The following is a guest post from Okonkwo Azubuike. He love writing and fashion, mostly for himself but sometimes for other people!
Style traditionally refers to the art of self-expression with what you wear. For most, it is a unique identity or a manner with which one may arrange his/her appearance.
It is often used interchangeably with ‘fashion,’ but style is personal, an art of organizing one's appearance. It represents a person, their opinions, their sense of identity. Style is a beautiful blend of how you dress, move, talk, think, and live, what you like and where you come from.
According to Rachel Zoe, a renowned American fashion designer, businesswoman, and writer.
"Style is a way to talk without having to speak."
Style is about understanding yourself, and it evolves along with you. It is eternal; without ends.
What’s my style?
To get to know what style matches you best, you must first understand your body; type and shape.
Like Hubert De Givenchy wrote,
"The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress.”
1. Unique body shape
There are quite a number of body shapes, from pear to apple, hourglass, lean column, and inverted angle body shapes. Even amongst these categories, bodies fall across a spectrum of shapes and sizes.
With recent developments in technology such as augmented reality, you may now virtually try-on clothing to visualize your style. In other words, you can now try before you buy and see the clothes on yourself without driving to the mall and facing the stink eye of the store attendant impatiently awaiting your decision amongst six dresses, or putting down a huge order online and returning all but one item after trying on and rejecting all the others 😊
Because part of style is comfort, understanding your body size/shape will help you choose clothes that will accentuate your best features, hence, boosting your self-confidence. Develop that understanding by trying different silhouettes!
2. Personality fit
To fully understand what style matches you best is to study and understand your personality. Your style of dressing tells your stories; how you think, talk, feel, your lifestyle and values. Your appearance sends messages. It speaks for and about you long before you begin to talk. It is in itself a form of expression.
Understanding what non-verbal cues you intend to project, will go a long way in aiding your future shopping sprees and how individuals address you. After all, human judgment has become an issue of perception and not one of reality.
3. Colors matter
The final way to effectively cap your overall style is to know your colors. What colors speak to you, express your uniqueness and make you feel and look at yourself?
Colors evoke emotions and allow a peep into your personality. The colors you wear can tell others that you are calm, seeking attention, or anything between.
While humans interpret colors differently, it is important to choose a color that blends with your skin and makes you feel like yourself.
Traditionally, contrasting fair skin with darker tones (and vice versa) works as a stunning eye-catcher. However, style can be more nuanced than simple rules, so you may want to try out more varieties to get a direct feeling for what works best for you.
Style should be personal, and most of all, fun. If clothing was solely about utility, then we’d all be wearing the same clothes every day! If your style is personal and fun then you’ll build confidence where you cannot go wrong!
Build your style, it is your signature!