Don’t you hate it when you see someone else wearing the exact same outfit as you? It’s even worse when you’re friends, and you show up to a party in the same top. That’s the perils of high street shopping. Every town has the same shops, and the same range of clothes. In fact, it’s a wonder it doesn’t happen more often. It happened to me earlier this year, and I vowed never to let it happen again! Since then, I’ve been on a mission to personalise my style. That way, there’s no danger of bumping into someone with that same Zara top.
At first, I didn’t really know where to start. I’ve always stuck to the high street shops, and I felt a little trapped. But, as soon as I began to scour the internet, I found tons of resources to help find a unique style. I felt like someone had taken a blindfold off, and I was introduced to hundreds of new options. I hope this article will help you do the same. Without further ado, here are some of my favourite ways to personalise my style. Hands off!
- Vintage shops and charity stores
I was always a little reluctant to step foot in the local vintage stores. I didn’t think I had what it takes to pull off the quirkier style. But, the truth is, everyone can. All it takes is a good eye to find something that suits you. I’m lucky enough to have a vintage market just around the corner from my house. I’m spoilt for choice when it comes to that boho chic look. It’s always individual, and always stylish. If you don’t have a vintage shop closeby, try a local charity store. It’s not always easy to find something, but you might surprise yourself.
When it comes to personalising your style, accessories are your golden rule. You can even wear those same old Zara jeans and top. But, if you choose the right accessories, it will feel like a whole new outfit. Try it with a fedora hat to draw attention, and add that extra style. Use a variety of belts to give your jeans a different look every time. Changing your shoes can give your favourite skirt a completely new feel too. Get creative with jewellery, decorate your lapels, and try a new clutch. The accessories define the style, so use them wisely.
- Create your own
I know, I know. I was reluctant here too. But, it’s easier than you think, and it’s dangerously addictive once you get started. I’m no seamstress, but I work with what I’ve got to personalise my wardrobe. My first piece of advice is find a good t shirt printing website. Now, all you need is a plain T, and a little imagination. You can print your t shirts with any style or icon you like. You can stitch new designs and fabrics onto your jumpers or t shirts too. Why not cut your jeans into three-quarter lengths, or dye them a whole new colour? Get creative here; there are no limits or rules!
- Go online
If you thought you were limited to the high street, you’re wrong. Oh, so wrong! Since widening my horizons, I have discovered a wealth of amazing online boutiques. There are so many wonderful fledgling designers and boutique stores out there. Each have their unique style and tastes. All you have to do is find the one that connects with you, and put in an order! I spent hours searching Etsy, Instagram, and Pinterest for bespoke shops with small ranges. You can guarantee no-one else in your friendship group will find them.
- Change your hair
I quickly learnt that jeans and a blouse are not the centrepiece of your style. They’re not even close. I’ve already talked about how accessories define the style. Well, you can also change your hair for a big effect. When it comes to personal style, it’s all about nailing three or four looks that define you. I have three main hairstyles that I change up depending on the occasion. For example, my favourite summer dress looks completely different when I change my hair. Worn down, it’s playful and summery. Worn up in a plaits, it’s elegant and sophisticated. That’s two easy styles, without changing a single piece of clothing.
As you can see, you don’t have to follow the crowd! Avoid the high street, and start hunting out unique, personal items that define you. I did, and I’ve never looked back.