Get ready for a ride because today we’ll talk about how to find your style of clothing.
Finding your personal style can be tricky- trust me I know that. One day you want to dress like a bad-ass and the next you want to dress like a princess. Been there, done that. Several times actually.
A lot of people struggle with this: liking completely different styles and wanting to stick to just one. You don’t have to do that. Finding your personal style is all about combining already existing styles you like and make them your own.
In today’s post, I will be sharing with you a step-by-step on how to find your personal style. This is the ultimate guide on how to find your style of clothing.
By the end of this post, you will have a complete guide on how you can create looks that you love and feel super comfortable in, so keep reading!
How to Find Your Style of Clothing
Who are the people who’s style speaks the most to you? Is it a blogger, a celebrity, some random person from your hometown? See which of their looks you like the most and save them.
After you gathered up a good amount of outfits, look for similarities between them. This can be a color, a certain item of clothing, a cut of jeans, whatever.
Jot everything down in a piece of paper. We’ll be coming back to it later
The 7 Universal Styles Theory
The universal style theory is used by personal stylist all around the world to help people find their personal style of clothing.
Created by Alyce Parsons and Mimi Dorsey, this theory serves as a guide to help you narrow down your personal style.
With that being said, you don’t have to necessarily fit into those 7 styles but they are a good place to start if you really want to find your personal style.
People’s personal styles are usually a mix of 2 or 3 of these 7 styles. However, there’s one that always stands out. The other 2 are complementary styles. That means they are styles of clothing that reflect what we want to be or feel in a certain part of the day or phase in our lives.
How many times did you want to dress like a badass bitch one day and like a princess the next? I know that happens to me all the time!
Identifying these 2 or 3 styles of clothing will help you build a wardrobe that allows you to dress easier and more authentically.
So, what are there 7 universal styles? Get that paper ready again and prepare to write down your favorite styles.
Traditional style exudes seriousness and confidence.
This style mainly consists of formal pieces like dress pants, blazers and white shirts.
Women who have a traditional style are often seen wearing neutral tones and clean lines. They don’t really venture out in the world of print. They prefer simple prints like stripes.
Shop traditional style:
The elegant style is very similar to the tradicional style when it comes to cuts and colors.
Women who have this style like well tailored items such as pants. they are very sophisticated and discreet, letting their outfit speak for themselves.
Even though the outfits are simple, they give off that “I spent two hours choosing my look, but you would never knw” vibe.
Shop elegant style:
This one speaks for itself.
This sporty style has been a trend these past few years. Gone were the days where we would see our favorite celebrities I and bloggers in nothing but a bodycon dress and high (and I mean high) heels.
Sporty styled women seek practical and comfortable clothes. They prefer soft fabrics and items that give a laid, back, yet energetic look.
You don’t need to be an athlete to rock this look. I mean, look at me. I’m anything but athletic and I love me some sweatpants.
Shop sporty style:
Also known as urban, the dramatic style of clothing is powerful, modern and, as the name suggests, all about the drama.
People with dramatic styles often wear all black, volumous pieces (points if they have ruffles) and a lot of assymetrical pieces.
Shop dramatic style:
The romantic style is the most feminine style of all. Think pink, midi dresses with volumous skirts, soft lines and flower patterns. That’s romantic for ya.
Romantic people tend to wear a lot of flowy pieces in light color in delicate fabrics such as lace or silk.
When it comes to patterns, again flowers, but also polka dots.
If you want to feel like a princess, this is the style to go for.
Shop romantic style:
Creative style is basically a mix of all the other 6 styles. It’s bold, original and in your face (in a good way of course).
Bright colors, mix of textures, fabrics and print are what characterize this style the most. Also, a lot of layering.
Shop creative style:
Ah, the badass bitch style. Who doesn’t want to feel like they rule the world from time to time?
If you want to exude power and determination, then the sexy style is for you.
This style consists of tighter pieces (the shorter the better), heels, bold colors like red and lots (and I mean lots) of animal print. Think Janice from “Friends” and her leopard print ensembles. That’s the amount of print I’m talking about,
With all this being said, this doesn’t mean you’re not sexy if you fit into any of the other 6 styles. Always keep that in mind!
Shop sexy style:
Look through your current wardrobe
Now that we’ve gone through the 7 universal styles, see which ones suit you the most. Once you’ve narrowed down the possibilites about your own personal style of clothing, it’s time to look through what you already own.
I know you want to go shopping and buy a whole new wardrobe, but trust me on this. You probably won’t have to do that much shopping.
I mean, you can if you want to. You get what I mean!
Remember the paper I told you to write at the beggining. Grab it.
Of the things you’ve written down, what are those that fit in the style you like the most? If there are pieces that you feel like don’t fit the style you’ve chosen but you still like them, don’t discard them. There will be ways in which you can incorporate them into your outfits.
With this question in mind and as you go through your clothing, you’ll be able to create two piles: pieces you’ll keep and pieces you’ll give away.
After you do this, start creating looks! I personally like to do this by laying the items on the floor or my bed and take a picture. This helps me a lot when I don’t know what to wear.
Find your key pieces
When finding your personal style, you’ll come to understand that there are some pieces that you will wear countless of times on different occasions, so I’d suggest you should invest in those pieces.
As they are something that will be worn over and over, they should be long-lasting so spending a bit more on them will eventually serve you better in the long run.
How to Find Your Style of Clothing: Conclusion
And that’s it! Follow these steps and you will find your personal style in no time! Let me know in the comments which of the seven universal styles you like the most!