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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Drexel chapter.

As humans, our interests and tastes are always evolving, so finding a style that’s your own can be a challenge. Of course, how you wear the clothes matters more than the clothes themselves, but figuring out what style of clothing makes you most comfortable and more importantly, makes you feel more yourself is key to helping you make smarter shopping decisions and lessening the clutter in your closet. Here are our top tips for helping you define your personal style.


1. Look at your own social media.

Seeing who you follow on sites like Pinterest, Tumblr, and Bloglovin can give you clues as to what kind of clothing is aesthetically appealing to you. Following a celebrity like Solange on Instagram might mean that you like mixing prints or following a blogger like Sincerely Jules might mean that you prefer a laid-back look. Think about what you like about their personal style and try incorporating it into your own.


2. Experiment on a budget.

Sometimes you won’t know if you like something unless you try it out. Visiting local thrift stores and buying affordable clothing brands is a budget friendly way to experiment with your style. Many fashion trends such as choker necklaces and dungarees tend to cycle through time. If you don’t want to shell out a ton of money on a trendy piece then I recommend that you stick to bargain hunting.  


3. Clean out your closet.

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We’ve all had those days  when looking at your full closet you still feel like there is nothing to wear. Going through your wardrobe and figuring out what to keep and get rid of can provide some clarity on what items you want to keep and wear. If you have a pair of studded boots that you absolutely love then maybe that means you should incorporate more bejeweled pieces into your wardrobe. If you see a trench coat that you haven’t worn in a few years then stay away from similar items.


4. Realize it’s okay to like more than one type of style.

Don’t get caught up in the idea that you have to stick to one style for the rest of your life. If you want to dress feminine and flowy one day and then wear leather pants the next day then that’s all right. Your personal style is you wearing what makes you feel happy. There are plenty of stylish women and men that aren’t afraid to have a diverse wardrobe.


6. Think over your purchases.

Each time you consider buying something at the store ask yourself two questions. First, if you don’t buy this item today will you regret it? Second, will you actually wear this item enough times to justify how much you’re going to pay for it? By putting thought into your purchases, you can make sure that you’re buying clothes that you’ll actually get use out of, not because it’s trendy and everybody is wearing it.  


Fashion is a fun way to express yourself, so finding your personal style shouldn’t be a stressful task. At the end of the day, clothes don’t define who you really are. Hopefully these tips will help make it easier to find clothing that makes you comfortable!

Sarah is a Marketing and Technology & Innovation Management major from Brooklyn, NY. In her free time she enjoys reading lifestyle/fashion/beauty blogs and literature, trying to get her life together, watching Netflix, and spending an unhealthy amount of time on social media. 
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