Finding your personal style can be such a complex process, but WITW is here to give you four easy tips on how to curate your ideal closet.
Tip #1: Start with basics.
Everyone needs a decent selection of buildable basics. We look at these cornerstones in four groups. First up, t-shirts & denim; a color palette triad of blue, white, and black ensure your pieces will fit with any bold accessories. Then there are layering pieces like blouses, blazers, and jackets; who could go wrong with classics like denim or leather! Of course, we all need outerwear: coats and knitwear like trench coats, camel coats, and parkas certainly pull even the most daring outfits together. Last but not least, you can’t leave the house without shoes. Starting out with sneakers, loafers, boots, and sandals will have you covered for every season – and every outfit! From here, you can add items that complement these basics with accessories and other trend-led pieces.
Places to find good basics: H&M, & Other Stories, Topshop, and Zara. If you’re looking to splurge, Anine Bing always kills it.
Tip #2: Find influencers whose styles you admire.
I know, not very original. However, social media – specifically Instagram and Pinterest – make it so easy. Following influencers whose styles are similar to what you want your own to be is crucial. This practice inspires ideas for what you can do with existing items in your closet as well as a guideline for what pieces you might want to add to your wardrobe. Pick and choose looks you can see yourself sporting, then try to recreate them.
Some of my favorite influencers: Arielle Charnas from Something Navy; Emma Hill; Sarah Tankel Ellis and Philippa Bloom Ross from We Are Twinset; Louise Roe from Front Roe; Danielle Bernstein from We Wore What; and Aimee Song from Song of Style.
Tip #3: Find inspiration in your life.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked past someone on the street or in the grocery store and thought to myself, “Wow, I really like her outfit.” Pay attention to those around you. Don’t be afraid to approach a stranger and ask where they got something they’re wearing. You might even make their day in the process!
Tip #4: Be honest with yourself.
Even though impulsive buying can be so tempting (and I will admit, I am quite the impulsive buyer myself) take time to really think about whether you’ll actually wear what you’re about to purchase. Ask yourself how practical it is, how often you’ll be able to wear it, if it’s versatile, how comfortable you’ll feel wearing it, etc. It’s a shame to buy something that never leaves your closet walls, so always stay true to who you are.
When all is said and done, personal style is an extension of what makes you feel confident in your own unique way. Plain and simple. For more style tips, check out our fall must-haves.