Hello and welcome to my very first blog post! I am Jaime, happily married to my college sweetheart and Mom to two awesome boys who are 9 months apart. Maybe someday I’ll explain how that works!
I have entire notebooks filled with ideas for potential blogs posts, especially the scary first post. I agonized for way too long about what to write this very first time, you know… the post that will live here forever as my very first entry... so I just started typing away (with my fingers trembling) and decided on...What Is Personal Style? Is it just fashion? Is it about following trends? Do you have a personal style?
I’ll start by saying that personal style and fashion are two different things. And unless you’re a stylist, you may not know there’s a difference between a career as a Fashion Stylist and one as a Personal Stylist but there is.
I don’t find myself using the word “fashion” a whole lot with my clients because to me it has vibes of being elusive, over-the-top, maybe a little impractical at times. I mean, I do love to “talk fashion” and pour over fashion magazines but it doesn’t feel very relatable does it? The fashion world, to regular ladies like you and me, is more like inspiration and escapism... nothing wrong with that! Fashion week to me feels like a glorious circus full of clothing and shoes we’d never wear in our own towns or with our lifestyles, and if someone invited me to attend… I’d run there in a heartbeat!
But all of that doesn’t translate well into the average woman’s closet, does it? Hey, if you’d like me to help you style a pair of pricey Christian Louboutin spiked heels or an amazingly unique and over-the-top feather hat, I’ll be happy to do it! As long as it’s true to you. But mostly “fashion” to me is fun. It’s fantasy, it’s expressive, it can even be inspiring… more like an art form. But personal style is all of that fun and all of that inspiration translated into your closet. It’s pulling together the inspiration, knowing what you like, and knowing which pieces make you feel confident and beautiful in your particular lifestyle.
Personal style is simply a distinctive appearance. That’s it! But it should be true to you, not developed solely from a fashion blogger or a “Top 10 Wardrobe Must Haves” list from a woman who has never even interacted with you. This distinctive appearance can be laid-back or glamorous, preppy or feminine or edgy and so on. But how do you find yours?
When you are drawn to something you see on another woman, in a magazine, or on Pinterest, listen to that voice. In order to develop your signature style, you have to pay attention to what catches your eye. Pay attention to which of your wardrobe pieces make you feel great and which pieces drag you down. Check and see what recurring themes turn up on your style Pinterest board. Do you frequently admire the style of a notable person or celebrity? These are the hints you want to notice.
And the last point I want you to know is that good personal style is for every age and every body type.
It’s not only for cool LA chicks or edgy NY babes, it’s not only for fashion bloggers or people with big budgets. Personal style is for everyone and it’s about knowing what looks good on you and feeling confident about it. It means knowing how to create a flattering outfit that reflects you truly; your personality, your lifestyle, and your goals. Take a look at your daily routine and what’s in your closet. Does it reflect your desires, your taste, your aspirations?
Like it or not, clothing sends a message about us into the world… plus we kinda have to wear it.
So you might as well have a wardrobe that makes you feel great. Once you really know your personal style, you’ll shop with a purpose and bring home only clothes you love. Your closet will be truly you.
Don’t think you have a Personal Style? Want to change your current style? I can help. Don’t know where to start? Reach out and I will help you find it. I’m just an email away. You can read more on my About page and learn about what Personal Style is here.
Thanks for reading! Xo, Jaime