In 2022, fashion trends come in and out of style quicker than ever before. By the time you’ve bought the hottest new pair of cargo pants, they’ve already gone out of fashion to be replaced by parachute pants.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of feeling like you have to buy something just because everyone else is. When you actually think about it, do you actually like it? Is it your style?
This culture of fast fashion is leading to a clothing poverty issue in the UK, as well as being awful for the environment. The reality is, you don’t need a new outfit for every event you attend, especially if you don’t plan on wearing it again.
How to find your own style
To find out what you actually like to wear and begin to refine your wardrobe, you need to identify your stapes. What do you wear over and over again? What goes with multiple different outfit combinations? Whether it’s an old pair of baggy jeans or your favourite graphic t-shirt, identify what you feel confident in.
Keep note of what you wear each month and anything you haven’t worn for a long time should probably go. Be strict with yourself and don’t hang onto items you don’t need or wear. If you don’t choose to wear them they probably aren’t your style.
Who inspires you?
Another tip is to think of whose style you love and who inspires you. Not because everyone loves what they wear, but because you do, even if no one agrees. Make a pinterest board or good old scrapbook of colours, designs and combos that you love. You can pick and choose from this to build outfits you want to recreate.
Stick to what you love
Try to ignore the pressure of social media. Just because every influencer on your feed is wearing white cowboy boots doesn’t mean you have to. Stick to what you like and trust your own opinion. Experts say you should aim to have 50 pieces of clothing or less in your wardrobe. If you have your core staples that you can build a multitude of outfits around, you should have no problem with this.
Once you start wearing what you really love, watch the compliments start rolling in. People love to see something unique rather than the same outfit twenty times in a day. Who knows, you might even start the next big trend yourself.