bank.
Defining Your Fashion Style
Many people assume that they can’t budget for fashion. The good news is that you don’t have to empty your bank account to look put together and fierce. The process of defining your personal style will free you from the desire to waste money on trends that will fade in a few months and allow you to carefully select pieces for your closet that will leave you feeling empowered for years.
1. Figure out what you like first
Although this may seem obvious, it is the first and most important step in developing your own unique style. What do you typically wear? Which colors make you feel the most attractive? What silhouettes do you like? Once you know what you like and don’t like, you can start to narrow down your choices and decide what style you want to create. If you’re stuck for ideas, go through your closet and select the items you reach for most often. You should build your new look around these key pieces, which will help you feel both comfortable and fashionable. Once you have that, you can start experimenting with different pieces and styles to find something that feels like you.
2. Get some ideas
It’s time to start looking for inspiration once you’ve decided on the kind of style you want to create. There are a lot places to find fashion ideas, like magazines, websites, your favorite celebrities and even fashion bloggers like me. Take your time looking at different outfits and saving the ones you like. As you browse images, take note of what you’re drawn to and what catches your eye. Do you like the more feminine party dresses better thank the more sporty ones in the fitness sections?
Once you have a good number of pictures, you can start thinking about how to use those looks in your own style. What do you like most about it? How can you best combine the items in your closet? Furthermore, please don’t be afraid to try out new styles. You can still try out new styles even if you’re going for your own signature look. Incorporating some of the latest fashion trends into your ensemble can help you stand out even more.
3. Lay a foundation
Once you’ve determined your preferred style, invest in a solid foundation. It is much easier to keep up with trends and seasons if you already have well-made clothes that fit your style and can go with you no matter what the industry news says. High-quality staples are more expensive than cheap knockoffs, but they are also better in terms of how they look, how they fit and how long they last. The result is that you won’t feel as much pressure to buy new clothes as often, which will help save you money.
Now that you’ve mastered the fundamentals it’s time to add some glam to your look. Accessories are a great way to put your own spin on an outfit and express your individual style. They allow you to develop your personal style further. If you want to spice things up, you can always accessorize with a hat, some sunglasses and a luxurious handbag, The right accessories can elevate even the most basic ensemble to a whole new level. You can also check out the post 5 Must-Have Accessories That Can Upgrade Any Outfit for inspiration.
5. Try out different colors and patterns
Trying out new colors and patterns is a great way to set yourself apart from the crowd. I do it a lot and love the results each time. If you typically wear black, navy blue or gray, try mixing in some colors. If you typically stick to solid colors, switch things up with a bold print or pattern. Need help figuring out where to begin? Try accessorizing with a couple of statement pieces, such as a colorful scarf or a printed top. Then, build the rest of your outfit around those pieces. Feel free to try different things out until you find what works for you!
PRO TIP: What color schemes work best together?
Color is subjective, so don’t be afraid to try something new! On the other hand, there are some safe bets when it comes to color schemes. Use a variety of blue and green tones together, for instance. You can also achieve a rustic look by combining earth tones with neutrals. In a more daring move, you could combine colors like orange and purple or red and green. There is no limit to what can be done.
6. Be confident
One key to developing your signature look is to feel relaxed and confident your clothes. You can pretty much tell if someone feels uncomfortable with what they’re wearing. When putting together your new look, selecting items that make you feel good about yourself is important. Keep in mind that style is meant to be fun and exciting. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, and try new things. In terms of personal style, the more fun you have with it, the more attention you’ll get.
7. Be creative
Once you’ve found some ideas, decided what style you want to make, and are confident in yourself, it’s time to add your own twist. Feel free to try new things; after all, you want to find what works best for you. Being creative can be as simple as mixing and matching different styles. Try a leather jacket over a flow dress, or toughen up a girly outfit with some edgy accessories if you feel bohemian-inspired. Or if you like classic styles, try giving them a modern twist with a graphic t-shirt or ripped denim jeans.
I feel like every woman should have a few essential pieces in her closet regardless of her style. With these key items, you can make a lot of different looks that are all yours. So please don’t be afraid to try new things with your style and have fun with it!
The Essentials Checklist For Your Closet
Use this guide to ensure that your wardrobe has a solid base of classic items that can be easily mixed and matched.
Black tank top – Although a white tank top has its uses (at the gym and on casual occasions), a black one is more versatile. You can wear it with a skirt or dark denim jeans to dress it up.
Short-sleeved white T-shirt – Since white T-shirts get dirty quickly and can’t be worn again, it’s best to skip the expensive designer T-shirts and instead buy a lot of stylish but less expensive ones. If necessary, swap out the old one with a new one.
Short-sleeved black T-shirt – If you want to show off your arms in style, go for short sleeves that are half an inch to an inch longer than a standard cap sleeve.
Long-sleeved white T-shirt – Look your best in white by donning a slim-fitting T-shirt that glides rather than clings.
Long-sleeved black T-shirt – Layer it over a dress shirt or even a dress for an unexpected elegant look.
A snazzy black turtleneck – Cashmere is a great option if you’re looking for something to keep you warm without adding extra weight.
Button-down white shirt (one cotton, one silky) – The ones that fit best will be worn the most: They’re neater and less hassle to tuck in when left out.
Crisp white blouse – A white blouse, which is more feminine than a button-down, is a classic must-have.
Crewneck sweater – Lightweight cotton or wool knits are great for layering and providing all day comfort.
Cardigan – A neutral tone can be worn with anything and longer cut that falls just below the hips is universally flattering.
A black dress – The “little black dress” is an essential piece, not just a cliche.
Pencil skirt – The ideal length for this timeless piece is right above the knee.
Denim jeans – Jeans that fit and look good on you are an investment worth making. Your best bet? A pair of black bootcut stretch denim jeans with no more than 2% Lycra. (It will cling to your curves without losing its integrity.)
Black pants – Choose a style made of fabric that can be worn year-round, such as tropical wool or viscose, to get the most wear out of this closet staple.
Skinny jeans – They used to be a trend, but now they are a denim staple. When it comes to skinny jeans, a looser waist is always more flattering.
Khaki pants – For a more relaxed and comfortable look, it’s best to forego the pleats and front crease.
Trench coats – An essential wardrobe piece and staple that everyone needs in their closet. What I love about trench coats is that you can dress it up or down and style it the way you want to.
Cropped jacket – This item poplarized by Coco Chanel, is now essential to any wardrobe. One in a solid hue or classic tweed will give you more options for complementary pieces.
Black cashmere wrap – Previously reserved for the cooler months, the fabric is now worn all year.
Ballet flats (in a neutral or versatile red) – Ballet flats, particularly those with rubber soles, are both stylish and functional because they are comfortable on the feet and look more put together than sneakers.
Simple black pumps – The ultimate multitasker, a reliable pair of black pumps can take you from morning to night with ease.
Sparkly or metallic heels for a night out – Strappy sandals, sparkly or metallic pumps are the perfect party shoes.
Wrapping It Up
You do not have to be a “Fashionista” to have a solid grasp of your personal style. The foundation of a good wardrobe starts with a few high-quality pieces that make you feel beautiful inside and out. Keep up with the latest styles by updating your accessories. If you’ve made smart choices, your signature look will complement the latest trends without breaking the bank. Always remember that the most attractive accessory you can wear is the one you’ve already got: YOUR OWN CONFIDENCE!
SHOP MY OUTFIT IN THE POST
Trench Coat | Sweater (vintage sweater but here are a few similars): Sweater 1 & Sweater 2 | Houndstooth Skirt (Old skirt but here are a few similars): Skirt 1 & Skirt 2 | Fedora Hat | Metallic Pumps | Clutch | Lipstick
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