Discover our tips for finding your own style and asserting yourself
How do you find your style?
15 SEPTEMBER 2023
Adopting your own clothing style and finding original looks means asserting your personality and tastes, making fashion trends your own without dressing like everyone else.
Finding the right style and choosing the right pieces without breaking the bank is a tricky business, given the fashion trends that come out every season and the brands that evolve over the years.
Good to know! At Elora, our sales advisers receive "personal stylist" training, which enables them to present their collections of clothes and accessories in the best possible way, and to offer their customers personalised advice, whether they're looking for men's or women's fashion.
1 - TAKE STOCK
Analyse and sort your dressing room
Our basic advice? Before your shopping trip or private fashion presentation, start by taking stock of what you already have in your dressing room. Your style and your needs evolve over time and you inevitably need to sort through your collection. Now is the time!
Keep all the pieces you like and feel comfortable in, especially the basics. On the other hand, put aside all the clothes and accessories that are no longer up to date or don't fit you any more. Be ruthless when it comes to has-been cuts, styles and materials, if you don't want to become 'old-fashioned'... You can easily find a charity to give them a second life!
Once you've finished sorting, analyse all the pieces you're keeping: number of trousers/jeans VS dress and skirt, shapes of your tops, dominant colours, chic, romantic, casual or rock style... and make a note of which outfits you think you're missing. It's a good starting point for defining your style.
Know your colour palette
To give yourself a healthy glow and draw attention to your strong points, we advise you to match your colour profile. In other words, study the colour palette that suits you best according to your basic harmony: skin colour, eyes and hair. Every woman has her own profile!
To do this, we advise you to read our article dedicated to colorimetry.
Accept your morphology and make the most of it
Every woman has a dominant body shape, which she will generally keep for the rest of her life, whether she gains or loses weight.
It's best to assume this fully, because it's almost impossible to change the basic shape. For example, if you're H-shaped, you won't be able to erase your shoulders or mark your waist, which depend on your bone structure and frame. You can, however, use your clothing style to highlight your assets and visually soften any imperfections...
We've written an article to help you determine your body type and dress accordingly.
Every woman has strengths to bring out! Remember that at Elora, you can have a personal stylist guide you through your shopping at no extra cost. She'll help you find the right clothes for the style that suits you best.
Every body type is potentially beautiful, if you know how to enhance it. So it's important to identify and accept your own body shape. For most women, it's essential to emphasise their hips.
2 - FIND A FASHION STYLE THAT SUITS YOU
Once you've taken stock of your wardrobe, your colour profile and your body type, you can start to build your new looks.
Determine what you like and what suits you
Decide beforehand what style of room and outfit you like. While most women like to dress fashionably, they have a clear idea of what suits them. Fortunately, that doesn't mean you can't fall for something unexpected. A word of advice: be careful not to accumulate too many atypical pieces or eccentric colours in your dressing room that are difficult to wear.
Every woman has her own style! If your style is basic trousers and jeans, go for sobriety! It won't make you any less chic. If, on the other hand, you're a fan of the little black faux skirt or the steamy dress, don't force yourself to wear trousers and treat yourself to glamorous outfits and original accessories. The key is to feel good in your clothes, in harmony with your body shape, your personal tastes and your aura.
Create a kit of basics
When you start to define your style, there's nothing better than relying on timeless basics. Basics that go with everything, that match all your looks, that can be worn with both smart and casual outfits and, above all, that allow you to vary your looks without overloading your wardrobe.
Here's some advice: choose quality garments, with clean cuts and sober colours that will make all the difference! From denim jeans to V-neck T-shirts, black casual trousers, pencil skirts and beige trench coats... .
Find more original items
Once you've got your collection of basics, you can start to let loose and choose more original pieces that will be the very essence of your style. Be careful, however, to choose clothes that you really like and that you're going to wear.
There are lots of prints, patterns, materials and shapes to give your look a twist. You could, for example, go for a long dress with ruffles and paisley print for a bohemian style, black studded ankle boots for a more rock trend, or streetwear trousers for a sporty chic effect.
Adapt your clothing style to the life you lead
Everyone's life is different. Some have jobs that require more formal attire, while others need practical, casual clothes for their daily lives.
Our basic advice is to adapt your style of dress and your look, whether for daytime or for going out, to your life and your needs. Your wardrobe will therefore include casual pieces for everyday wear, adapted to your pace of life, and more chic pieces for going out with friends or to a restaurant with the man in your life. And don't forget a few comfortable garments to create a simple yet elegant outfit for cocooning at home... without turning into a teddy bear!
And don't forget that accessories are often everything!
3 - TRY ON DIFFERENT LOOKS
Finally, it's important to try on different outfits to find out what really suits you. Finding the right style doesn't happen overnight, especially as your look is bound to evolve with the years, your tastes, your desires and your body shape. For example, it's not always easy to know which top to choose.
So how do you decide? Wear some "test" outfits for a day, preferably at home, and see if you feel comfortable in your body. It may be that you look good in certain pieces, but that they need to be matched, accessorised and worn differently from how you originally imagined.
With this in mind, it's a good idea to get advice from fashion professionals. At Elora, we've got plenty of advice to help you find the style that suits you best...