I attended my first Mercedes Benz Fashion Week a week ago, and it got me thinking about my own personal style identity. Ever since I defined my own style, I have felt very passionately about how I can contribute to Fashion Sustainability.
I did a post a few weeks back on sustainability, and I wanted to tap into some achievable ways in which us, as fashion consumers, can contribute to a healthier planet. And this starts with knowing your own personal style, so you make wiser purchasing decisions, and ultimately reduce waste. Feeling awesome, looking awesome, and doing awesome things, are all added bonuses! 😉
Keep reading to define your personal style in 8 simple steps.
- Define your current lifestyle, as well as your future lifestyle from a goals perspective. If you are a Personal Trainer, and spend your whole week in activewear, then it’s no use filling your wardrobe with beautiful pantsuits. You would more so benefit from investing in quality activewear, athleisure, and outfits for the weekend, and having one suit that you adore for evenings out or important meetings. Conversely, if you have future goals to work in the corporate arena, start doing some research around what staple pieces you would like to purchase in advance, and invest in a few really good quality, classic pieces. You can add on-trend pieces as you go.
- Follow a style icon/s. They can be from this era, or past era’s, or both! I like to follow different fashion bloggers/influencers’ such as Song of Style, Olivia Palermo, and Giovanna Battaglia/Engelbert, as well as past style icons such as Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Lauren Hutton, Cher, etc. I then look at fashion pieces from different eras like Chanel, Dior and Yves Saint Laurent. And finally, I follow the brands that I adore to ensure I keep up-to-date with all news and trends.
3. Be authentic to who you are. If you prefer kicking about in sneakers and jeans, yet you buy miniskirts on the fly, in the hope you may one day feel the urge to wear them, that my friend is a waste. Own that fact that you love sneakers and jeans, and focus on buying amazing quality. Which leads me to my next point…
4. Choose a signature piece that screams YOU! It could be a piece of jewellery, a certain style, or a a way in which you style an item. For me, it’s textures. A good leather and denim combo is a must for me!
5. Play up your strengths. Choose something about your personality AND your body that you love, and dress accordingly. You may have a real sense of creativity and amazing curves, so you decide to wear a dress with two belts and pair of killer boots. Because when you accentuate the good parts of yourself, you exude confidence, and therefore contribute positively to your own life, as well as others’.
6. Put a name to your style; minimalistic, avant-garde, boho, beachy, sporty, classic, posh, scary…wait, what?! Anyway, you get the drift. Just remember, this label doesn’t need to remain the same. You can change it whenever you damn well please!
7. Develop your own capsule wardrobe. What’s this? A set of key wardrobe staples that form the foundation of every outfit. Furthermore, write down a list of staple pieces that you require, and work towards fulfilling that list FIRST, before buying anything else. You will benefit much more from a beautiful knit sweater that feels amazing on, then splurging on a one-night-wander dress.
8. Start a pinterest board (if you haven’t already), and add outfits or styles that you give you inspiration. And whilst you’re at it, add me! Shameless plug!
Remember to have fun through this process; try new styles or colours. It’s a rewarding feeling knowing you’ve taken the time to understand what you like, don’t like, and enjoy wearing, as well as getting us one step closer to driving a sustainable fashion industry.
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Katrina – Leather & Soie x
What I wore:
Denim jacket – Levi’s via The iconic
Heels – Gianvito Rossi via Farfetch
Bag – Chanel
Earrings – Racil (no longer available), but these one’s from the same brand are amazing