On to Part 2 of Developing your Own Personal Style! If you didn't get a chance to read Part 1, you can check it out by clicking this text.
We left off at choosing the right colors for your skin, hair and eye color. Next, I want to talk about shape and size.
It's always in your best interest to buy clothing with your body shape and size in mind.
Remember when I wrote last week that it would be a good idea to say "bye-bye" to all the clothes that no longer fit you? Only because you are taking up precious room in your closet?
That sort of reminded me of this step in developing your personal style.
Don't buy clothes that aren't going to flatter the body type you currently have. Also don't buy clothes that you aren't going to be able to wear this very moment. Honestly, I struggled with this for a long time. I was so used to sporting x-smalls and being able to wear practically anything. Having a baby changed everything. But hey, this is just reality for most of us women! Another reality is that we tend to hold on to our clothing that is too small or no longer flattering. Let go. Just let go and give it to someone who can use it. I told you, I seriously struggled parting with my super tiny jeans, but it was for the best.
What I am trying to say out of this is to dress for your current body type. Knowing how to highlight your best features can take your look from just okay to simply stunning!
But even more important than dressing for your shape and size is having confidence!
Trying to stay positive is hard. But part of dressing well is also about having that underlying layer of self esteem. Focus on the things you like about your body. For example, instead of zeroing in on having a little extra around the waist, remind yourself how you have really nice legs, amazing arms or a smile that can light up the room. Highlight those wonderful assets when developing your style. If you have really nice arms, then by all means show them off!
The last piece of advice I have for you, which is going to be fun if you are up for it, is to create a "style book". For example, if you had a look that you really felt great in, next time you wear it take a picture then stash the picture away in your style book.
You can then use your images in your style book to help you pick out future outfits or even aid you when shopping. Having these pictures can give you a sense of what colors and styles of clothing you like best. When I started my "What I Wore Wednesdays" column here on the Cincysavers.com blog, I didn't realize how much gray and black I wore. Now I am making an effort to add more color to my wardrobe.
Another perk of having a style book is a great way to document your style and look as it evolves. Also feel free to add images to your book of outfits that inspire you either from magazines, online or even of friends outfits!
Just remember, one of the very best things you can wear all the time is confidence.