This week I've stayed away from the lens to actually focus on a topic that I have meaning to publish on my blog for quite some time. After having some recent conversations, I've had people from Uni tell me how much my style has changed over the past year, when I started my first year of Uni. I went through a whole year actually finding something that defined me. I experimented so much and wanted to mix and match everything which is just the worst! At some point, I went through my style posts on my blog and knew something had to be changed. It just wasn't flowing the way I wanted to.
The one day, I stopped by the lovely Remi Afolabi's, owner of Uk blog, Hands of Style, and she had just managed to publish a post on How To Define Your Style.
From then on, I was more clear on what needed to be done so now I'm passing on my tips to anyone who's still at that stage of trying to define their style.
We appreciate different styles but which one really defines who you are?
You might have a style icon who you look up to and spend many hours of the day flicking through their Instagram page lusting over their style or items in their wardrobe. Find the icon who influences your style and start creating Pinterest boards or a Tumblr page collating images for inspiration. Flick through my Pinterest page to see how I've gathered inspiration.
Focus on the outfits that you have gathered in your inspiration boards and jot down keywords to describe the overall aesthetic or vibe of the look. For example, some of my key words were relaxed, oversized, boyish, minimal.
Trust me, it will really clarify and define your look!
Record the outfits you wear by taking pictures, take that as an opportunity to snap plenty of OOTDs for the 'gram.
Find a signature piece that has become part of your style identity. You may already have one and may not even know it but embrace it. My fro has become part of my style identity and culottes are basically my signature piece in my wardrobe, I have them in different colours and styles and even my friends tell me that they can't imagine me in anything else but culottes!
Examine your closet and remove items that do not fit in with the style you are going for. Yes, another wardrobe clear out! I still have like 3 large bags full of clothes that I've removed from my wardrobe. I've even gotten myself a clothes from Ikea where I place all my go-to pieces on. Every item on it is pretty much grey and black.
KNOW THYSELF. Trust your instincts and wear what makes you feel good, happy and is a true representation of you. Embrace it, refine it.
I hope this has been of help, please leave any comments or questions you have for me down below.
I'll be more than happy to help.
Until next time,