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6 Ways To Create Your Own Personal Style

by Milana · 17 comments

Having a personal style doesn’t mean you have to look extravagant. If you look at the personal style fashion blogs of today, you’ll see that these days everyone seems to have the same personal style. They look great, but they also look unobtainable, maybe like the style of Blair Waldorf. We can get inspired by those, but we’ll never be able to imitate it, and why should we?

Find your own style that makes you you, not someone else. Here are five effective steps to creating your own style:

1. Be true to yourself

Yes, I would too like to dress like Kate Moss and have a rock star boyfriend as an accessory. But if you’re not in the 0,0001 % of the world’s population who are Kate Moss or Alexa Chung, and you have a job that doesn’t allow you to wear big sunglasses that hide the party circles under your eyes, you might consider how to incorporate the “I wish I had the style of…” with “This is me”. Now, experimenting is the key word.

2. Don’t be a sheep in life or in fashion

It is always nice to get inspired by celebrities, magazines etc., but once in the store, forget the exact outfit from the magazine (someone else or 500 others are already wearing it) and just remember the theme of the outfit. Make your own interpretation of the trend.

3. Never experiment five minutes before you head out the door

It never works and you’ll end up feeling uncomfortable. By experiment I mean wearing something you bought knowing that you’ll probably never wear it (Yes, we’ve all done it!).

4. Picture your outfit in your head the night before

It leaves you with extra time on your hands in a stressful morning that is not going to leave any time for being creative.

5. If purple is the colour of the season don’t go purple-crazy.

Have a scarf, a bag, some shoes or a hairband in that colour – don’t wear everything in purple just because someone says it’s hot!

6. That dress is so you!

Has anyone said that to you about an item you were wearing or looking at in a shop? If yes, that means that your style is recognizable. You maybe like certain colors, certain cuts, certain fabrics. You maybe prefer wearing dresses, lots of accessories and hats or you maybe love wearing colorful shoes or even mismatching socks! Who knows… All of these things make your style personal, so find your niche. Think about what it is that you love the most about fashion and work on that!

Now, what characterizes your personal style?

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Susan November 18, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Excellent statement. The operating statement is trend, and everyone interprets it for themselves. Glad you wrote it.

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Milana November 18, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Thanks, Susan! Glad you agree!

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Grace November 18, 2009 at 8:35 pm

It’s fun when everybody has their own personal style it makes it more interesting and sometimes we can pick out something that we like from how one dresses. I like to dress how others are dressing too but other times I like to dress my own way and I get a lot of compliments too! :)

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Milana November 18, 2009 at 11:17 pm

Me too… I can’t help but want to waer the latest fashion trends, but I also like to mix things and try things that I don’t see others wearing. That’s when your style becomes recognizable!

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Anna November 18, 2009 at 11:46 pm

This is a great post. Of course getting inspired by trends, celebrities and friends is fun if not unavoidable, but making it your own style can be a bit tricky. So I really appreciate your 6 rules on how to make a style your own instead of being a lemming. You should never wear something you really don’t like just coz it’s trendy (although I might have fallen into that trap myself occasionally:-))

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Milana November 19, 2009 at 1:43 am

Thank you, Anna :) I’m so happy you like the post! I have fallen into that trap a couple of times too! We just need to be honest with ourselves while shopping and not let others decide what we want to and should wear:)

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Miriam November 25, 2009 at 9:03 pm

Great site! It’s so true what you are saying.

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Milana November 30, 2009 at 12:43 am

Thanks so much, Miriam!

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Josie March 28, 2010 at 9:59 pm

haha :D you were writing something about strips- I think last year- and now it is one of the hottest things;)
and with this blog, again you are so right! ;)
go on like this!

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Milana March 28, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Yes, I did write about it some months back – ”How Stripes Change Your Whole Outfit”!

Thanks so much, Josie! Happy you like the blog! :)

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Alexander April 18, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Wonderful post Milana! I think you got yourself a new fan today! It’s really a true joy to read the stuff you write about… I therefore thank you so much for adding me on twitter. :)

Alright, back to the topic.. You know, what pisses me the most? That shops are sooooo POOR when it’s about male fashion.. really. Can you believe I can’t find a red leather jacket that looks like the one Brad Pitt was wearing in “fight club” movie… in a city that has about 40-60 000 inhabitants (it’s the city where I live), nor any Dutch webshop that I know of. :-(

It’s one of those things in life that makes me really sad sometimes.

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Milana Saric October 17, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Thank you so much, Alex! Glad you enjoyed the post! Yeah it can be frustrating when you’re looking for something and can’t find it! Milana

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LA October 17, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Excellent post! I totally agree that we should not be a mere followers of celebrity style and trend. It’s always up to us to get creative and work on an outfit! Yes, it does require work but as they say, if you look good, you feel good! :-D

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Milana Saric October 17, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Thank you so much :) Glad you like the post!

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Tracey October 17, 2010 at 11:59 pm

Good advice to remember when we head to the shops.

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Alinka Johnson October 18, 2010 at 2:44 am

Great post! All of your points so true!

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