How to Choose Your Style

Do you feel like you need a change? Or maybe you feel like your style isn't unique enough? If you're feeling like you need to make a new style for yourself but you aren't sure how then please read on.


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    If one of your friends has on an outfit you really like, you can ask them where they got it. Look around you and notice what friends, family, movie stars, musicians etc. are wearing. Ask yourself what you like/don't like about their personal style and make note of the things you would like to add to your own style.
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    Write down all of your unique interests and tastes. Discover your personality, interests, likes and dislikes. You probably already know if you prefer rock music or country, blue jeans or pencil skirts but have you ever really thought about each of your tastes and what that means to your personal style? Make a list, either mentally or on a piece of paper of all your unique interests and tastes and circle a few that you would like to convey.
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    Ask yourself who you want to be. After you've discovered your tastes, you'll probably have a better idea of what you want to be. However, make sure that it is something you really want and have the personality for and not just something you think is cool. For example, do you want people to see you as an artist, or an athlete, a romantic or a rocker?
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    Think about what kind of clothing you would wear as this person. You can use the internet to do some research on what kind of clothing others of your style like to wear. Write down the styles you like as well as your favourite colours and general clothing items. Unless you want to be really hardcore, you don't need to buy everything super sporty or really artsy. Feel free to splash in other items and colours that you like as well-that will make it more unique anyway.
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    Look in your closet and see what you already have. Perhaps you actually have a whole collection of berets that would suit your Bohemian or Artist look. Maybe your closet is full of jeans that you could rip up for your vintage style. It's always best to start at home before spending a bunch of money on new clothing.
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    Go shopping. You don't have to go anywhere fancy - the thrift store will do! Of course, you probably want to get a few new things but depending on your budget, buying a whole new wardrobe from the mall could be pretty expensive. While shopping, look for things that grab your eye and suit your new style.
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    Wear it with confidence. Start showing off your new style by wearing it. It may be hard at first to make new outfits or, if your style is extremely unique, to wear it out but the sooner you do this step, the sooner you will have your own style.
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    Create an inspirational scrapbook or portfolio of clothes or styles you like. A good place to find clothing advertisements are in magazines, especially fashion ones. Looking at these can give you ideas of what you would like to wear, and clothes to buy to help establish your personal sense of style.


  • Don't be afraid to wear something that isn't in style at all. It's actually way more personal to wear things that nobody else ever thought of.
  • Take the time to put your outfits together before going out. As time goes on, you won't need to take so much time as the outfits will be in your head but at first this is essential.
  • If people make fun of you, just shrug or smile and say "This is just how I like to dress" or "I have my own personal style, what's yours?"
  • Do look at what others wear but don't try to mimic them. A copycat style is never very personal!
  • Even if nobody else dresses like you do, wear your clothing with pride and confidence.


  • While you may receive many compliments, also be aware that criticism, especially if your style is very unique, will likely come as well.
  • Creating your own style is hard work and takes patience and inspiration.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet access.
  • Money to buy more clothing
  • Fashion magazines (optional)
  • Imagination

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