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Stylist’s Advice: How to find your own fashion style and stick to it
Feeling tempted to expand your New Year’s resolution list beyond the traditional “to lose weight”? With the ever-increasing global awareness of the human impact on the planet, you might have decided to finally put a stop to the mindless buying of pieces that you don’t need and that are just going to end up cluttering your wardrobe after you have worn them a couple of times, if that.
How to avoid making this common mistake in the future without ever experiencing that “I have nothing to wear” feeling? It’s surprisingly simple. All you need to do is to find your own fashion style. Here are some tips and tricks from a professional stylist Dušan Bebčák that will show you how to go about it.
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Follow the golden rule and you won’t make a wrong choice ever again
Before you get to the fine-tuning of your perfect wardrobe, it’s important to get rid of those pieces that you never wear. Follow the stylist’s own approach and say goodbye to any item that you haven’t worn in the last 12 months. Be strict with yourself – no “I Might Still Wear It” pile allowed! Once your wardrobe has been pared down to just your favourite pieces, you can move on to the next stage. What rules should you follow to eliminate that morning stress of not knowing what to wear once and for all? Please remember our stylist’s golden rule:
Don’t be a slave to fashion trends and only wear items that make you FEEL GOOD!
Your feelings are the key. If you feel good in what you are wearing you will also look good. And if your wardrobe contains nothing but your favourite pieces, you will feel good every day.
Don’t hold back. Get experimenting!
There’s a myriad of fashion styles out there and no one says that you must commit yourself to just one of them. Your signature style should be a mix of pieces that suit you and that you feel comfortable in. “The possibilities for mixing things together are endless these days. It’s entirely up to you how original you want to be and how far you are prepared to go. For example, an elegant style mixed with some sports fashion elements is a popular combination,” says Dušan.
There are many online tests to help you find out which style is the right one for you. Are you sporty, elegant, romantic or are you a fashion fad lover? However, our stylist advises against relying on such tools too much. “A hundred different people will have a hundred different tastes, as the saying goes. I wouldn’t get too hung up on whether or not you fit a particular type. Wear clothes that you feel comfortable in.” Follow the golden rule.
Mix your very own fashion cocktail
Still at a loss on how to build your wardrobe? Fashion magazines and clothes catalogues are your friends. Tear and cut out anything that you would like to wear, and think would suit you. Then go through all your images again and select the best few to create your personal mood board. This will help you assemble in one place your favourite cuts and, more importantly, colours. You can then use them to create your own palette of core and secondary tones and stick to them in the future. Your favourite music can help too. This is confirmed by our stylist who says that music played an important role when it came to refining his own style: “The older I get, the clearer my music taste is, which then also translates into a clearer fashion style.”
You are nearly there now. Take a look at your mood board and compare it with the pieces in your wardrobe. The items matching the mood board can then be worn in simple combinations. The ones that would fit your style but are missing from your wardrobe can become the goal of your shopping hunt. However, be cautious and super choosy. Don’t let the price tag be your only guide. Pick good quality materials to make your new pieces last beyond the usual one season.
The 3 most important factors when creating your wardrobe
Before you head off to get your new pieces, it’s important that you define who you are and who you are not and don’t want to be. According to our stylist, the most important factors when it comes to choosing your clothes are:
- Body type
Once you are clear on these basic factors, jot down your usual every day roles and add the most common and, more importantly, most liked pieces that you wear whilst “playing” these roles.
Example of roles:
- I work as an accountant and my usual work outfit consists of black fitted trousers combined with a blue or white blouse. Alternatively, I just wear my favourite jacket over a simple T-shirt or vest.
- I am a mum and a dog-lover and feel most comfortable in lose, long T-shirts, leggings, hooded sweatshirts and sports jackets.
- I work as a Pilates instructor. Leggins, well-fitted tops and T-shirts are my favourite pieces when exercising.
As you can see, some pieces of clothing span across several roles. For example, you can do your Pilates in the same pair of leggings that you wear for walking your dog and in the same top that you sometimes wear under your work jacket. Thanks to these crossovers your wardrobe will contain only items that you will actually wear. More importantly, you will always know what to choose.
Are we correct thinking that your wardrobe is ready for one more round of thorough de-cluttering?
What does a professional stylist like to wear?
Working as a fashion stylist for the past 10 years, Dušan Bebčák’s career started in the modelling industry. His favourite outfit is a combination of black slim jeans, plain T-shirt and a leather jacket or coat. His favourite fashion style is “grunge”, hence the leather jacket. Other key elements of this style include some ragged pieces, such as ripped jeans and checked flannel shirts. A messy hairstyle is also part of the grunge image. Dušan gets most of his inspiration straight from the street. He loves watching people and their styles, both in the Czech Republic and abroad.
Both you and fashion trends change. What happens to your style then?
This might sound like another complex question, yet it has a simple answer. “Don’t become a fashion slave. Each of us is original and our clothes should reflect that. Invest in pieces that are timeless. Dark blue jeans, a good-quality coat, blazer, leather jacket - these are items that will never go out of fashion” advises Dušan. Even the fact that you have just found your own fashion style doesn’t mean you have to commit to it for the rest of your life. “People keep evolving during their lives, they meet new people, change jobs and their environments and this then translates into the way they dress. That’s why I say that we should use our clothes to accentuate our personality rather than fret about whether our outfit is trendy or not. Just wear what you like and what you feel comfortable in.”
Author: Nikola Nevečeřalová
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