How to Cultivate Your Style

Fashion is a crucial part of who people are and how they express themselves. Those who think they don’t participate in fashion are simply participating in casual fashion that reflects a casual lifestyle. However, many people strive to use fashion to its fullest in order to cultivate an external appearance that accurately reflects the multifaceted individual below the surface. That being said, it can be tricky to navigate the waters of fashion in order to arrive at your perfect look. Here are some tips to consider when you aim to improve your style.

Diamonds Are Your Best Friend

Accessorizing is an important aspect of fashion, and the first kind of accessory that comes to mind for many is jewelry. Jewelry can really add some flair to a look, so consider adding a heart shaped diamond ring to your look to add a touch of class, as well as a means of literally wearing your heart on your sleeve. You can also dabble in a variety of gemstones that offer different perspectives on your rich inner self, such as your birthstone or a stone of your favorite color. Not all accessories must contain gems, however, so be sure to also consider the value of gold bangles, for example, to add a touch of sophistication to your look. For best results, try using gems sparingly among other accessories. For example, diamonds pair well with gold, so consider the potent imagery of combining  a diamond ring with a suite of gold jewelry.

Color Palettes Are Essential

Color is understood to be an impactful aspect of a look, but people often simplify this to account for one central color while disregarding other colors at play within a look. One great way to improve your style is to incorporate broader, more informed palettes into your outfits. Colors are powerful, but you need to make sure you use that power for good, so to speak. Complementary colors are often paired together, but this can be done poorly, which can create an outfit that clashes. For example, think of the complementary pairing of red and green. You likely imagined the most basic versions of both colors, which is a garrish look outside of the holiday season. A better use of a complementary palette may take other factors into account, such as lightness. Imagine a deep red paired with a lighter emerald green, and you’ll find it much more pleasing to the mind’s eye. By contrasting not only the hue, but also the lightness of your color pairing, you’ve created a more dynamic and appealing combination.

Pay Attention to How You Use Everyday Items

The aforementioned type of person who “doesn’t participate in fashion” typically wears tee shirts and blue jeans, or a comparable ubiquitous item. These items are a sort of default for modern fashion, but they aren’t without merit. For example, one popular fashion trend recently is that of vintage graphic tees. Normcore is actually a style of dress that seeks to take the perceived lack of fashion associated with items like tee shirts and jeans and present them in new and interesting ways. Jeans and leggings both fit into the category of basic, everyday clothing items, but they continue to be used to great effect in the right hands. The same principle applies to the rise in popularity of other “anti-fashion” clothing items like flannel shirts. Any category of clothing can be used well, even if it seems to stand in rigid defiance of the very concept of fashion.

Fashion is a valuable tool in the right hands. It can be difficult at times to parse current trends, especially in terms of how they might be of use to you. However, it’s not as hard as it seems to find the principles behind these trends, and those principles are what will best help you curate your own style. Understanding the “why” of fashion is more important than the “what” in most cases, because there’s no “one size fits all” style. With these tips at your disposal, you’re ready to put current trends into perspective in service of your own fashion journey.