One of my top style rules is to BE AUTHENTIC.
In order to feel great in an outfit it has to be YOUR style – not what might look great on your friend or a celebrity.
Yes, by all means take inspiration from others, SCROLL Instagram and Pinterest (I do), but remember you won’t necessarily feel good in another person's personal style just because you like the look of the outfit.
It might not suit you if your body shapes or colour palette differ, BUT you can however adapt the outfit.
Let your true personal style and personality shine through.
That's the reason it is called 'personal' style, because it is personal to you!
As women we fall into 5 style personalities.
Your style is up-to-date and fashionable. It's most likely that you try to keep yourself abreast of the latest trends, and the do's and don'ts of fashion.
You may be the trendsetter among your friends - picking up outside inspiration and making them suit your own style. You can be very spontaneous when shopping for new clothes and tend to choose on impulse.
Your jewellery box is probably filled with large hoop earrings or anything that looks edgy but cool. You might also have some studded accessories lurking around in your wardrobe.
You love mixing bold colours, like for example hot pink with electric blue. Creating a fun, edgy and innovative fashion statement is a part of your style.
Your dramatic clothing personality can often intimidate and intrigue. You can appear sensual and seductive, or sophisticated but striking. You're confident and like to show some authority in the way you dress. You like adding "drama" to your look. And you tend to select bold clothes – either highly structured or body-hugging/skin revealing. You like statement accessories and often high contrast colours.
Natural is someone who strays away from fussy fashion. Your clothes are softly tailored, loose with a bit of structure. Layering is often used, not necessarily out of practicality but because you favour the easy and effortless casual look.
You like buying easy garments with very few details, and value comfort and functionality. Your makeup is natural and simple.
A romantic clothing personality conveys your adoration for everything soft and pretty.
You value femininity and may be a hopeless romantic. Ruffles, lace, pleats, those are just a few of the feminine details that tend to catch your attention when you're in a store. You like to wear soft colours and often choose fabrics like chiffon and silk that drape graciously on your body. You might also wear dark colours such as burgundy, red or black but wear them sparingly (ie. a dress in this colour) to convey an alluring appeal.
A creative clothing personality radiates your laid-back and independent character.
Your style showcases creativity and your preference for unconventional fashion. The way you dress appears bold and innovative. For you, fashion is about how you feel and what you like, which can create "clashes" in your outfits.
You like to combine different styles in one, and often use unusual prints and colour combinations. You love creating a strong fashion statement.
Remember, you are free to wear the clothes which project your personality; you’re not a prisoner in the style jail!
Try not to be restricted by what you ‘think’ someone of your age ‘should’ wear for fear of being mutton dressed as lamb.
Or what 'the old you' might have worn before you lost 3 stone and got a toy boy.
I’m by no means encouraging you to dress half your age and make a fool of yourself, but if you like a certain trend, find a way of integrating it into an age appropriate outfit which you feel comfortable with.
Scared of leather look leggings? Leopard print? Over 40?
No problem team them with an over-sized shirt and a coat that flatters your body shape.
Get the combination right and the world is your oyster!
The overriding style rule I stand by always is, 'if it feels good, WEAR IT!!!'
I've had women say that they think biker jackets make them look like they're trying to be 'too cool'. Give one a try, wear it with some things from your wardrobe which you love and see how it feels. All those young / trendy items CAN look great on women of ANY age.
No-one will feel comfortable going TOO far outside of their comfort zone at once.
Start with 1 thing at a time, and allow yourself to get used to that unfamiliar, slightly uncomfortable feeling.
You WILL get the 'Ooooh look at you, check you out' comments which make you feel 2 foot tall. Those patronising 'friends' just want you to start small, I assure you!
Don’t be restricted by what others will think! Your attitude and mind-set towards the clothes you wear can make or break your look. Wearing the same things day in day out will become boring and frustrating and make you feel even less excited about any up and coming events or activities.
Believing that you CAN ‘work it’ helps you feel more positive and will help you to ooze self-confidence. Ever heard of the term ‘fake it until you make it’? I do it all the time and the beauty is, no one knows! You are entitled to wear the things you really want to as much as anyone else.
On the other hand, having confidence alone doesn’t always necessarily equal GREAT STYLE. We've all seen the overly confident woman who we wince at. Half their body on display, twice the size of you and TWICE the confidence. Let that be a lesson. Good for her. Time to work on your own confidence my love!
I truly hope this has given you the confidence to start trying new items which you feel reflect your true style personality.