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Personal Style: 5 Step Guide to Styling Outfits

Feeling stuck in a style rut? Well then, there are 5 questions you should be asking yourself to help you embrace your personal style, by Rosa Fairfield.

Photographs by Linda Smith

Whenever I tell someone I'm a style blogger, half of the time that person's next question is: what clothes should I wear or what will look good on me? Well, I really can't answer either of those questions because I believe personal style is... well, personal. It has to be an expression of whoever you are or what you feel at any given moment... and that's not really about 'looking good'.

What I can do is give you some questions that you can ask yourself when you're trying to put together an outfit, to help you figure that out.

Who do I want to be today?
The easiest way to put together an outfit that has a certain vibe is to pick out a character to base it on. It also allows you to adapt your style, to keep moving forward and creating new and interesting things. One day you could be a moody punk rock kid and the next a pretty princess. Please note, I'm not actually saying you should pretend to be these characters in real life... I'm just giving you some outfit inspiration here. Also note, every character should be a version of yourself.

What are my current circumstances?
Okay, so this is a pretty obvious one. If it's cold outside, wear a coat... if you're doing to work, don't wear a swimsuit (unless you're some kinda lifeguard, I guess). So, yep, have fun with your outfits but within reason, reasonable fun.

What fits together?
There's no rule really about what does and what doesn't work together. Sometimes, two things by all the rules of styling shouldn't work but they just do. It's about having a visual eye and just knowing what will fit, trust your instincts and don't overthink it. If you're not a 100% sure, try mixing and matching a couple of different things, try them on and pick what you like best.

How do I break out of my comfort zone?
Comfort zones and meant to be broken out of. Constantly playing it safe can make you bored after a while. Challenge yourself. If you see something you wouldn't normally wear but you like it, then try it out. You might be pleasantly surprised.

Wouldn't it be nice to eat some waffles right now?
Some researchers carried out a study, published in Nature Neuroscience (2009) that showed we take in new information better when we're distracted. I've personally always found that my best ideas come to me when I'm focused on another task and if I'm trying to think of an idea, I never can. So, don't spend hours in front of your closet deciding what to wear. Do a different task and let your mind drift, you may land on a great outfit idea.

So, that's that. I hope you found my random thoughts in some way helpful. Can you think of anymore questions to add to my list? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comment section bellow. Thanks so much for reading.

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