Finding Your Signature Style

Blazer: H&M

Crop Top: Primark

Shirt: H&M

Shorts: H&M

Bag: H&M

Boots: H&M

Signature style. What does that really mean? And how do you find your own?

Well I don’t really know myself if signature style is something we all have or all find in life; or necessarily have to find; but I do believe people have their own personal style even if they wouldn’t say they are particularly into fashion.

I have a background in fashion styling and I always get asked by people I know, especially by guys, whether I like their style and if they are ‘fashionable’ or if I like the outfit they are currently wearing. This happens usually in a jokey-way over some drinks ha. They look to me to say if they are ‘doing it right’ because I work in the fashion industry but it really isn’t about that. I work in fashion and play with the latest designs but that doesn’t mean that I am a judge of what is stylish and what isn’t; I am just able to be creative with clothes.

I always say that fashion is an ever changing thing that people buy into or decide not to buy into, whereas style is something everyone has whether they want it or not. I love fashion and I love personal style. Fashion is given to us by designers on the catwalks and then our beloved high street stores make the fashion attainable to us. Style however is something that yes we can be influenced into forming but it is always hands down created by ourselves and I love that!

So what is signature style? Signature style is something I think comes with age and is influenced by your surroundings, experiences, likes and interests. It is a distinctive look that helps to portray you as a character and a look that you feel most comfortable in. I think when you are young you spend years experimenting with style in correlation with trying to figure out who you are as a person.

I don’t think I found my signature style until roughly a year ago, and realised I was very much into feminine tailoring. I looked at my wardrobe and realised that the pieces that had stood the test of time were all of my tailored pieces and these were the items that made me feel the best when worn.

How do you find your own signature style? I say that signature style isn’t something to be found, but actually something that just happens. Signature style can be really definitive and easy to spot, or it can be a bit more varied and that is totally ok. You like what you like and that’s what makes it signature, because there is only one you and no one else is going to pull together the same wardrobe as you.

Blazer: H&M | Crop Top: Primark | Shirt: H&M | Shorts: H&M | Bag: H&M | Boots: H&M

If you have a bit of a crazy, diverse wardrobe and want to hone in on your style and make it more definitive I definitely recommend creating a visual mood board. Scan the internet and pull out lots and lots photos of outfits you like, put them all in one place and see what pieces or styles crop up the most. This will give you an understanding on what styles you are most receptive to.

Go to your wardrobe, pick out those pieces if you have any and maybe think about transitioning your purchases more towards these pieces in future. Gradually your outfits will be more uniform with one another and the effect of this is a more distinctive look.

In today’s post I am wearing my signature summer look. As I said before I love feminine tailoring and short suits are my ultimate summer outfit. This one is from H&M as they are just the best place to pick up short suits on the high street right now. They have classic styles as well as more trend led designs which is great to play around with. I am keen to find independent stores that create short suits so if anyone knows of any, do let me know!

I love how smart shorts suits look but it is also easy to dress them down a bit with styling. I have teamed mine with a striped shirt but left is unbuttoned and popped on a crop top underneath. This helped with relaxing the look a bit making it more suitable for daytime. I am getting into wearing ankle boots for summer at the moment with my shorts and skirts. I am quite fussy when it comes to sandals and have only been sporting my gold next sandals for so long but you just can’t go wrong with a black ankle boot. This gave the outfit a bit of an edge and I love the way it looks.

Finished off with a little black cross body bag, this look is my style to a T and I hope you like it too! I would love to hear what you would describe your personal style to be, sometimes it is really hard to put into words!

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7 Comments

  1. 15th July 2017 / 17:44

    Absolutely agree with you on signature style: its personal & takes time and can be whatever you want it to be.

    I love the white tailoring and how you layered the shirt open underneath. Those boots are so badass! – x

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    • charnellegardiner
      16th July 2017 / 12:42

      Yes definitely 🙂 Thanks lovely, I love these boots, so statement. Thanks so much for reading and leaving a comment xxx

  2. tashpantz
    15th July 2017 / 20:31

    I love this style on you and I must say soft tailoring definitely suits you. I agree that personal style develops over time and if evolves and mine has Ocer the years. I’m sure it will evolve some more but if I had to describe my personal style I’d say definitely feminine and super relaxed. I like clothes to look fuss free and to feel effortless… same with shoes as I’ve found that I’ve traded in all my high heels for mid heels and flats. X

    • charnellegardiner
      16th July 2017 / 12:44

      Yes you definitely have that effortlessly put together vibe going on with your style, totally agree! Thank you so much Tash xxx

  3. 16th July 2017 / 07:56

    Love this tailored look on you dear. I totally agree with you in terms of signature style. I think style is personal and tails to different people.

    • charnellegardiner
      16th July 2017 / 12:45

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting, style is ever so personal I agree xx

  4. 17th July 2017 / 12:56

    I think it’s a constantly evolving thing but you definitely get to a point where you can say that is or is not “me”.

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