Recently Bevin and I were chatting about how to develop and then express your personal style. She made me think about all the people I’ve heard that same question from and I thought this will make a perfect blog post! Below find my step by step guide to developing your style and watch as Bevin plays along.
- Find a style icon: pick a celebrity (or a friend!) whose style you really love. Think about why you love his or her style. Maybe he or she looks like they’ve stepped out of a J.Crew catalog or maybe they have a bohemian flair you envy. Bevin chose two perfect ladies: Taylor Swift and Zooey Deschanel. When describing why she loves their style Bevin said, “They both have a retro-inspired contemporary style that is feminine yet unique and eclectic.” Perfect start!
2. Put a name to it: whether it’s modern punk or sporty casual, put a label or a name on the type of style you like and want to emulate for yourself. This will help when you’re buying things or putting an outfit together. If you’ve done the work from step 1, this should come easily. Bevin labeled her style goal: Contemporary Feminine.
3. Color and Silhouette: now that you’ve put a name and inspiration to your style think about the colors and silhouettes that work (or don’t) with that vibe. By working within a certain color palette and silhouette, your style will begin to become more cohesive. Bevin related this step to her contemporary feminine style, “The elements I’m most drawn to are midi-length skirts/dresses, statement prints, matching sets, and silhouettes with fitted bodices and full skirts.” Additionally we looked at the trending colors from her pinterest board and were able to see a pattern of navy, blush and a heavy use of stripes with red and hot pink accents.
4. Start the work: clean out your closet of what you aren’t wearing or doesn’t fit your new style. If you’re new style is based on a monochromatic color palette, donate those bright colored shirts you own. We looked through Bevin’s closet and could point to a few pieces that were not within her contemporary feminine look. While we liked both of these dresses, we felt the silhouette and pattern of the dresses didn’t quite fit in with Bevin’s style goals.
5. Don’t forget the accessories: you’re almost there! Shoes, jewelry, scarves AND your hair and makeup all are a part of how you are expressing your personal style. You don’t want to ignore these final touches because they will truly complete your look. Below Bevin and I took a look at some of her great pieces and how we could incorporate them.
6. Last of all: keep your lifestyle in mind: Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t quite fully mimic your style icon. If you’re a busy mom but love Gwen Stefani’s look, don’t stress when you don’t have bright red lipstick on every moment or prefer to keep your midsection covered. Look to other ways you can add some of her flair to your daily life: think of her camo pants or black and red tops. Bevin hit the nail on the head when she was talking about this, “Taylor tends to wear very high heels that are not practical for..anyone, but especially not if you work from home and live in the cobblestone capital of the South. I would also love to accessorize using my cat like Taylor does, but I don’t think she would appreciate it.” You need to balance your style goal with your life!
Below we show Bevin in three looks that we feel best define her new style: contemporary feminine. All of these pieces we pulled together right from Bevin’s own closet.
Written by Kara Speckhals for Paprika Southern / Photographed by Siobhan Egan