Defining personal style can be challenging as it means something different to everyone. In a broad sense, personal style is your taste and your preferences. It is expressing who you are and how you feel through what you wear; what music you listen to; how you style your hair and many other aspects of your life. Your personal style says a lot about you! Personal style can encompass your entire personality and identity. It can be anything from which places you like to eat, to the way you carry yourself. To us, personal style is about feeling comfortable and confident in your own skin, and expressing your taste. 

Fashion is an amazing way to express your personal style. There are so many looks, trends and types of clothes to choose from that best suit you. The variety of choice can be overwhelming sometimes as it’s difficult to know what works for you. With this in mind, we have devised this top-tips guide on the best ways of finding your personal style.

  1. BE YOURSELF: It sounds obvious, but through the influence of social media, it is very easy to idolise and want to copy other people. Whilst social media, your friends and people in passing are fab sources of inspiration, reproducing other people’s styles on yourself may not always work for you. So, let your individuality shine through!
  2. INSPIRATION: Inspiration is all around us! A great way of discovering your personal style is by looking around and seeing what other styles you like or find inspirational. Nature can be a brilliant source of inspiration as the seasons and colours around us are always changing. Websites such as Pinterest also put together great mood boards for certain styles and looks. Additionally, your fellow students are a great source of inspiration! The diversity of student’s style on campus  is a great way of finding inspiration for different outfits and styles.
  3. EXPERIMENT: A simple way of learning what works for you and what doesn’t is through experimentation. There are a number of ways to experiment with different trends and styles in affordable ways. Firstly, get to know the thrift stores/charity shops and vintage stores in your local area. You can find some really great pieces at great prices if you spend time rummaging through the rails. You’ll often find that pieces and trends from decades passed can inspire your outfits. Secondly, there are loads of online sites that offer affordable second hand clothing. Some of our favourites are ASOSmarketplace, eBay and Depop. These sites can also give you a better idea of styles that appeal to you the most. Lastly, ask family members or friends if they have any fashion items they no longer want. Hand-me-downs are a great way of experimenting with style at no cost. (It’s also a fab way of grabbing one-off items).
  4. BUDGET: When buying new pieces on a budget, always think: is it practical?  And do I need it? It’s easy to impulse buy- we’ve all done it. But a student budget means impulse buying can lead to regrets. A top-tip is keeping a list of the items you need. Whether that be a warm coat for the colder winter months, or light t-shirts for summer. If you’re going to splurge on a statement item, make sure your budget can afford it
  5. BE OPEN TO CHANGE: Once you’ve found a style that makes you feel confident and comfortable, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut and become uninspired by your wardrobe, as putting together the same looks everyday can become tedious. Allow yourself to be inspired by new trends and new experiences.  A lot of leading magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan (and many more) publish Fashion Week recaps and new trend articles on their websites, which are free to access. Many high street stores also offer their interpretation of new trends in edits and look books online as well. Your style will evolve as you mature and grow. So, if you didn’t like wearing leopard print two years ago, you may feel differently towards it now.
  6. BE DARING: Don’t be afraid to wear something different and stand out from the crowd! Having the confidence to rock any look you want to is not always easy. But you have nothing to lose. What matters is if you feel your best, not what others think. Style is about expression so you might as well have fun and get creative!

Text by Natalie Carter

Picture research by Anna Irina, featured image from Pinterest.