Defining Your Personal Style

Photographs by Tala Parker and OLP Photography

Defining your personal style can help you make better clothing purchases, get dressed easier, and improve your self-confidence. It can also help you cut down on your current wardrobe, leaving you with only the clothes you love and feel good in.

Start out by creating a Pinterest board of outfits and clothing that you like and would wear. Next, take a look at what you pinned. Pick one or two words that describe the style. For example, relaxed and classy or athletic and casual. Then, notice the colors and patterns of the clothing. Are you drawn to bright colors, jewel tones or neutrals? Stripes, solids, or plaid? Now think about what fabrics and textures you like. Would you wear silk, knit, cotton, denim, and lace? Also, consider what you enjoy wearing today. A mix between what you do enjoy wearing and what you would like to wear is ideal.

My defining words include: Relaxed & Classy * Color palette: jewel colors (burgundy, emerald green, royal blue), neutral colors (army green, brown, cream, white, grey, black) stripes & solids.

Now that you have a good idea of what you would wear, create a list of all things you wouldn't wear. Now is also a good time to think about what brands you do and don't like, either because you don't like their quality or their style.

my “I don’t wear that” list: sequins, floral patterns, graphic shirts, tassels, animal print, itchy wool.

Ta-dah! You've successfully defined your personal style. Make sure to keep it in mind whenever you buy new clothes or when you minimize your wardrobe.