First impressions matter more than most of us would like to admit, and the clothes we wear - and how we wear them - can have a big effect on how other people view us. I'm sure we all know at least one person with a fabulous sense of style and it's tempting to think that perhaps that's something they were born with. Thankfully, that's not the case. Anyone can develop a great signature style that will showcase all their best qualities, help hide any flaws, and fill them with confidence for years to come.
Know the look you want.
Your signature style has to fit with your personality and the impression that you want to give to others. Taking the time to think about the types of clothes that fit with your job and lifestyle is very important. You need to have an idea of how you want your wardrobe to express your values and also what it will say about you to others. It's often helpful to get inspiration from your favourite celebrities. By collecting together images of outfits that you love on other people, you will begin to see shapes and styles that you naturally gravitate towards.
Find styles that suit you.
Knowing the clothes that look best on your body is incredibly important when developing a signature style. Choosing the right cuts, fabrics and colors will enable you to enhance your best bits and draw attention away from any areas you're less happy with. Make sure you choose clothes that fit your body shape, and work with your skin tone and hair style.
Don't be distracted by current fashions.
It's easy to think that we have to keep up with all the latest trends, but a personal style is more about developing a timeless look that suits you well and will never look out of place. You can keep your outfits looking up to date by adding accessories or the occasional new piece, but don't be tempted to switch up your wardrobe whenever a new look comes in. Remember that a signature style is about wearing clothes that you love and that make you look great - whether they're popular with other people or not.
Streamline your wardrobe.
A great way to start developing your own style is to sort through all the clothes you currently own. Think about the pieces that you wear a lot and that you feel great in. What is it about them that you love? If there are clothes you hardly ever wear, it might be time to get rid of them. Your closet should only contain items that complement your body, and each other. A great advantage of having a signature style is being able to mix and match - by buying clothes with a consistent image in mind you're able to create multiple outfits by using different pieces together or just switching up accessories.
Always remember that your signature style is about the way you feel as well as you way you look. Make sure that your style stays true to who you are and that you always wear clothes that you feel comfortable in.