When it comes to curating your personal sense of style, there is no mathematical equation or fashion guru to consult. What you present to the world on the outside is who you truly are on the inside. So first, take some time to get to know you. Who are you? How do you want the world to see you? Are you the girl next door? Are you trendy? Smart? Hipster? LA? Street-chic? Or high-fashion? To help get you started, create a list of “I am’s.” Think outside of the box and write down how you see yourself. For example, “I am a go-getter. I am magnetic. I am a dancer. I am urban-chic. I am confident.” When you are finished making your list see how you can translate those “I am’s” into your personal sense of style.
My second tip of advice is to experiment the smart way! Go to a trusted hair stylist, makeup artist and fashion stylist and ask for a mini consultation. You want to know what hair color best compliments your skin tone. What cut best compliments the shape of your face? What eye shadows highlight and make your eye color stand out? What waistline is best for your body type? These are all crucial questions to answer before you start experimenting with your cut, color and clothes. It will help you make smarter decisions when shopping, and will save you money in the long run. I mean, come on. How many of us have walked into a “fancy” hair salon, putting our trust in a “celebrity” stylist to give us that perfect cut and color because they claim, “I can make you look like (insert favorite celebrity here),” only to walk out completely disappointed? Hands for yay?! Well, you end up spending more money trying to get that atrocity fixed because you didn’t take the time to do your own research! Yes your hair will grow back, but that hole in your bank account won’t. Cut out images from magazines of hairstyles and makeup hues you want to experiment and bring it to your consultation. The professionals will help guide you in the right direction to finding your winning look.
My final tip of advice for creating a winning look is to trust your instincts and be confident! Nothing is more beautiful than a woman who holds her head high and is confident in everything she does – even with her mistakes. Style is grace, elegance, and tenacity – all things you can’t buy. You must believe in yourself and your sense of style or no one else will! In the words of Yves Saint-Laurent, “Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.”