Tips for Elevating Your Personal Style

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As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized how important it is to have a sense of personal style. To wear clothes that truly feel like me and that I will have for years to come. Don’t get me wrong, I love incorporating trendier pieces into my wardrobe that push me outside of my comfort zone but the base of my wardrobe are pieces that I feel good in. If you’ve been working on finding your personal style, you know it can take a while! But once you do nail it down, it feels so good, and getting ready each day is so much easier.

We’re all guilty of scrolling through Pinterest and Instagram making comments about other people’s styles and wishing we could be as fashionable as them. It’s part of life! But being fashionable and having that cool, chic girl vibe to you doesn’t have to cost a ton of money. And once you have your personal style nailed down, you’ll be able to take those steps so you can present yourself impeccably every time you leave the house.

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If you look at any fashion-forward person, not only are they fashionable but they also carry themselves in a specific way. They’re chic, and they’re confident. This is a feeling that you can embody and getting there is easier than you might think. If you’re ready to start elevating your personal style, these tips will help you do just that without spending a fortune.

Tips for Elevating Your Personal Style

Know Your Personal Style

We all have our own style preferences and once you figure out what yours are, you’ll feel that much more confident in what you wear. While it can be fun to try new trends and pieces that push you outside of your comfort zone, at the end of the day wearing pieces that you’re comfortable in are the ones that will give you that extra confidence. Stick to what you know and work on defining that aesthetic. If you’re unsure of your personal style, think about the pieces you gravitate the most towards and soon you’ll be able to determine your overall aesthetic.

Invest in the Basics

Treat the basics in your wardrobe as a foundation for your personal style. Once you have these pieces, you can build your wardrobe to include pieces that will elevate those basics and add a little something extra to even the simplest of outfits. Some pieces you’ll want to invest in include:

  • Denim
  • Cotton T-shirts
  • Undergarments
  • Dresses (especially black)
  • Sweaters

Once you have these pieces, you’ll have a foundation you can rely on so you can focus on adding pieces that give an outfit a unique spin.

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One of the best ways to elevate your personal style is to accessorize. Whether with a great pair of shoes, a bag that you just couldn’t say no to, a fun pair of earrings, or a leather belt, these pieces make an outfit look even more appealing and help pull together a final look.

When selecting your accessories, keep in mind what vibe you’re going for and the pieces that make up your outfit already. If you select the wrong accessories, they can clash with your outfit and do the opposite of elevating it. Always aim for a less is more approach and your personal style will flourish.

Add a Third Piece

A third piece is an easy way to make an outfit more interesting. It’s a finishing touch that finishes an outfit. Typically a sweater, blazer, cardigan, or light jacket (even a belt!), it’s one of the easiest fashion tricks that immediately elevates any outfit. For my third piece, I almost always opt for a blazer or a sweater thrown over my shoulders. Both are lazy girl approved but appear so much more intentional.

Have a Good Tailor

The saying “your body was not made to fit into clothes, clothes are made to fit you” couldn’t be more true. It can be so easy to get discouraged when trying to find clothes that fit you perfectly but by shifting your mindset and finding a good tailor, this will be a thing of the past. Instead of expecting things to be designed for you, make the changes to your clothing that need to be made in order to fit you perfectly. It might be an investment but it’s well worth it, especially for those pieces you know will get a lot of wear if only they fit better.

Avoid Jumping on Every Trend

Experimenting with your clothing is always fun, but at the end of the day you want pieces you feel confident in. By knowing what those pieces are, you’ll be able to pinpoint what works and what doesn’t work for you. This means you’ll have to be selective of the trends you adopt! Whenever trying a new trend, I always love picking up more budget-friendly pieces on H&M, Mango, or even Amazon to give it a try before I make an investment in a trend that doesn’t suit my personal style is it out of trend quicker than it became a trend.

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