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Tee's (Not So) Instant Guide to Finding Your Personal Style II

Well, I did promise that this would come in good time. So, yes, I'd like a cookie. Thank you!

I'll try to keep this one short. If you read the prequel, here, I'd like to think that you found a style template that describes you. If you didn't, don't panic. That's why we're here.

Style is personal. When you think about it, there really are no rules. It is not about trying to be like someone else; taller or curvier or any of that. It is simply taking all that you have and portraying it in the best possible light.

I know this is a lot more daunting than I have made it sound so here are a few ways to actually define your personal style and well, keep it refreshing.

Understand Your Body; Absolutely important. So important that I dedicated an entire post to it here. Understanding your body and dressing for body type is a tenet that we absolutely cannot compromise on. You want to know what your best and worst features are so you can dress to accentuate or camouflage them.

Once you have mastered this, you'll find yourself buying only what suits you, developing a pattern and generally just being more confident.

Find a Style Icon/Inspiration; Look up people who inspire you. They don't have to be famous. Go on their Instagram pages and soak up their style and what makes them stand out. You'd realize that this will have you putting together outfits in your head. Build a scrap book fro your ideas and more often than not, you will see a pattern emerge.

Know Your Favorite/Most Flattering Colors; Knowing and shopping around your favorite colors is helpful because it'll get you excited. Restricting your new buys to just your favorite colors and colors that complement your skin tone will also help you curb impulse buying.

Be Critical of Your Wardrobe; Actually, be very critical of your wardrobe. This is key so I'm going to spend the most time on it.

I would advise creating a capsule wardrobe. You don't necessarily have to shop for new outfits to carry out this task. Just focus on decluttering and arranging your wardrobe around only the pieces that you wear. You'd want to ask yourself questions like;

  • What garments do I really like?
  • What garments make me happy?
  • What garments do I feel the most confident in?
  • What pieces do I have the most of and why?
Keep these outfits and toss out everything else that didn't get a nod.

Even if it is this season's must-have or you spent a week's salary on it, if it doesn't look good on you now, it shouldn't be there. Be absolutely ruthless.

Now that you have cleared your wardrobe, you want to shop smart. To keep it simple, you can classify your shopping list under; Bare bones (essentials), drama pieces and finishing touches.

For bare bones, you want to invest in staples that go with everything and never go out of style. A little black dress, a classic white button-down shirt, a pair of flattering jeans, ballet flats and  a pair of high-heeled pumps.

After bare bones, you can afford to splurge on drama pieces. You can consider trends but don't let them be your drive. Think of pieces that you really like and would wear often but aren't ordinary. 

Finally, finishing touches. Basics and drama will take you so far, but accessories maketh a woman. Whatever you think is all the way extra, do it here. Remember, you have to really like it.

In all these, I would advise that you keep the following in mind;
  • Buy the right sizes. Don't buy a smaller size because you plan to lose weight and fit into it.
  • If you're not gong to wear them or you don't need them, don't buy them.
  • Do not let trends dictate what you buy. Absolutely not. Remember trends come and go.

Your wardrobe should contain only amazing pieces- it is a lot easier to be inspired when you see twenty nice pieces that when you see fifty not-so-nice ones. Aim to wake up in the morning ad actually feel like going out because you can't wait to get dressed.

You don't have to be perfect, however. Just look like how you live, how you have fun and let your hair down.

I hope you learnt a thing or two. What other guides to finding your personal style do you have? Do share with us in the comment section.

Until Next Time,
It's Tee

Iluustrations by Justin Irabor (The Vunderkind)


  1. So much to take in. Your tips are so good I'm definitely taking notes. Especially the comfortability tip nd discovering the dresses that make ne happy.πŸ‘πŸ‘ nicely doneπŸ™Œ Also this is my first tine here✨✨


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