postheadericon How to Envision Your New Style

Do you want a new look, but don’t know where to start? Is your style routine, predictable and bland? Here’s a guide to help you envision your new style!

How to Envision Your New Style

1 First, get inspired. Read some magazines, watch your favorite shows, and read inspirational blogs. Are there people who inspire you? (Classmates, celebrities, etc.) Is there a specific time period you like? (80s, Victorian Gothic, etc.) Are there any styles that influence you now? (preppy, punk, etc.) Once you have an idea of what you want to look like, stick with it.

How to Envision Your New Style

2 Make a list of these inspirations. You can even make a fashion mood board or a Polyvore collage with clothing, colors, and inspirational pictures.

How to Envision Your New Style

3 Find your “essentials.” What are the key elements that stand out in this look? Here are some examples: Scene kids have their cute plastic jewelry or colorful hair clips, punk kids love biker-style jackets or schoolgirl skirts, and almost everyone loves skinny jeans. Write a minimum of 5 key fashion items for your style. This should include apparel, shoes, makeup, jewelry, etc.

How to Envision Your New Style

4 Now, make a “wants list.” These are the essentials or extras you don’t already have. Here’s an example: Doc Martens, stud leather satchel, and Lady Gaga hair bow. If you’re on a budget, poke around the mall and internet to find your wants at lower prices. Shopping online is good as well, although buying accessories and jewelry over the internet is recommended over buying shoes and apparel (you can’t really try on the clothes from your desk chair). Use all the coupon codes you can find.

How to Envision Your New Style

5 Make sure you’re inspired, and you have all your essentials and the things on your wants list.

How to Envision Your New Style

6 Pull all your items out of your closets that go with your desired look. Organize them in piles or stacks in outfits, colors, clothing type, etc.

How to Envision Your New Style

7 Make at least 5 head-to-toe outfits (including accessories, if any) that you feel confident in. Try them on, see what you would fix about each outfit, and rearrange the pieces accordingly.

How to Envision Your New Style

8 Take pictures of your outfits and item piles. If they match your desired look, print them out and make a collage or two. Place the collage in your closet or next to your dresser, or somewhere you can see it (especially on a day when you’re not sure what to wear).

How to Envision Your New Style

9 Now that you’ve figured out your outfits, put some thought into hair and makeup. Get your hair done, watch some YouTube hair tutorials, etc. If you include makeup, the “basics” commonly include lipstick or gloss, foundation, at least one eyeshadow pallet with colors you love, and eyeliner (liquid is good, but you’ll need steady hands).

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