How to Change Your Style & Still Feel Like Yourself

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How to change your style and still feel like yourself

Have you ever felt like you were in a style rut, just bored with your wardrobe? Made a big change where a wardrobe transition seemed necessary, but you didn't know how or where to start? Or, just spent time admiring other people's outfits and wanted to give yourself a makeover? This article will show you how to do just that!

If you're dying for a new look but afraid of losing yourself in the process, these tips will help you make a successful transformation!

  • Study different looks. If you know you need a change but are unsure of where to begin, fashion books, magazines, and websites are great start. Print out or rip out looks that inspire you - this will help you get a picture of the type of style you like most!
  • Find a fashion muse. Whether you want to emulate a certain celebrity or a stylish friend, studying different looks for inspiration can be a huge help. If you aim to dress more like your best friend, raid her closet! If you're into Rachel Zoe, read her book or watch her TV show. No matter whose looks you like, try to get a complete sense of their fashion persona and find ways to make it your own. The goal is to create a look that is influenced by your muse, but is also distinctly your own. Take what you learn, but stay true to yourself! Not sure who you want to emulate? Check out How to Find Your Celebrity Fashion Muse for some ideas!
  • Make a list of defining pieces to purchase. There are always a few key articles that totally embody the look you're going for, so take note! Whether it's cowboy boots, scarves, or skinny jeans, write them down, pick your favorites and get shopping! This is also helpful if you're thinking in terms of color. Does your new style include a pastel pink or a vampy red? If it epitomizes your style, write it down! You've got yourself a list of must-haves.

Example Essentials for Different Styles

Edgy

Edgy

Product Information: Gold Studded Bangle Set, Dorothy Perkins. Leather Mix Biker Jacket, TopShop. Siwy Shredded Ankle Skinny Jeans, shopbop.com. FLoral Fishnet Tights, American Eagle.

Boho

Boho

Product Information: Tiered Chiffon Maxi Dress, Arden B. Minnetonka Moccasin Calf Hi 3-in-1 Boot, Piperlime. Bohemian Scarf, alloy.com. Coin Chandelier Earrings, Charlotte Russe. Turquoise Cluster Bracelet, fantasyjewelrybox.com.

Preppy

Preppy

Product Information: City-Fit Surplus Chino, J.Crew. Kelly Street Cable Sweater, Vineyard Vines. Poplin Oxford Shirt, ae.com. Lauren by Ralph Lauren 8mm Pearl Earrings, Piperlime. Camila Thick Tortoise Headband, hairboutique.com. Prep School Stripe Ribbon Belt, fourpreppypaws.com.

Glamazon

Glamazon

Product Information: Diana Sequin Shift Dress, johnlewis.com. Miss KK Peacock Feather Necklace, moxsie.com. BCBG Girls Rimy Booty, Zappos. Boyfriend Blazer, fredflare.com.

Even More Style-Changing Tips:

  • Shop some new stores! Whether they're vintage boutiques, thrift stores, or mall shops, try to branch out and shop at some new stores! Online shopping is a great way to do this because you can preview the merchandise of a certain store and see what you like before you go in and try things on. Try browsing online stores you've never been to, or discounted stores you usually pass by. You may be surprised with what you find!
  • Start small! Try adding one or two new pieces in with the things you already wear. For example, if you've been a pretty conservative or traditional dresser and you're going for a rocker vibe, try swapping your flared jeans for black skinnies, or topping your outfit with a leather jacket for some edge. This way, you'll get a dose of edgy style, but still look and feel like yourself.
  • Proceed with caution. There's nothing wrong with slowly creating a new look! In fact, easing into a style change is one of the best ways to make your transformation genuine. The best style changes don't happen overnight! Incorporate new pieces little by little, until they become second nature is a key part of developing your new personal style.
  • Never stop expanding your collection! If you buy clothes that fit into a bunch of different categories, you're always going to have something cool to wear on the days you feel sporty or the days you feel like a trend-setter. Go ahead and mix and match! Who says you have to have a fashion uniform 24/7? Try anything and everything out!

As you continue to make these subtle changes with your style, you'll eventually evolve your style into something totally unique and YOU! Remember, a confident girl can get away with wearing almost anything, so if you're ever feeling unsure about your outfit, tell yourself you look amazing and fake it until you feel it!

Sound off!

Have you ever totally changed your style? How has the way you dress changed from high school to college? Do you have tips of your own? I'm excited to hear your thoughts and read your comments!