How to Create a Personal Style

Over the years my style has developed. From exclusively wearing any bright colour, to any trend Forever 21 deemed acceptable to becoming the queen of Portland fishing trip hipster gear, there have been more style transformations than I’d like to admit over the last ten years.

But now, at my ripe age of 21, I realize it’s time to stop slipping between trends and phases and stick with my own signature style that I can call my own. Because once you have tied down your own personal style you can apply it to many more aspects than just what you’re wearing, such as interior decorating, tech accessories, etc.

The process of finding my own personal style was quite a long one, so I thought I would share my steps of finding out exactly how I discovered the style that works best for me. And hopefully by the end you will feel that you have the tools to find your own too!

The Enthusiast’s Guide to Finding Personal Style

1. Go through your closet

The best way to start finding your personal style is to go through your closet. See what you learn toward the most. Is it stripes? Navy? Maybe you love floral? Dig into your closet and make a list of what items you lean toward the most and what items you wish you had. This will help you in the next steps.

2. Find three terms that describe you

Your personal style is just that – personal. When people see you they should see some of your top qualities. Style is meant to accentuate who you are as a person. If you watch Ugly Betty you’ll see that each character (while quite well dressed) has a certain personality, from Betty’s colourful ensembles to Wilhelmina’s sharp lines to Daniel’s casual yet get-down-to-business suits. Your style should do the same. So find three terms that you want your outfits to show when you’re walking down the street.

For me, I chose three that I believe are who I am:

  1. Classic – As a person, I tend toward the traditional. From my love of natural fibers and neutral patterns to how I live my life in general, classic is how other people and I describe me on a daily basis. That’s why I want my style to exemplify such an important part of my personality.
  2. Chic – As I reach an age where I am beginning to make a professional life I find myself choosing more elegant pieces, whether it’s furniture or earrings. Being chic is about having a certain elegance and that’s something that I try to give off, which is why I wanted to incorporate it into my style.
  3. Casual – At the end of the day I am the kind of girl who loves her leggings and sweatshirts more than anything. It’s so important to have a casual element to me, even though it seems to counteract my other two terms, but if I don’t have messy curls or a small rip in my jeans or, God forbid, I’m uncomfortable in my clothes I am not sticking to my true personality.

Once you have these terms you’re ready to move on!

3. Think about your top favourite outfits

Whether it’s something you wear now, or something you’ve seen in a magazine, we all have those outfits that we know make us feel like our best selves. Those are the outfits that will help you see what your personal style could look like. Choose three to five outfits that are your personal style that relate to those terms from earlier.

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Now when you go shopping or are finding clothes in your closet tomorrow remember those outfits and ask yourself if those outfits are fitting with your new style.

4. Make a board of clothes that exemplifies that style

Using either Pinterest, a cork board in your home, a folder on your desktop, or however else you arrange images, make a visual aid for your personal style. Whether it’s outfits you love, articles of clothing that fit your style exactly, or even just fabric pieces that are in your colour palette, place them on the board. This can be a daily/weekly reminder of the personal style that you feel exemplifies who you are.

5. Discard everything else

Now, if you want to cold turkey into your new personal style, it’s time to do some cleaning. Take items out of your closet that you think are completely against your style and place them in a bag away from sight. If you want you can donate them, but keep them for a short while (you never know when you’ll need something). Not having those items in your sight when you’re getting dressed as you make the transformation will make sticking to your personal style much easier.

Voila! Here’s your new personal style that’s all you!


Please remember that personal style can change as we age, so don’t feel that you will have to wear the same things for the rest of your life. Updating your personal style as your life changes is recommended as people don’t stop changing and neither should their wardrobes.

What is your personal style? How did you find it? Please share in the comments! Thank you for reading and I’ll see you Friday!

Stay classy, Internet,

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