Christie is a blogger & student in New York City, constantly creating and sipping cappuccinos. You can see more of her work on her blog,Nyc bambi
Developing your own personal style can be magazine-tearing, blog scrolling, online shopping, Pinterest-inspiring pure fun, but it can also be filled with tons of hair-pulling, copycat fears, and piggy-bank sadness. We all know how difficult it is to cultivate and create personal style, especially when it seems as if everyone wears the same trends. Being a blogger myself, I too constantly struggled with creating my style and being unique in a world where an outfit can be shared by a tap of a screen.
I want to make style a reflection of my personality. An extension of myself rather than a reflection of the world.
This is how I crafted my personal style.
You need to find what makes you tick. Is it the rich, brown tones of a coffee shop or black and white monochrome buildings and art museums? Do you take photographs of glitter on lips or delicate lace against hips? It’s all about what you admire. If you love edgy, pouty Kate Moss in the 90s, be edgy. Make a Pinterest board and re-pin ripped jeans, chunky boots, all the edginess you need to inspire your wardrobe. If you love vintage Jane Berkin, create a board dedicated to pinstripes and collared shirts with buttons, cut out from old magazines (while listening to your record player, of course.) If you aren’t sure what you like, just grab any photos from Tumblr or Pinterest that call your attention and a vibe will start to naturally form.
For example purposes, lets just stick with creating the perfect vintage wardrobe. According to you and what you studied, what are the absolute must-haves that will be the basis of your own personal look? Mustard cardigan? Striped cropped trousers? Oxfords? Write down the 5 staple items you must have and then you can continuously build off of these gorgeous, absolutely-you items.
After you have your essentials, you can start putting together simple outfits and looks. Just because you’re ‘vintage’ doesn’t mean you can’t throw a pair of mod sunglasses in. Be you. All the little accessories, or maybe just by adding a dash of a different style, can create and develop your personal look even more.
I can’t say this enough. Don’t care about what anybody else might say or think. Work this new style with a smile because, after all, you’ve worked hard to create this look and you will not let an anonymous Twitter comment ruin that perfectly assembled retro outfit. You look amazing in it anyway and everyone is just jealous.
I’m definitely not saying you must take pictures and create a flawless Instagram feed for your personal style. Have a messy Instagram feed, who cares about what anyone else says, as long as its you! I will say that being on social networks and creating your own page can help reinforce your style and make you feel even more inspired. I take photos of what I love because it helps me focus and hone in on the things that truly inspire me. Therefore, I’m able to seriously know what is me and what isn’t me.
I’ve been through literally all styles in the book; emo, preppy, vintage…so do not get discouraged if it takes a little bit for you to develop you. Perhaps you will have to go through this process 4 times before you can understand your personal style, and that’s completely fine! Just stay happy, stay you, and stay inspired.