I'm a big believer in personal style over following trends. I love fashion, but I think finding what suits you and what, most importantly, you actually like is so important. There's nothing worse than wearing something bang on trend that actually makes you feel ten sizes bigger than you are and makes you feel as uncomfortable as the tall person in the front row of assembly. I feel like recently I've really discovered what works for me so I thought I'd share my tips on finding your personal style.
Trial and error | Unfortunately you're not going to find your personal style without making some mistakes along the way, but these will only help you to discover what doesn't suit you, which can only be a good thing. Just make sure you remember what works and what doesn't!
Don't give up straight away | If you really love a trend, but don't feel that it suits you, don't give up on it straight away. You might just need to find a different way for it to suit you. Obviously this isn't always the case, but sometimes shopping around a bit can do the trick. I was about a year late to the pinafore trend because the classic denim/cord style didn't suit me, but eventually I found a dress that can double up as a pinafore that does!
Be inspired | I think reading style blogs has helped my own style so much because I'm constantly being inspired by new content. I'm able to keep my personal style refreshed by taking inspiration from others and I'm able to decide for myself whether new trends suit me or not.
Don't waver | Sometimes it's tempting to revisit something you know doesn't suit you *cough* pencil skirts *cough*. If you know something doesn't work for you, don't buy it. I'm always enticed by pretty patterned pencil skirts, but they do not flatter me one bit and I know that if I caved in and bought one I wouldn't wear it because it would make my thighs look like baby whales (no exaggeration or anything there...)
Don't think about it too much | This might be contradicting all of my above points, but I think the point where I really found my personal style was when I stopped thinking so much about what I was wearing. I was just automatically putting on what was natural and what felt right. Trust your gut!
How did you find your personal style?