4 steps to finding your signature style

Now that summer sales are in full swing, it is tempting to add a lot of new pieces to your wardrobe.. especially when you’re on vacation and you see the sign SALE popping up everywhere..Reduced prices..further reductions..sale up to 50%.. It’s easier to get the urge to shop when you know something is on sale, right?

Sale shopping is fun and it can save you a lot of money too (if you do it right). But there’s also a dark side. In my early to mid 20s, I always ended up with a bunch of “unnecessary” things, particulary shoes, makeup and clothes. At that time, it didn’t matter much to me. I wanted to experiment with different types of clothing, loads of prints, colours and textures.

We all know your personal style says something about you. It’s a way to express who you are. When it comes to my style, it has changed over the years and I believe it keeps changing, based on the lifestyle I’ve been living. Finding my personal style was a struggle to be honest. It took me years to understand what style suits me best. Fast forward to today, I think it’s safe to say that I finally found one that reflects my personality and where I feel most comfortable in. Simple, classic and comfotable. I’d choose sneakers over heels, oversized tops over bodycon fit, trousers over pencil skirts. Comfort is essential to me. So today I’d like to talk about a few tips on how I found my signature style and how I sticked to it.

1// create a colour, pattern and texture palette

This may sound obvious, but try to find colours that represent you as a person, colours that suit your skin tone, hair, body and even your lifestyle. Think of your favourite colours, colours that tell something about you, affect your mood or make you feel happy. By creating a colour palette, you’ll be able to focus on the colours you like and that will help you to define your style better. Plus, it makes shopping easier too. The same goes for prints, and textures. When it comes to print, I like breton stripes. I’ve been wearing them for years. Stripes are simple, timeless and they just add a stylish touch to your outfit without trying too hard.

2// declutter and reorganize your closet

I know you wouldn’t believe me if I say “I have nothing to wear”. I know, how can I say something ridiculous when I own a closet, a storage room which we’ve transformed into my ‘walk-in closet’ and a part of Wai’s closet? Yes, I own way too many clothes. When Wai started to complain about lack of closet space (he: ‘I can’t even find my own clothes!’), I knew it was time to declutter and reorganize my wardrobe. I never thought I could free up so much more space by simply getting rid of clothes I no longer wear! And you know what the good part is? Decluttering makes you feel happier and stress-free. Plus, you’ll only wear the clothes you love! win-win.

3// dress for your body shape

This is so important, my friend. I’m a firm believer that anyone can wear whatever they want as long as it fits his or her body. Remember what I said about choosing the right denim skirt or stripes and polka dots for your frame? Dressing for your body shape will certainly make you feel confident in what you wear and I believe it will help you to make the right decisions too. When you look good, you feel good, you do good. Make sure you wear the clothes and not let them wear you.

4// invest in timeless pieces

Having a strong wardrobe is essential when you want to find your signature style. You’ll need items that can be easily paired together and are suitable for (almost) any occasion. These items are the so called basics. I’m a massive fan of good basics. They are timeless, versatile and last for a lifetime and you know what? They are also an easy starting point to build an awesome, classic wardrobe.

What is your signature style?

I’m wearing
& Other Stories tee
Zara distressed jeans
Nike Internationalist trainers
Céline bag (similar here)
Gucci belt (similar here)
Cinco & Orelia necklaces

 

Thank you for taking the time to read my post. Until next time,

33 Comments

  1. hellohilloryrenkema July 10, 2018 / 7:23 pm

    I definitely shop way too much in summer! This was such a great post girly!

    xo,

    H

    http://firsttimethings.com/

    • Vivian Tse
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 10:48 am

      Thank you so much Hillory! Glad you found it useful! x

  2. Jessica July 11, 2018 / 10:17 am

    Great tips, and yes, I completely agree with number 3 and 4. What works and looks good for others doesnt necessarily mean it looks good on you. Take time to explore, it’s a trial and error thing. More importantly, have fun searching for your own style!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • Vivian Tse
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 11:34 am

      Thank you Jessica! Yes, finding the right fit for your body is so important! It helps you to understand what works good (or not) on your body. Have a great day!

    • Vivian Tse
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 11:35 am

      That’s very kind of you, thank you so much for stopping by!

  3. nobasisinreality July 11, 2018 / 9:05 pm

    I love these tips! I’m working on finding my signature style – I know it’ll be a little French, a little rocker, but I’m not sure yet. This will help me so much =)

    xx,
    Meredith
    LATEST POST | INSTAGRAM

    • Vivian Tse
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 11:36 am

      Hi Meredith, that sounds amazing! Loving the French style too and I hope you will be able to find your signature style soon! xx

  4. Style Appetite July 12, 2018 / 2:21 pm

    Such great tips & definitiely a reminder to myself that I wanted to reorganize my closet ;) And I always find it helpul to create Go-to-outfits that keep me safe for uninspired days of dressing ;) ♥

    xxx
    Tina
    https://styleappetite.com

    • Vivian Tse
      Author
      July 17, 2018 / 9:57 am

      Thank you so much Tina! Creating go-to outfits is a great idea! Thanks for sharing this tip babe:) xx

  5. Sonia Aicha July 12, 2018 / 5:12 pm

    great tips, I totally agree with you on creating a colour palette, it took me time to get there but now I know green ain’t for me lol
    I am all about yellow, white, brown, soft peach and blue :)
    When we bought our new house I new I needed to transform a room to a walk-in closet.
    ps: I love your bag, very cute
    Sonia Aicha
    http://www.soniaaicha.com

    • Vivian Tse
      Author
      July 17, 2018 / 9:58 am

      Thank you so much Sonia! Those are lovely colours and I’m sure they will look amazing on you! xx

    • Vivian Tse
      Author
      July 17, 2018 / 10:01 am

      Thank you so much for stopping by Simona! xx

    • Vivian Tse
      Author
      July 17, 2018 / 10:02 am

      That’s very kind of you, thank you so much girl!

    • Vivian Tse
      Author
      July 17, 2018 / 10:11 am

      Aww that’s very kind of you and it means so much to me as well! Thank you so much Yuliya! you just brighten up my day ;) xx

    • Vivian Tse
      Author
      July 17, 2018 / 10:11 am

      And I love yours M! Hope you’re well! xx

  6. Jenny July 17, 2018 / 10:25 pm

    You look lovely in these pictures :) I don’t think I’ve found my signature style yet but love a good closet clear out so should consider it soon! Loving your blog by the way :)

    Jenny | localleo.co.uk

    • Vivian Tse
      Author
      July 26, 2018 / 12:24 pm

      Ahh that’s very kind of you! It made my day :) Thanks so much Jenny! xx

  7. Stylease July 20, 2018 / 7:39 am

    Hey!! Lovely post and pictures!! xo

    • Vivian Tse
      Author
      July 26, 2018 / 12:25 pm

      Yaaay! Glad you found these useful Katya! xx

  8. Kara July 24, 2018 / 9:54 pm

    These are all such great tips! I’ve definitely been guilty of being on a trip, seeing sale signs, and thinking I need to add some more items to my wardrobe. I love the idea of sticking to a palette of colors and patterns that you love and make you happy. Also you are so right that decluttering does wonders! I recently went through my closet and it feels so good not being overwhelmed when choosing an outfit.

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net/

    • Vivian Tse
      Author
      July 26, 2018 / 12:59 pm

      Yaaay, thanks Kara! I’m glad you found my tips useful! Yess sticking to a colour/pattern palette saves you a lot of time when you’re shopping! Happy Summer Kara! xx

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