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How to change your style

2013-01-10 18:01:08

Published on 2013-01-10 18:01:08

As we move into a new year, our minds tend to focus on change – diet, lifestyle, jobs, interests, and so on. Personal style is no exception. While there is nothing wrong with changing your style (doing so can often be uplifting and fun) it’s important to understand your motivation. Style is such a unique expression of your personality that it needs to be approached in an authentic way. Pressure from family or media to change your look will only lead to feeling disconnected from who you are. To be happiest with your style, you have to integrate it into who you are on the inside.

Working through the following steps will help you to change or adapt your style in a way that fits with who you are and what you want to achieve:

1. Who or what is behind the change?

Are you changing your style because you feel you should? Is there pressure from family, friends or the media? The desire for change has to come from YOU and a genuine want for something different. It might be a complete change or something subtle, but ultimately this will need to be driven by you.

2. Is it really your style you want to change?

Are you hoping that a change in style will change something about your personality? If you really want to change something about yourself, your confidence levels for example, you need to examine and deal with this first, then change how you dress to reflect this. Otherwise, changing what you wear will only be a temporary fix. On the other hand, if you’ve already changed something about your personality and your wardrobe hasn’t kept pace, you’ll need to find clothing that reflects your new identity.

3. What is your style?

Before you can change your current style, you need to understand what that style is. How would you describe your style? My free Style Personality Indicator will help you to define your style now. What does your current style say about you? What do you like? What don’t you like?

4. What do you want your style to say about you?

How would you like others to describe you based upon the way you are dressed? Pick three words to describe the perception you want to create. Do you want to be perceived as professional, authoritative and knowledgeable or fun, approachable, and considerate for example?

5. Identifying a new style 

Based on the descriptive words you’ve selected for your style, imagine what you might wear to create that image. Think about people you know whose style projects the image you want to achieve – what is it about the way they dress? Be careful not to completely replicate their look – remember you still want to be yourself. Interpret aspects of their look to suit your personality.

How to change your style

6. Experiment with your style

If you’re struggling to decide what your new style might look like, try these fun, simple ways to safely experiment with style:

- Ask a friend to pick out an outfit for you from your wardrobe to reflect the look you want – it’s likely they will combine different items or see your wardrobe from a different perspective to you. Decide what you like or don’t like about the outfit and why

- Try ‘virtual dressing room’ technology – many on-line fashion retailers are now offering the opportunity to virtually try items of clothing by uploading a photo and measurements of yourself. Try Tesco’s Florence & Fred virtual dressing room – good fun if you have the time!

- Read through the different style personalities in my Style Personality Indicator picking out aspects of all the other personalities that appeal to you and how you want to be perceived. Try out each of these different aspects over time – how do they feel? Which would you like to incorporate permanently into your look?

Rather than focussing on how you look in an outfit, notice how you feel in it – clothing that makes you feel good is a good indicator of a style that will work for you.

Remember that style is a unique expression of who you are – enjoy changing your style to suit YOU, YOUR personality and the impact YOU want to make.



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