Hey guys! So a few years ago, an onlooker might have described my style as ‘confused’ or even ‘non-existent’. To sum it up: I was really into girly pinks, matching everything and florals. But as I got older and I was exposed to the more subdued and understated fashion icons like Olivia Palermo and Lauren Conrad, I wanted to change my style too.
But how do I do this without breaking the bank??? – I feel you, and I’ve got you because I’ve been there and done that.
- Make space. If you want to change your style it’s out with the old and in with the new, right? You don’t necessarily have to donate or re-sell everything you own, but put them away for now.
- Pick a few style icons. This will help you narrow down your style and give you inspiration. But don’t get too caught up, there’s no point buying something because she wore it and it looked amazing on her. If you are guilty (like I used to be) and you do this, you’re going to end up with tonnes of clothes sitting in your closet and to be honest, money aside, that’s just more space that you could have had.
- Question yourself. Is this a passing phase you have or do you want to permanently change your style? If you know it’s a phase or if you’re unsure, you probably don’t want to break the bank; and you really don’t have to. I think shops like Forever21 are amazing because although they don’t offer the best quality, it’s inexpensive and doesn’t make you feel bad for experimenting with different clothes.
- Be selective. Have a clear idea of what you do and do not like by spend hours looking at magazines or online at shops and ask yourself, ‘do I like the way that looks / fits / stretches / zips up? / etc.’ Just because you like a certain style doesn’t mean you have to like every piece of clothing in that style.
- Breakdown the style into a few essentials. Start building those into your wardrobe before you add in the ‘extras’.
- Finally, if this new style is really what you’re all about, then YAY – you did it, you’ve reinvented your sense of style! Keep building the wardrobe you love and one day, who knows, you might be a style icon. But don’t forget to donate/re-sell all the oldies.