What even is style?
Well our old friends Merriam & Webster define it like this:
So with that being said, here’s how I define style:
Style is something that represents you. It represents who you are as a person and what you ‘stand for’, so to speak. Style varies based on your interests and what you find appealing. Style can be anything from the clothes you wear, the car you drive, the accessories that you carry with you on a daily basis, and even how you decorate your home or office. It is simply that representation of you and what you like.
So why is style important?
Style is important to someone wanting to live a more well rounded life for a couple of reasons. It “brands” you to the world. It tells the world that this is who you are and it gives someone meeting you or seeing your space for the first time a glimpse into who you are as a person. While that may seem shallow, it really isn’t. As humans, we almost always judge a book by its cover. It’s human nature and while it may not be entirely fair, it’s a fact of life. So in order to live a more well rounded life, it’s important to take stock in your image and the appearances that you project and align them with who you want to be. Once you have done this, your style will not only show the world who you are, it will serve as a reminder to you of who you want to be and what you want to represent. So yeah, it’s pretty important. Maybe not the most important thing but it is important.
So what if you don’t know your style?
The answer to that question is simple. Find it! I am currently trying to define my style because for most of my life I didn’t think that style mattered and I was particularly uninterested in wearing fashionable clothes or looking my best because I didn’t see any value in it. There is value in it, though, and I am focusing now on ‘branding’ myself and making my clothes, accessories, and home match my brand. So start with who you want to be. Think about the types of clothes and decor that best represent that type of person, and go from there. As a practicing minimalist, it is important for me to find clothes that are both functional (because I don’t want a ton of clothes) and stylish enough to represent who I am as a person. There’s nothing wrong with looking your best and taking care of yourself and your image. The world has told us that if we care about the clothes that we wear or the way that we look, we are vain. That’s not true. If you want success and you have a desire to be a more well rounded person, then start dressing like it and acting like it. It’s that whole power of visualization thing! But you don’t have to break the bank in order to look the way that you want to. Find sales and deals and shop at Target. Just do the best that you can with the resources you have. You will feel so good once you start dressing and styling like the person that you want to be. And if you are completely lost as to what your style should be, consult Pinterest or YouTube or other blogs until you see something that speaks to you. Chances are you already have hoards of clothes but none of them really speak to you or project who you want to actually be. Don’t be afraid of letting those go and making room for some that do.
Defining your style is not something that will happen overnight. It will take time and it will take some thought and consideration on your part. But that’s half the fun in doing it! I encourage you to take a look at your style and find ways that you can improve or change it to better match the person that you really are or that you want to eventually be. I’m also excited to hear about your style. If you could define who you want to be (style wise) in three words, what would they be? Leave a comment or send me a message letting me know! I look forward to hearing all about your style and what it means to you!
“Money Talks. Style Doesn’t Have To.”