StyleGuide: Developing Your Personal Style-PART 1

DPS3part 1: Know Thyself

In a previous post, I said that style is the essence of you. It’s what makes you, well…you! You have to know for yourself in order to show the world who you are. The first step to defining your personal style is all about taking an inventory of everything that makes up your passions, your power and your personality.

Get to know these specific parts of yourself and put it on paper. This will really help you map out the elements of yourself. Are you girly? Outgoing? Weird in a good way? Use descriptive phrases and words. With this assessment, you’ll be able to articulate your personality through your style. If you’re serious about chronicling your style evolution, buy a small journal. You can refer back to your notes to see how you’ve changed over the seasons. Use the example below as a guide.


DPS4Date – 1 April 2013

Age – 23

Occupation – Loss Prevention Agent, Photographer, Style Blogger

Lifestyle – Metro Denver area resident, very cold/wet winters, hot/dry summers, Denver nightlife, fitness; Whether I’m out on the town or at home with family/friends, I am always ready to have fun. When I’m working in a studio or on location for a photoshoot I need to look polished and feel comfortable. My day job is in a casual office setting (and the air conditioning is always on full blast so it’s freezing, too). My social calendar is full of nights out with friends and nights crammed with writing projects.

Interests and Hobbies

1. Fashion/Lifestyle/Pop Culture

2. Music

3. Writing

4. Reading


6. Art

7. Photography

8. Shopping

9. Travel

10. Sewing/ Clothing Design

11. Jewelry making

12. Food & Dining

13. Favorite Color(s): Orange, green, blue, pink

DPS2My Personality (A String of Words/Phrases) – fun-loving, introverted, girly, rock and roll, intelligent, headstrong, stubborn, laid back, unapologetic, unique, eccentric, funny, peculiar, detail-oriented, silly, youthful, creative, artistic, determined, scatter-brained, neurotic, cultured, friendly, bookworm, elegant, down-to-earth, curious, go-getter, eclectic, ambitious, dramatic, sensitive, playful, crazy, independent, current, hip, determined, engaging

Don’t be afraid to use even the wackiest of phrases to describe yourself. It’ll help you form a mental picture of what “You” looks like.


Favorite Designers/Brands (any/all brands you really like)– J. Mendel, Lanvin, Balenciaga, Balmain, Chloe, Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, Diane von Furstenburg, Elie Saab, J. Crew, Jason Wu, Roberto Cavalli, Kenzo, Marc Jacobs, Nanette Lepore, Opening Ceremony, Oscar de la Renta, Prabal Gurung, Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, RAg & Bone, Valentino, Sophie Thallet, Salvatore Ferragamo, Alexander Wang, Alice Temperley, Thakoon, The Row, Vera Wang, Zac Posen, Carolina Herrera

Style Icons (People You Know, Celebrities, Fictional Characters, etc.) – Lou Doillon, Jane Birkin, Emily Haines, Blair Waldorf, Bianca Jagger, Janelle Monae, Debbie Harry, and Solange Knowles

Favorite Bands/Music Acts – Metric, Beyonce Knowles, Florence + the Machine, Elton John, Drake, Paramore, Tegan & Sara, Deadmau5, Zedd, Imogen Heap, Tech N9ne, SBTRKT, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Lady Gaga, Lana del Rey, Rilo Kiley, The Rolling Stones,Tiesto, Kid Cudi, Feist, Gabe Bondoc, Jamie Woon, Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Flyleaf, Imagine Dragons, Half Moon Run, The Black Keys, Bloc Party

Once you’ve created your profile, the image you’re trying to create should start to take form in your mind. In PART 2, we’ll talk about how to use this assessment to put a personal mood board together. That’s when the real fun begins!


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