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4 Steps to Defining Your Personal Style

Follow the feeling, not the fashion.


Season after season, fabulous models strut down the runway to showcase the collections of the world's top designers. If you haven't daydreamed about sitting front-row at a Chanel fashion show while pretending you're fancy and cool, you're truly missing out.

The haute couture pieces featured on the runway might seem extravagant, but these designs actually translate into the trends that we see every day! Even if high fashion isn’t your thing, it eventually gets to you in one way or another. It's up to you to determine how and what that looks like.

Modern fashion designers aren’t concerned about what people think or say about them, they’re instead focused on creating designs that make people feel like the best version of themselves. We need to start thinking of ourselves as our own personal fashion designers (because really, we are)!

Whether you’re girly, boho, edgy or somewhere in between, your style is is a direct representation of your personality. Let the world see how amazing YOU are and follow the feeling, not the fashion!

Define your own unique style with these simple steps.

Step 1:

Discover Your Inspo

If you stumble across my fashion board on Pinterest, you’ll get a good sense of what I’m like (I simply won't apologize for the excessive amount of floral & color). By exploring how other people put outfits together and saving those ideas, I’m able to form my own opinion on how I'd like my personal style to look and feel! An easy way to dive into this is first figuring out what style icons you most identify with. For me, Kiernan Shipka and Olivia Palermo are true fashion goals.

Save your favorite looks on Pinterest, Instagram, or even by flipping through a magazine, cutting, clipping and creating a tangible mood board! Once the looks you love are all in one place, you can dig into the inspiration and start to define your own look. You deserve to dream about the clothes you wear!

Step 2:

Rediscover Your Closet

After taking a look at your fashion likes and dislikes, it’s time to head to your own closet and do the same. Sort out the staple pieces (classic pants, tees, sweaters, jackets, etc.) from the more trendier ones and determine which items you love and which ones aren’t for you anymore. A good rule of thumb is if you haven't worn it in over six months, it's probably not worth keeping. Then, donate the items you no longer want or list them on Poshmark to earn a little extra spending money (learn more about that process here)!

Note: Having a larger amount of staple pieces as opposed to trendier ones makes it easier to build outfits that feel like you for a long period of time.

Step 3:

Discover Your Formula

After finding inspo and closet refreshing, it's time to figure out what styling works best for your everyday process! Only you know how you get ready each day and what that formula looks like.

One of the easiest ways to stay consistent and true to your style is to have a go-to-uniform when getting dressed. Transform the everyday jeans and a sweater look by topping it off with a simple headband you’re loving or a pair of trendy shoes! Utilize those staple pieces and accessorize in a playful, fashionable way that feels like you. There are so many ways to change up the look of a staple piece so it doesn't feel like you're wearing the same thing over and over again!

Even though, sometimes, you'll love an outfit so much you will want to wear it over and over and over again.

Step 4:

Rediscover Yourself

The clothes you wear should make you happy! While it can be a difficult to find the line between wearing what you actually like versus what you feel like you should wear, be your own fashion designer and focus on what feels the most like yourself.

What looks good on YOUR body? What fits YOU correctly? What makes YOU comfortable? What makes YOU feel like a style icon?

Fashion evolves as you evolve and your style will change overtime. As you rediscover yourself, rediscover the process and try, try again!

Strut your stuff because the world is your personal runway.


Alina Ann


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