CHANGING YOUR STYLE

An interesting question that has stuck with me ever since it was asked was “How do you change your style and how do you do it when everyone knows you for wearing a certain style already?”. Pertaining to the latter part of the question I said that the key is to just do it, because people will naturally put us in a box, but only you can take yourself outside of it and define yourself in your own terms. A trick that I have always used, specifically with my hair but also with my style, is to make whatever change I want a couple weeks before school starts, because though I hang out with my friends I still don’t see as many people as I do during the school year. That way, during those few weeks I have the opportunity to see if I like the hairstyle change or style change before I get the feedback from others. By the time school starts I can make whatever tweaks I want and am 100% confident in the choices I made so any negative remarks I receive don’t affect me, though if you are going through this as I have many times you’ll probably notice that you won’t experience any negative feedback. Now this is not to say that if school has started already or you are back from vacation and at work that you should wait to your next vacation. As I said earlier, you should do what you want when you want pertaining to your style choices; Don’t let anyone else write your script (or pick out your clothes) for you.

 

The other aspect relates to the previous part of the question: “How do you change your style?”. I think it is better to change your style over time because then you won’t have to buy as much clothes at once, but if you really want to make a change NOW, then this articles for you. Often changing your style doesn’t mean getting rid of your whole closet and buying $1000 worth of clothes. Instead, it’s about buying the little accessories that elevate an outfit and defines certain styles. The styles I will be going over in this post is Preppy, 90s, Minimalist, and Sporty.

I think Preppy is one of the easiest styles to switch to because it is widely sold at different price points. The main way to accomplish a preppy look is by having solid color jeans (preferably black, blue, or white), a button-down blouse or collared shirt, and flats or simple Ked sneakers. Simple pearl earrings are also popular, along with small diamond necklaces. The main way to achieve preppy style is to stay simple. Everything must have clean lines and cuts.

Top Stores to find Preppy Clothes

Forever 21

Nordstrom

H&M

Old Navy

Instagrammer who embodies this style: @Bowsandsequins

 

Though Ralph Lauren and Sperry are popular brands for preppy style, this style is popular enough where you will easily be able to achieve this style at the stores listed above.

90s fashion, one of my favorite looks right now. I gravitate towards 90s fashion because it is all about having fun. Get a pair of 90s levi jeans (available at thrift stores, goodwills, and ASOS), oversized denim jean jacket, patches and pins to put on that jacket, crop tops, and a 90’s choker ( I got one from Echo ClubHouse) and you’ll be good to go.

Top Stored to find 90s Inspired Clothing

Forever 21

Echo ClubHouse

ASOS

Thrift stores (Red Light District and House of Vintage are great portland thrift stores)

Goodwill

Instagrammer who embodies this style: @iamkareno

The minimalist look is a style that I want to rock but haven’t yet. The key to minimalist clothing is to have simple lines, but even more so paying attention to detail. Jewelry is allowed, but it is normally very simple and never bulky and is gold or silver. If you follow style bloggers on instagram (I love @chroniclesofher_), you’ll also notice that their outfits will be monochromatic, often in white, black, or camel. A favorite of Chronicles of Her is to wear a monochromatic or white, black, camel collection with sneakers, which is why I paired this outfit with the Stan Smiths.

    Top Places to Shop for Minimalist Style

ASOS

Forever 21 (for Basic Culottes)

Finery London

Zara

Thrifting (many minimalist bloggers love pairing culottes with oversized tees)

Topshop

Instagrammer who embodies this style: @chroniclesofher_ and @beigerenegade

Sporty is easy to pull off because most people have a pair of tennis shoes and tees. If you love wearing tees and sweats I challenge you to upgrade your outfit by pairing your tee with a nice pair of jeans, like the boyfriend jeans shown here, and a bomber jacket, which are on trend right now and can be found anywhere. 

Top Places to Shop for Sporty Clothing

Nike

Adidas

ASOS and Forever 21 (Have a wide range of bomber jackets and athleisure)

Thrifting (why pay $15 bucks for a tee when you can get one at goodwill for $2?)

Instagrammer who embodies this style: @sportstylist

 


 

I hope you enjoyed this post! Obviously it doesn’t encompass every style there is or every store you can find these styles, but I hope it is a starting point for those considering a style change. Also remember that the best outfits are often the ones that incorporate many styles; Have fun with what you wear! Let me know by commenting below what your favorite style is, and if you are changing your style how that is going for you! Follow me on polyvore @sixthdraft for more looks and to shop the items I showed here!

 

-S.D.