Finding Your Personal Style

Spinnaker Style is a weekly column created to give students an insight into the college fashion world, providing tips, tricks and all things stylish.

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Personal style goes well beyond wearing a cute outfit. Finding your own sense of style not only helps boost your confidence, but allows you to feel beautiful in your own skin.

Here are some tips to help you find a sense of style that’s all your own.

Seek Inspiration

If you’re a true fashionista at heart, it’s easy for you to find clothes that you think look good on you. For those that need a little extra help, finding a style icon is your best bet. Stalk your favorite style celebs on social media and draw inspiration from their looks. Mix and match with different styles, and add your own personal touch to it. Create an inspiration board on Pinterest and save some pictures that you can go back to from time to time. Remember: inspiration is not the same as imitation. Don’t just copy someone’s style, add your own twist to it.

Play Up Your Strengths

Is there a particular part of your body that you love? What’s something that people compliment you on? Wearing clothes that play up your best assets is always stylish. It’s important to focus on how clothes make you feel, not the size on a tag nobody sees. It’s obviously important to know what size you wear, but take into consideration that sizes are different at every store you go to. Don’t base your style purchases solely on size. Choose the clothes that make you feel confident and beautiful.

Choose a Signature Piece

A signature piece can be anything from a monogram necklace to a particular pattern that you love. A signature piece is something you can always count on to make you feel good. You can think small, like a watch or a pair of sunglasses, or you can think big, like a printed coat or an oversized bag. My signature pieces are a sparkly gold watch and striped tees.

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