Trying to find your style? What makes you, you? Often we search outside of ourselves to find things we identify with. Instead, its important that you pull from within to express what you want. ‘Style’ isn’t what you wear or how you style your hair. Style is your point of view. Its your preferences, and your outlook on life. It may be hard to actually define who you are as a person, outside of your work, but it is important that you figure out who you are. Here are some tips for finding your own style.
Separate Yourself From Your Work
Most people define themselves by what they do. Often they dress as their profession. I remember the specific day in college when we were being taught what to wear for ‘corporate America’, and me thinking that I would never work for corporate America because a suit didn’t describe who I was. It was a silly reason not to go into corporate America, but my intentions were to not lose myself in my work. Separating yourself from your work allows you to have opinions, preferences, thoughts outside of the ‘standard’ way of doing things. Having your internal style (i.e. thoughts, revelations) will bring out your external style.
Figure Out What Makes You Tick
Sometimes you need time away from it all to figure out exactly what you want out of this life. I need you to realize that you only get one life, and then its over. It’s important that you take time to understand your purpose. Why are you here? Who are you? What impact will you have on the world in this lifetime? Answering those questions will lead you to develop your own perspective on the life that you are living. That perspective will change who you are internally, and eventually reflect outwardly.
Express Who You Are Through Your Clothes
Do you know why you were told to wear a navy blue suit to your new corporate position? Well, that’s because you are supposed to look like the person next to you wearing the same outfit. The reason is so your identity diminishes and the identity of the company can be showcased. Clothes are an expression of self. When you take time to find out who you are, what you want from this world, how you will impact this world, and what energy you want to express, your choice of clothing will express that. Colors will have meaning. Whether you wear skirts or pants suggest something. Whether or not your style changes daily says something. If you find yourself wearing the styles that everyone else is wearing, you should realize that you have not yet found, or felt comfortable expressing, your unique style.
Take the time to wear your life on your sleeve.