Gwynnie Be asked me to style this Rachel Roy cape blazer, along with two other amazing influencers, for their 1 style 3 ways challenge. It got me thinking about my personal style and the lessons I've learned over the years in developing it. Whether you're starting afresh or looking to rejuvenate your wardrobe, here are five tips that I think are helpful in developing your personal style. Keep in mind that it is a journey not a destination. Feel free to share your thoughts on instagram or twitter with me @onacurve.
Try New Things
My style is always evolving because I'm always willing to try new things. What's the worst that could happen? If I like it I adopt it, and if I don't I let it go. After all, our faves like Rihanna and Solange shows us that developing a signature style doesn't mean wearing the same thing over and over again, it’s more about pushing the boundaries and being creative with your choices.
Clear The Closet
If you're anything like me, this tip is easier said than done. It can be hard to let go of pieces that have been hanging in your closet for years. I have things I’ve worn once or never! This month I committed to clearing out my closet, and although it’s been a process, it’s going quite well. (I’ll keep you updated). Hang on to those key pieces that you find yourself wearing all the time - restyle them in different ways to give them new life.
Whenever I have a particular look or occasion in mind, I like to get inspired by other stylish people. I visit my favorite blogs, browse through good-old tumblr, and more recently I’ve started creating mood-boards on instagram through the “collections feature” Check out a few of my faves below.
Shop New Stores
In order to rejuvenate your style, you've got to get out of your comfort zone. Trying new things and shopping at new stores go hand-in-hand. In this day and age, there are so many options. While the industry has a long way to go in being inclusive of all sizes, there are amazing plus size boutiques opening up, independent designers launching, and established designers expanding their range to include plus sizes.
This jacket is definitely a statement piece, so I created a statement look that is still effortless and simple to recreate. I paired the cape with a trendy velvet tee, a flowy midi skirt, suede boots, and sparkly silver accessories.Try this Rachel Roy Cape with a 30 day Gwynnie Be membership trial - CLICK HERE
Last but not least, confidence is key. I know you've probably heard this a thousand times, but it is true. In developing your personal style, confidence is half the battle. It is something you have to practice daily with each look, with each outfit. Whether you're in an expensive gown or jeans and a tee, the way you feel plays a huge part in how you look.
This blog post is sponsored by Gwynnie Be, all opinions are my own.
Photographed by Victoria Walton