How To Update Your Style
A wise Greek philosopher once said, “change is the only constant” or something along those lines. And when it comes to our personal style, it’s absolutely true. Sometimes, the change comes from necessity, like moving to a new climate, finishing school, and landing a corporate job. Or perhaps you’ve just outgrown your current style and feel it no longer represents who you are or reflects the stage of life you’re in. Whatever your reasons may be, it’s the perfect time to update your style and revamp your wardrobe to reflect who you are.
How To Update Your Style
Lately, I’ve been working on upgrading my wardrobe and switching up my style. And not in any drastic way either. Because most of my time was spent inside, or at the park with a toddler, comfort was the defining factor in what I chose to wear each day. For the most part, I’m entirely over it. I say for the most part because I still want to be comfortable. Now that I’m working more, as well as going out and socializing again, I feel it’s time to update my closet to better reflect my style. If you’re looking to do the same, here are some tips to effortlessly update your personal style.
Create A Mood Board
If you already know exactly what your new style looks like, great! And if not, think of a few key elements that you want to incorporate or celebrities who’s style you love and start there. Pinterest is a great place to start pulling inspiration from, and as you start finding more photos that resonate with you, you’ll get a better idea of what style you’re trying to achieve. You can create mood boards for favorite color palates, shoes, accessories, hair, makeup inspo, and just about everything else. Once you are done you’ll have an idea of what new clothes you need to buy to create your new style.
Sort Through Your Wardrobe
Before hopping online or heading out to shop, it’s a good idea to first sort through your closet and see what you already own that fits your new aesthetic. It’s easy to forget about some pieces that may be tucked away in the back of the closest. And this will help ensure you don’t buy anything similar to what you already own.
This is also a good time to clean out your closet of any clothes you won’t be wearing anymore. Not only will this make room in your closet for your new threads, but if you resell your clothes on Poshmark or Depop, you can earn some extra cash for shopping. And if you don’t have time for that, donate to your local Salvation Army or local charity. You can also read the post I wrote on How To Maximize Your Wardrobe.
Gradually Add New Items
Gradually incorporating new elements into your daily lool will help you with several things. For starters, you don’t want to show up looking like a whole new person (depending on how drastically you’re updating your style). Unless of course, that’s exactly what you’re trying to do. Taking time also allows you to find pieces you truly love and will want to wear for a long time. And lastly allowing your style to slowly evolve will help you be comfortable and confident in your new appearance.
And don’t think you have to spend a lot of money or break the bank on a style overhaul. With so many second-hand stores and websites, you can easily find what you’re looking for at a fraction of the new price. Not to mention that just about every splurge item out there has a way less expensive “steal” option available.
Update Your Shoe Game
The foundation of every outfit is literally and figuratively the shoes. If there is only one thing you wanted to upgrade in your closet, shoes will give you the most bang for your buck. The exact same outfit can look casual with sneakers, or dressy with heels. In fact, most of my outfits are planned around what type of shoe I want to wear that day. I personally love heels, but because of a bum knee and a bad back, 4-inch stilettos and I rarely get along. Which is where kitten heels come in. They allow me to feel put together and sexy, but still comfortable. The point is, if there’s a style that you like, find a way to make it work for you.
Accessories are another way to change the vibe of an outfit. You can layer necklaces, bracelets, and earrings for looks that are classy to bohemian. Sunglasses can make you sporty or posh. It’s really quite amazing how such small items can entirely change the vibe of an outfit. So look for accessories that match the new aesthetic your trying to create.
Update Your Makeup
If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to makeup, Pinterest is again a great place to look for inspiration. Then head over to Youtube and watch tutorials on how to create whatever look you are trying to achieve.
Switch Up Your Hair
Another easy way to make a big change is to switch up your hair. Of course, this can be something drastic, or maybe something more subtle. My only advice when it comes to making a drastic change would be to really trust your hairdresser and to be aware of how much time a new hairstyle may require to keep it looking its best.