Cultivating Personal Style: It’s Easier Than You Think

By on July 28, 2015, in Soft Surroundings

For some of us, personal style comes naturally — we’ve cultivated it our whole lives, inspired by what we do, who we surround ourselves with, and where we travel. We’ve found out what works, what doesn’t, and what colors, fabrics, and adornments dazzle and delight.

For some of us, however, personal style can still leave us scratching our heads.

What’s your personal style? It’s a hard thing to put into words. We might take fashion quizzes, read up on endless style trends, make our way through a multitude of women’s clothing and still be left wondering. Cultivating personal style, however, ultimately comes down to one simple thing: letting your personality shine through what you wear.

Be Inspired

What people, places, and things do you surround yourself with that bring you joy? Where are your favorite places in the world? What are your favorite colors? What are your favorite books and films? Who are your favorite actresses, musicians, and bloggers? Who inspires you? Answering these questions are just as important as assessing your closet. Sometimes collecting images of your favorite things on an inspiration board (check out our Pinterest) can be incredibly helpful in defining your personal style.

Be Yourself

As Oscar Wilde famously said, “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Just because the latest issue of a fashion magazine is touting twenty new must-have celebrity styles doesn’t mean you have to chase them all down to feel stylish. True style comes from being authentic, not from a list of trends. Your best bet is to pick and choose a few updates to your wardrobe every season that truly feel like you.

Be Comfortable

Being in your comfort zone means more than just how clothing feels on your body. What clothes make you feel the happiest and most confident when you step out the door? Everyone has a few go-to outfits or clothing pieces that make them feel comfortable in their skin. Explore variations on these favorites in new colors and fabrics. How you wear clothing is just as important as what you’re wearing.

Be Honest

Regardless of trends, what colors truly flatter your complexion? What silhouettes truly flatter your body? Are you a gold or silver person? Do you look great in a dress or do you look best in pants and tunics? Explore shades and silhouettes that flatter you the most.

Be Adventurous

Don’t be afraid to play with new styles, colors, fabrics, and silhouettes. It’s the best way to find your personal style — and it doesn’t have to break the bank. You can experiment with accessories, jewelry, and footwear each season to help fine-tune your look without overhauling your wardrobe (which can cost a fortune). When in doubt, take your cue from the fashionable French: invest in quality rather than quantity. Pick a statement scarf or necklace and keep the rest of the outfit chic and simple.

Where to start?

Our collection is continuously cultivated from our inspirations, travels, joys, and appreciation of elegant, timeless-yet-modern style. We have collectively spent decades experimenting with what works, what flatters, what fits, and what looks simply fabulous. While no two people will ever have the same style journey, we think that our collection will inspire you down a path of personal style that’s all your own.