Fashion experts swear by these style tips
Iconic designer Yves Saint Laurent said it best: "Fashions fade, style is eternal."
Wondering how to develop a sense of personal style that helps you put your best foot forward? It takes time to develop your personal style, because it needs to fit into your daily life. Play around with different pieces and outfits until you get a better feel for what works for you.
The goal is to cultivate a style that represents you as a whole and fits into your everyday routine without impeding on it. You should feel confident in your clothing and be able to go about your duties, tasks and routine with ease. Here are three style tips fashion experts swear by to do just that.
1. Focus on clothing that makes you feel your best.
Looking good translates to feeling confident in yourself; and when you're confident, you can take on the world. If you're uncomfortable physically or mentally in your clothing, you won't have the confidence to accomplish what you want or need to. Figure out what clothing makes you feel confident, and go from there.
Maybe a well fitted blazer gives you confidence. If that's the case, invest in a good basic blazer that you can dress up or down based on the occasion. Instead of buying a few low-quality items that you'll have to replace over and over again, invest in something that fits you correctly and will hold up over time. It will be less expensive in the long run.
2. Go with your gut.
You can almost always tell if an outfit or a piece of clothing is right for you within the first few seconds of putting it on. "Whenever you feel the need to talk yourself into things, that's a red flag that you shouldn't buy them," says designer Rebecca Minkoff.
If you don't immediately feel attracted to the item and don't feel confident about it, you more than likely won't wear it. I've done this countless times in the past, and those pieces I wasn't really excited about from the beginning have stayed in my closet unworn. No need to spend the money on something you won't wear. It's much more beneficial to invest in items that you love and feel confident in. You'll get more use out of them and will benefit from the confidence boost.
3. Once you develop a signature style, trust what you like.
If you find an item of clothing you truly like, buy it in a few colors. Designer Nanette Lepore suggests to "Figure out your go-to, foolproof looks," so you can build your wardrobe based on outfits that work for your signature style.
If you gravitate toward pants, there's no sense in building a wardrobe full of skirts and dresses. It's always a good idea to have a few items that push you out of your comfort zone, but having a signature style means trusting your gut and trusting the style you've developed based on your life. It doesn't mean that you have to wear the same thing over and over again. It means that you know what you like and you dress in a way that represents who you are.
(Whether she's dishing out advice on how to wear the latest trends or putting fun looks together, fashion writer and stylist Aramide Esubi is always on the move keeping up with the latest in fashion. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow her on Instagram at instagram.com/thesassypeach.)Copyright Tribune Content Agency LLC