What is style? Most of the people I see want to have style and look stylish – yet they will all dress differently. Style is not about a particular look, but the way you put together your clothing and accessories that suits your unique personality.
To be stylish there are elements that need to work together to create a cohesive appearance.
Here are the following elements to help you become stylish.
S is for Silhouette – the shapes, proportions, scale and balance of your outfit that flatters your figure.
T is for Together – Looking put-together means good grooming
Y is for Your – your personality expressed through your clothing choices
L is for Lifestyle – what you do, how you live your life influences what you need in your wardrobe
I is for In Vogue – fashions change, staying current and up-to-date are important to let the world know that you can deal with and embrace change
S is for Size – finding the right size, getting alterations if clothes don’t suit, making sure the quality of your garments enhances you
H is for Hue – colours communicate and the colours that flatter your complexion will make you look more vibrant, alive, exciting, youthful and harmonious.
My style is different from your style. We may like some of the same things but will put them together or wear them in our own way. Your style may be completely different, but it doesn’t mean that you’re not stylish and I am.
When I’m working with a client, it’s never about my personal style (though of course my taste will come into it to an extent). It’s about my client, what they love, who they want to be, how they want to be perceived, the fabrics, the colours, the patterns, the details that work for them. This aspect of style was one that I realised is super important, after (in my pre-image consulting days) trying to emulate the dressing style of a friend who I thought looked super, but on me was all wrong. I realized then it worked for her because it was a true reflection of her personality and worked with her body shape and colouring, not mine.
Discovering this made me realise that when I did my image training I wanted emphasis on discovering who the person is inside and how to express that authentically on the outside. It’s all very well to know your body shape, but if you don’t know who you are and how you can express your personality with your clothing you’ll only ever be part way to style.
How would you describe style?
Want to discover your style? It’s the first step in my 7 Steps to Style program and is one of the most important elements. Within the program is a quiz that will help you define and understand your style.