Consider the demands of your lifestyle
When it comes to finding your personal sense of fashion, think about how you live day-to-day. “Figuring out your personal style can feel like a scary science experiment, but it doesn’t have to be!” says Nicole Gordon, stylist manager of Stitch Fix, a personal shopping service with monthly home delivery. “Your current lifestyle may be the most important factor to keep in mind when considering your personal style. For example, if you’re in the medical field and wear scrubs all day, investing in tailored suits probably won’t make your priority list.” A great way to start developing your personal style is to first pay attention to the demands of your daily life. If you’re constantly traveling for work, seek out the most stylish but comfortable airport attire. If you’re a stay-at-home mom endlessly running errands, your go-to outfits should be cute but very flexible. If you work an office job, try mixing up your usual pants, blouse, and blazer while still remaining professional.
Follow the curves
“Another factor to consider is body shape,” says Gordon. “You may admire a friend’s loose-fitting, menswear-inspired style, but in reality, a more fitted look is what you prefer for yourself. The trick,” she adds, “is figuring out how to incorporate elements of a style you admire into a look that makes you feel comfortable and confident.” Ask yourself: Are there areas of your figure you prefer to downplay or highlight? Your answers will help guide you toward clothing that best accentuates the areas you want it to. (If slimming your silhouette is one of your goals, these sneaky fashion tricks can help you look 10 pounds thinner.)