5 fundamentals to polish your style


As a follow up to my talk on fashion and style last Saturday, I decided to create a series of posts that focus on improving and developing personal style. The series will contain practical tips that aim to create a better style with moderate targeted spending rather than the usual “go and buy this and that and you’ll look smoking hot this summer”.

Today’s post is about basics, i.e. where to start. In the following days we’ll be looking in greater detail at each of the below points.

The 5 fundamentals to a great personal style:

1) Personal strengths. Define what are your best features: your legs, hips , face, hands or… maybe brain. But brain you can’t really show, so lets get physical and find that point (feature) you’d like others to view. Write it down (you may wish to start a special electronic document or start a special style diary).

2) Personal Colouring. Define your color palette: by color matching our skin tone we all can be divided into 4 seasonal types: winter, autumn, summer or spring. If you haven’t heard of that theory, I strongly recommend read this article.  before we move on. You need to determine which colour type you are and therefore which colors suits you best. That will be core colors of your wardrobe and makeup.

3) Find source of inspiration: whether it is your favorite blog, magazine or online shopping site, you need to collect at least a few images that represent your desired style. Create your own style board: the easiest way to do that is via Pinterest. Especially if you’re someone creative who spends a lot of time in front of your computer or mobile device, you simply must start using Pinterest.

4) Define your style: Based on the above points (1,2,3) think about where you fall – what style would suit you best – feminine, sport chic, boho or maybe mod? For example, if you have a classic curvy body shape and spring pastels are your colors maybe feminine style will suit you better than say, sport chic. However, if you’re a thin tall, always on the go and hate the idea of clothes restricting your movements, maybe sport chic will be your best choice. Of course, there are always exceptions and it’s also about how you feel inside but still, define it and WRITE it down.

5) Define your must haves: based on your lifestyle and occupation (i.e. professional, student, stay at home mum etc) define pieces that you need in your wardrobe. Pieces that you simply can’t live without. For example, if you’re an accountant a neon print skirt doesn’t count as a ‘need’ item but a classic well fitted suit does. Write down the items that you think you have to own to look great.

What do you think? Please feel free to share your own fashion style fundamentals with us via commenting below.

The second post from this series that details how to determine your colors can be found here.



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  1. Tegan @ Teganias Thoughts September 19, 2012

    Love this!

  2. Questing Jess September 19, 2012

    I’m very interested to follow this discussion – I’m currently trying to work on this very same thing. I’m finding it a bit hard to find inspiration for looking your best as a stay at home mum – creating interesting casual (and practical) outfits on a limited budget is quite the challenge…

  3. rachel September 19, 2012

    these are great tips Maria! looking forward to your next posts in the series :) xx

  4. Ling September 19, 2012

    Great tips Maria x

  5. Alyssa September 20, 2012

    These are things I’ve never actually given a ton of thought to before–thanks for the great tips!


  6. Rosa Banana September 20, 2012

    Great post, so interesting to read.

  7. Antonia-Ivana September 20, 2012

    interesting ideas.. Everyone just becomes so much clearer when you write it down. I learned this at school/university so why not apply it to fashion life? ;)

  8. Catherine @ The Spring September 21, 2012

    Hi Maria! First, let me say how sorry I am about missing your birthday meetup – I was in England and didn’t get the message until after I came back. I hope we can get together soon… and that you had an amazing celebration this year of course!

    I love this post, and I also LOVE the font you used on the graphic message “to polish your style”. Would you mind telling me what font you used, and what program you designed the image in? It looks so great!

    x Catherine @ The Spring

  9. Lydia N. September 26, 2012

    I love how this is laid out. It’s well written and easy to follow. Great advice <3