Fashion Trends vs Personal Style: Carving Your Own Identity

If only there was a secret formula that could guarantee you a good outfit. Well, according to science, there very well could be.

Each and every trend you see from Saint Laurent to Sportsgirl has been carefully thought out months or even years before the items are hanging in our closets.

But how can the modern woman look good in anything she chooses, and refrain from purchasing items every few weeks, until they’re deemed untrendy again?

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How are trends determined?

Trend forecasters usually sit at the top of the fashion food chain and generally dictate the ‘trends’ of the season. Whether it’s flared trousers or bermuda shorts, these trends are then passed onto designers, published in magazines, worn by celebrities, and finally sold in the high-street.

How can I build my own personal style?

Proportions: Keeping an outfit looking symmetrical and even is almost guaranteed to make it look better. Some follow the chest and legs rule (pick one to show off, never both), and others prefer to throw on a boxy, boyfriend blazer to bring some structure to an outfit. Either way you look at it, there are certain pieces which help to refine the overall look of an outfit.

Dress for your body: The thing that sets us apart (and also brings us together) is the fact that out body types differ. You might have a larger bust, your best friend might have larger hips and the same item will look completely different on the two of you.

And although buying online can be mighty tempting (especially if there’s a sale and you’re surfing the internet with a glass of wine in one hand), then there is no denying that your credit card will be doing some serious damage.

Be aware of your measurements and take photographs of the items you do try on in-store. This will help you create a better idea of the outfit, rather than buying it simply because you have the means.

It’s all in your head: One of the main ways to look good in any outfit, is to have a positive outlook about it. Have you ever seen anyone looking positively miserable in an expensive outfit? Of course.

That is the same reason that some people look good in a $12 shirt from Kmart. Feeling comfortable in your clothes will 100% guarantee that your outfit will shine through – it’s all about good self confidence!

How can I save money on clothes each season?

Longterm monetary solution: The French wardrobe

We’ve probably mentioned the French wardrobe before, but it’s more than just looking like a stylish Voguette in the streets of Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

Modern French women typically invest in 4-5 versatile pieces each season, and incorporate this into the main structure of their wardrobe. Why? It minimises the amount of money we all spend on trendy pieces that are worn once and then banished to the back of the closet. Stick to a colour scheme, avoid overly trendy pieces, and really work these items into your wardrobe over a period of 1-2 years.

This way, your wardrobe isn’t so much determined by fickle trends, but by a strong, true style which comes out of carefully selected pieces which innately represent you.

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March 23, 2015

Style Overhaul: How To Minimise Your Wardrobe

A far cry from an episode of Hoarders, can you remember the last time you conducted a thorough wardrobe clean out? I recently trolled through my floordrobe since a change of seasons seemed like the perfect time to dissect the clothes I accumulated over the years, and finally let some of it go. There is a reason why buying clothes is therapeutic, the same reason it feels so good letting them go.

The one-year rule

The golden rule to live by if you’re hoarding a piece of clothing away for a rainy day: Have you worn it in more than a year? If you’ve nodded yes, the item may stay. Research shows that clothes we don’t wear for more than a year will never find their way out of that closet. The style may not be trendy, size may not fit, but it’s time to get rid of it.

Too small?

Everyone is guilty of saving something in hopes they might squeeze into it again someday. A very rational reason to hold onto something for so long, but if you’re in desperate need of closet space, you are willing to let it go. Just think of how many other clothes you can buy in it’s place, that will actually suit your body instead of collecting dust.

More clothes, more selection

Did you know that the average person only wears 20% of their wardrobe regularly? Having a plethora of clothes to choose from doesn’t always mean one intends to wear every single piece of it. Try to minimise your wardrobe by discarding clothes that work within your style.

The French wardrobe

Invest in clothes that can remain timeless through the many trends that rise and fall throughout the years. There is a reason French women own some flawless style such as former Paris Vogue Editor Carine Roitfeld, and that comes down to the five piece wardrobe. This mostly minimalist style focuses on classic pieces, an unlimited amount of basics for all seasons, and shoes. Every season you are only allowed five statement pieces used to update your look, and keep it somewhat modern.

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By Felicia Sapountzis

May 2, 2014

10 Items You Need For A Trans-Seasonal Wardrobe

Although most of us love a good sale as an excuse to grab a bargain or two, how often do we actually use these items in our wardrobe, then complain of having nothing to wear every time the seasons change? Taking inspiration from The French Wardrobe, the objective is to greatly simplify your wardrobe to just five staple items which serve as a base for your outfits all year round. We share with you the top ten items you should have hanging in your closet, regardless of the weather.

1. Denim/black jeans

Jeans are definitely number one on this list, because they are so versatile. The first step is to find a fit that flatters you, then decide on the type of wash that would fit into your wardrobe, and work with the style you’re going for. Remember to go for a style that suits your body, rather than what is trendy.

2. Black/white blazer

Black blazers are an absolute wardrobe staple since they can be used a bunch of times, on so many different outfits. Take into consideration that the fit has to accommodate for winter and summer outfits, specifically if you choose to layer your pieces.

3. Midi skirt

A skirt like this would be appropriate for the office, or look smart paired with a blazer for an evening outing. Make sure a skirt in this style fits extremely well around the waist, and flatters your hips.

4. Leather/pleather jacket

A leather or pleather jacket is timeless and can make an outfit look more casual and laid back, depending on how you choose to wear it. Not to mention that they are really warm and look fantastic if you choose to layer them in the winter.

5. Black/white button-down shirt

My personal wardrobe staple, a white button down shirt should flatter your body, and this way look effortless with anything you choose to pair it with. Silk shirts are more expensive, but are appropriate for both the office and for the evening.

6. Round, crew or V-neck tops

Some staple shirts in white, black, and grey could form the base of your outfit, and since they are so readily available all year round, they can be easily replaced.

7. Striped shirt

The striped shirt is a way to bring a subtle pop of colour into an outfit, and is available in numerous colours and styles. Wear with jeans and a cardigan for a casual vibe, or dress up with a skirt and blazer for a more serious look.

8. Maxi dress

A maxi dress is mostly associated with the warmer months, but it’s a great transitional piece during the autumn and spring months as well. They can be paired with heels for a night look, or sandals for the daytime.

9. Cardigan/jumper

We love a cosy jumper in the cooler months, and buying one that is mostly made of wool as opposed to acrylic feels luxurious on the skin. These items are a great investment since they are easy to wear, and will keep you cosy.

10. Winter coat

Longline coats have recently come back into fashion, so there is no excuse not to get your hands on one, regardless of your budget. They are a great way to keep warm during the colder weather, and make for a fast and stylish outfit when you’re on the go.

Try sticking to basics since they will never go out of style, and can be worn many different ways. If you’re in a dilemma and can’t decide what to buy, ask yourself if you would wear the item in a year from now. ASOS have a large variety of basics to suit most body types, and with free shipping regardless of your purchase, a new wardrobe is just a click away.

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By Felicia Sapountzis

April 15, 2014