Sometimes I am asked by customers who are new to the world of fashion. Usually, these are people who have never been interested in ready-to-wear trends. They never really paid attention to their dress. And yet, today, they want to improve their sense of style or dress better. They often point out that they feel excited to evolve their style but also feel completely overwhelmed.
If you start from scratch, the world of fashion can seem like a complex and strange world, with millions of rules and options.
The people around me seem to instinctively know how to create stunning outfits and find clothes that match their figure and style. How do they do it? The comparison between dressing well and speaking a foreign language is particularly justified. Indeed, developing and or mastering fashion is not something innate. It is a skill like any other.
Don't worry too much about defining your style or streamlining your wardrobe just yet. Wait until you can put together some outfits and know what types of clothes and looks you like before embarking on a complete wardrobe overhaul.
Become an expert observer
The first thing you can do to improve your sense of style is to observe what other people do and wear. What types of clothes make up their outfits? What colours do they associate with each other? What shoes complement their clothes? How do they accessorise their looks? Etc.
Do you know how art school students learn their craft? Simply by studying and copying the style of other artists. Of course, the point of this article is to develop your style and therefore ignore other people's rules. But, for a newbie, imitating others can be a great technique. It gives you a starting line, a plan to follow.
Most people who want to get into fashion feel overwhelmed. They know they have to experiment but don't know where to start. There is probably no better advice than to invite yourself to imitate. Pick an outfit and copy it. Then analyse what you like and what you don't like.
Find an outfit on Pinterest or a fashion blog. Consider wearing this outfit at work or on your next weekend. Then use your clothes to replicate this outfit as closely as possible or go shopping to try out this new look.
Step out of your comfort zone
The one and the only way to find your style is to step outside your comfort zone. You have to try, experiment and find out what you like and what you don't like. Experimenting with new things will also allow you to discover what is perfect for your body type.
Start with your favourite pieces
Even if you're not happy with the current state of your wardrobe, chances are you have at least one or two pieces that you like to wear. Use these pieces as a starting point. It's a simple way to enhance your wardrobe and your dress style. Here's how you can do it: First, figure out what separates your favourite clothes from the rest of your wardrobe. Try to figure out why you don't wear the other pieces of your wardrobe more often. Think about the colours, fabrics, cuts and general style as well as the details.
Again, at this point, make sure you are particularly specific. Instead of just thinking, "I like these comfortable, well-fitting pants," try to figure out what are the characteristics that make them so comfortable and so well-fitting. Once you've figured out what you like about your favourite pieces, you will have a perfectly detailed list of everything that can build your style.
Another thing you can do is search the internet to find out how other people wear parts that you can't put together.