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Personalize your wardrobe
July 25, 2013, 10:37 am
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Women with unique senses of style stand out from the crowd. What does your wardrobe say about you? Is it a perfect reflection of your personality down to the customized nameplate necklace and funky skirt you got during a study abroad in Spain? Or does it simply say "I got all of this stuff at a department store"? I f y our w ardrobe i s m ore l ike t he l atter, there are lots of things you can do to put more of your personality into your fashion sense. You don't have to break the bank to do it, and it truly is simple. Here are ways to personalize your wardrobe and make it scream YOU!

Develop your personal brand: If someone were to look at an outfit you'd wear on a typical day, would they immediately recognize it as yours? Branding is important in marketing and business, but it is just as important in fashion to know who you are and have your own personal brand that sets you apart from everyone else. Strong brands are magnetic – you can't help but pay attention to them. Channel some of that magnetism with your style. How to develop your brand? Start with adjectives that describe your style, like "fun, eclectic, exciting, unique", or "put-together, chic, timeless, sophisticated". If you aren't sure what your style is, describe a style you'd like to have or the personal style of someone you admire. Even better, just describe your personality. Keep the list you created and test the clothes in your wardrobe against it. If they don't fit with your brand, donate them or toss them out. There is no point in wearing something that is just not you.

Have things tailored: A good tailor is every fashionista's best friend. She can transform a wardrobe full of so-so clothes from discount stores into a closet full of amazing pieces that look custom made. A tailor can take in your jeans so they fit perfectly, repair small rips in your favorite clothes, hem pants so they work with your favorite pair of shoes, and so much more. If you don't have one on speed dial, find one and introduce yourself. Your tailor can also help you personalize your clothes. Say you find a fabulous cardigan but don't want to have the exact same one as everyone else. You could find some cool vintage buttons and have your tailor switch them out. It would only cost a little money and would give you a completely unique sweater that no one else would have. There are so many possibilities like this, so don't be afraid to get creative and ask!

Raid your mother's or grandmother's closet: Convey a little bit of personal history through clothing by borrowing some vintage clothes from your mom or grandmother. You will find unique pieces you probably can't buy any more, and they have the added character of being in your family. If you have access to any items from your mother's, grandmother's, or fabulous aunt's closet, it is recommended you borrow them.

Add character with your accessories: Accessories are one of the best ways to show off little pieces of your personality without looking costume like. They can convey so much about you, and they are often inexpensive so you can stock up. A set of quote pins would be perfect for the budding journalist, and if you have a serious sweet tooth, a cupcake necklace could be a fun accessory to play into that aspect of your personality. There are literally millions of choices out there – so what will you make your accessories say about you?

Find your signature colors: Signature colors can be another tool to make your look scream "you!" So what are your signature colors? If you need help deciding, start by finding out what colors look best on you. Then pick one or a few of your favorites from those choices. Think about which colors make you feel good when you look at them, as well as which ones resonate with your personality. Once you have your signature colors, try wearing some combo of them in your outfits on a regular basis – whether it's one or a few. Find handbags, shoes, and scarves in those colors and mix them in to your current wardrobe. You don't have to wear your signature colors every day, but wearing them often will help brand them as yours.

Channel your inspirations: If there is a certain person whose style you idolize, take a little bit of their look and incorporate it into your own. The people you idolize say a lot about you, and by emulating some part of their look, you tell the world a little bit about yourself 

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