Art of Self-Expression Through Clothing

The Art of Self-Expression Through Clothing

In the split second that you first see someone, you are instantly drawing conclusions about their appearance.

Someone wearing an Angel Reese jersey is a basketball fan.

A woman wearing Delta Sigma Theta sorority paraphernalia is a DST soror.

Someone with a briefcase and a suit set is making their splash in the professional world.

Your clothes introduce you to the world. The great part is that you get to decide what that introduction says. Determining your own personal style is a form of self-expression and even self-care. Staying true to yourself and your individuality can help you build confidence.

No one can choose what your style is for you. You get to decide every day how you want the world to take you in.

Tips to Find Your Style

If you are having a hard time determining what your style actually is, then it’s time to experiment. These tips can help guide you.

1. Find a Pattern.

No, that doesn't mean you need to pick out a pair of animal print leggings. Start off by looking for patterns in what you like. The first step to finding your personal style is to notice what you are drawn to. If you like a more classic, minimalistic style, focus on that. If you find yourself ogling over more bold pieces, start there. A Pinterest board can help you figure out the type of aesthetic you find pleasing. You might realize that you are always drawn to the same colors or shapes.

2. Make Sure it Feels Right.

You don’t want to sacrifice feeling good just to look good. We’ve all tried to pull off an outfit that never felt quite right on our bodies. And not all styles will work for all bodies. So, your goal as you cultivate your own style is to find pieces that will not just look flattering but also feel comfortable. For anyone in between sizes, this can be tricky. But dress for the body you have right now, not the one you might have later.

3. Accessorize.

The easiest way to dip your toes into different styles is to play around with accessories since they are smaller and (often) less expensive than dabbling with different outfits. In your accessories, you can use self-expression in a few different ways:

  • Sentimentality. Find an heirloom piece that speaks to you. Maybe wear Grandma’s ring on a necklace or Mom’s special bracelet.
  • Pizazz. Go for the bold. If big and bright baubles bring you joy, wear them. Whether it’s statement earrings or a large necklace, you can spice up any outfit with the right jewelry.
  • Subtlety. If you’re more about the softer styles, pick some dainty pieces to highlight your femininity.

Accessories elevate a look and help it feel complete.

4. Step Out of Your Comfort Zone.

When you’re out shopping for new outfits, don’t be afraid to try something new. You might find that a different cut is flattering to your figure, or a new color really pops on you.

5. Be Confident.

If you strut your stuff, you can make any style look good. If your body language is reserved and timid, it can affect your entire appearance. Not feeling confident? We all have those moments, but you have the right to act confident in all situations. Fake it ‘til you make it.

6. Put Your Own Spin on Things.

You don’t need to settle for the options you see in the store. Instead of wearing clothes off the rack, personalize your clothes. Whether it is a patch, an embellishment, or even altering clothes so they fit you in a more flattering way, you can make each piece your own, which will really let your style shine through.

7. Have Fun.

The only style rule that you need to bother sticking with is that none of the other rules matter. Wear what makes you happy. Find what makes you feel like a million bucks. Mix the prints. Wear brown and black at the same time. Don’t feel the need to hide your white outfits after Labor Day.

The Trouble with Trends

By definition, trends will be out of style soon. If you always dress to keep up with them, you’ll spend a fortune. If you like a trend, buy a couple of accent pieces that align with it, but you don’t need to go all in on every new fashion wave.

The other problem with trends is that they focus on what other people define as stylish. Don’t prioritize others’ opinions; your style is for you and no one else. Feeling good and beautiful in what you wear is all that matters.

Life is short. Don’t let other people tell you what to do. Wear what makes you happy.

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