How to Develop a Signature Style
Time Required: Varies
- Take a serious assessment of your overall current style, deciding if you are traditional, modern, fashion-forward, casual, hippie natural, etc.
- Determine what you are trying to accomplish with your signature style: to be more memorable, develop an always chic look or have more fun with fashion.
- Study famous tastemakers and what makes them visually memorable. Many use "props," such as Karl Lagerfeld and his fan or Britney Spears and her belly button.
- Don't hesitate to imitate a look and make it your own, making sure it fits into your current style and personality.
- Decide what you would be most comfortable changing: your hair, wardrobe colors or accessories.
- If you're choosing a striking new hairstyle or color, try the new look in stages to see how it works.
- If you are choosing a bold new wardrobe color, start by incorporating it as a shirt, tie or scarf color to see how well it works for you.
- Relying on accessories -- sunglasses, big pins, bright hosiery or vintage handbags -- is a safe, easy and inexpensive way to start a personalized look.
- Experiment and alter your signature style pieces as you grow more confident.
- Use your signature style to camouflage flaws or draw attention to your best features.
- Try not to cross the fine line between signature style and affectation.
- A signature look can be something as sentimental as a charm bracelet or as breezy as brightly colored pantyhose: just make sure it feels like you and fits your personality and lifestyle.