I have not always been a style expert… if you can even call me that now. Trust me when I say that I made my fair share of fashion mistakes over the years but my biggest fashion mistake of all was not defining my personal style until I was well into my twenties. (And by well into my twenties, I mean like the last year or so).
In middle school I was a total tomboy, in high school I was super preppy, and in college? Totally a hipster. Seriously, sometimes I look back at my old Instagram pictures and cringe at the way my style was all over the place. Not only was this totally confusing to myself and everyone around me, it also cost a fortune because I was constantly switching things up and never getting rid of anything. I was broke and had a closet that was bursting at the seams!
I ran a poll a while back on Twitter about what y’all wanted to see more of and I got a resounding cry for more fashion related posts so here is the first in what I hope to be many more to come! To me, fashion is an outward expression of who you are. That’s why I will never, ever, tell you what you should and shouldn’t wear. We all like different things! I will, however, do my best to give you super easy-peasy, actionable steps to help you define your personal style, starting with Fall 2017! (PS: I hope it totally feels like fall where you are because it sure doesn’t here in New York yet).
The Signature Graphic Tee
Adding a signature graphic tee to your wardrobe is probably one of the easiest ways to define your personal style. Outfits that feature graphic tees definitely tell the world a little bit more about your personality and even where you’re from. This is totally not sponsored by Lost Appalachia Trading Company in any way, but I love their brand so much that I just had to share. I knew the minute I saw this t-shirt that it would be the perfect addition to my fall 2017 wardrobe. It’s a neutral color, which we’ll talk about in a little bit, and y’all know I love repping West Virginia whenever I get the chance. There are so many different ways you can style a graphic tee, from layering it with a chunky sweater like I have here, to pairing it with a girly skirt and a denim jacket. The possibilities are truly endless making the signature graphic tee a workhorse in your wardrobe. You can see more graphic tee shirt outfit ideas by following this Pinterest board where I keep all of my style inspiration!
The Staple Layering Piece
Fall and winter fashion is all about layering so another great way to define your personal style for fall is to choose a staple layering piece. This can be anything from a chunky sweater like I’m wearing here to a statement leather jacket or blazer. I’m a huge fan of these J. Crew sweater blazers which add a touch of sophistication to any outfit, even a basic graphic tee and jeans!
Your Go-To Denim
If you’re looking to really ramp up your style, consider investing in a pair of quality jeans. Investing in quality denim will instantly increase the look of any outfit by making it appear to be more expensive. Just because denim is quality, doesn’t mean it has to be pricey! My go to jeans lately have been from LOFT and they are regularly doing sales making their jeans way more affordable. Add some personality to your jeans by going for a more trendy detail, such as the unfinished hem and ankle cut out of this pair!
Create a “Uniform”
We’ve all seen the funny memes about “Han Solo season” or whatever the patriarchy is calling the legging, boots, and a vest phenomenon these days. While the Han Solo get up might not be your style, creating a go to “Uniform” for the fall and winter is a great way to define your personal style. A uniform can be created using basic pieces and adding accessories, or even using the pieces we’ve talked about here, like a signature graphic tee and statement jacket or blazer. A uniform should be something you always feel confident in, no matter what kind of a day you’re having.
What piece defines your personal style for Fall 2017?
I’d love to hear what else you all do in order to define your personal style. I love exploring my own personal style through these types of posts so don’t be shy, shout out your own thoughts in the comments!