We all have instincts when it comes to the types of clothing that we buy. Just take a look in your closet, and see what clothes you enjoy wearing on a consistent basis, and what clothes you feel are no longer representative of who you are. Maybe it is time to boost your confidence and explore other styles of clothing that bring out your inner fashionista. She lives within all of us, but sometimes we are afraid to let her out! It is best to write down your fashion goals, so that you can stream line your shopping trips, by purchasing items that are within your vision. There is nothing worst than shopping and buying a bunch of mediocre pieces that just sit in your closet and take up much needed space. Inspiration is the best way to develop one’s personal style, and it allows us to get a feel for what styles we are attracted to, and what styles we are repulsed by. Pinterest, magazines, and fashion blogs are all great places to start. If one piece of clothing is attractive to you in an ensemble piece, then save the image. It is important to view the outfit in pieces, versus the whole book. This will come in handy when trying to mix and match. What are your favorite colors? Favorite fabrics? Do you prefer looser garments or fitted? Do you layer your clothing? See where you are at, and build upon that. Try to explore the opposite of what you normally would go for. After utilizing Pinterest and magazines, you should have a huge list of items that speak to you. Now the FUN begins!! Go out and try on as many outfits that you can from your inspiration list that you have compiled. Do not be afraid to mix and match items. See how you feel wearing these pieces. Are you comfortable wearing these items? The fun part about this process, is that you will find flattering combinations, such as a crop top with high waisted jeans, or tucking in a loose fitting top half way with skinny jeans. You should still take notes of what works, and what doesn’t. After this shopping trip, you should have a pretty good grasp on your style, and know exactly which pieces work with your vision. Trust me! This will help for future shopping trips, because you will know what to buy versus what not to buy now that you have defined your style. By now, you should have a theme for your style, ie. fit, colors, fabrics. It even helps to name it, ie. rocker sheek, boheminan, etc. Now that you can pinpoint your style, go through your wardrobe, and remove all pieces that do not make you feel inspired or tell your story. It is here that you will find pieces to build upon, and this will allow you to shop with focus and a clear mind. If you absolutely love an item, and it does not fit in with your newly defined style, you should still keep the item. Remember, the end result is your own personal happiness and confidence, and I am sure that you will figure out a way to incorporate it into your look. Everything else can either be donated or consigned. Be realistic with how you spend your days. If you have a corporate dress code at work, you will need to account for that in your wardrobe. For your personal life, you should assess and see if you spend more time going out in the evenings, or out during the days, and plan your wardrobe accordingly. This way, you will not have the dreaded feeling of “I have nothing to wear”. Please note: Quality is far more important than quantity. Do not skimp on quality in order to buy more pieces. You want your wardrobe to last and stand the test of time. Remember, there is no right or wrong way to develop your own sense of style. Dress for yourself, and you will not only be happier and more confident, but you will ultimately love yourself more in the process.