What is personal style is a question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately.
Every time I scroll through Instagram, my feed is peppered with images of girls jetsetting in gorgeous dresses, flitting from one postcard-perfect backdrop to another. For a while, I was one of them.
I’m in an on-and-off relationship with Instagram. Whenever I post, I feel a need to curate my life to perfection, create a magazine-worthy spread of squares, and force myself to fit the pretty travel girl mold.
As the past few years have rolled by, I know I’ve changed my style. I’ve started to search for Instagrammable backdrops. I’ve stood, facing forward, for the same pose in a hundred and one predetermined locations. I’ve even packed outfits to match iconic buildings on several trips.
Like a lot of girls, I fell into the allure of an Instagrammable life and tried my best to live one. But at the end of the day, that girl wasn’t me.
So I quit the platform, came back, quit the platform, and came back again.
What Is Personal Style?
Personal style is about being yourself. It’s about wearing what makes you confident. It’s an attitude and a way of life. There’s a spontaneity to personal style, an edge and a curve. It’s not cookie-cutter. It can’t be. Something so incredibly intertwined with your way of life only takes the shape of uniqueness.
Personal style is empowering. When you wear an outfit that makes you smile, it’s easy to lose sight of likes and followers. You no longer seek approval because you already have the biggest approval stamp on the planet – your own.
How Do You Discover Your Personal Style?
It took me a very long time to discover my personal style. At first, I thought it was boho chic. Then, I went into a blouse and boyfriend jeans phase. For a while, I wore mostly grunge concert tees. Then, I stopped placing labels. I started noticing a commonality between the pieces I loved.
I love a neutral palette with bright pops of color. I love pieces that are soft and delicate but also downright comfortable. I love clothes that inspire me to be spontaneous.
In fact, this photoshoot is at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen in Richardson, Texas. I was driving northbound on State Highway 75 when I caught a glimpse of an open-patio restaurant. On a foggy Christmas Day, this is the last place I would think of stopping by. I was initially planning a romantic stroll through Flippen Park, but something held me back. And within a few minutes, I found my car parked in the empty restaurant lot.
A Texas-based chain, Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen looks like a scene straight out of the secret garden. Lush, green, and pretty-as-a-picture, the restaurant is shaded by tall trees and brick alcoves.
For the first time (in a very long time), I didn’t feel shy or embarrassed to strut around and take pictures. I felt confident because I was embracing my personal style.
Read More: How To Be A Spontaneous Traveler
19 Travel Fashion Tips For 2019
- Leggings are the most adaptable pieces: Easy to dress-up or dress-down, leggings are comfortable and versatile.
- There is no such thing as “out of fashion”: If you tell me jean jackets are out-of-style, I will happily fight you over a cup of tea.
- Pick shoes for walking: Even if you’re not planning on walking, pick shoes that let your feet breathe.
- Airport style is a fancy term for athleisure: Leggings, an oversized t-shirt, a hoodie, and sneakers. Comfort trumps fashion on a ten hour flight.
- Scarves are musts: From a chic summer hair accessory to a winter necessity, scarves are one of my favorite wardrobe staples.
- Keep your hair natural: Straightening or curling takes up a lot of valuable sightseeing time.
- Pack a spare evening dress: You’ll never know when you need it.
- Fashion does not have to be expensive: The cute floral dress I’m wearing (with lace up details on the sleeve) was $6.
- Pick colors that work well with your skin tone: I have a dusky skin tone so I love wearing pastel colors that bring out my natural complexion.
- Thrift stores & markets have the cutest finds: My earrings were actually a gift from my mum. She found them in a street market near Charminar.
- Try a natural makeup routine: Here’s mine.
- Experiment with bold colors: While I love a neutral palette (and most of my wardrobe is black), a good pop of color is always fun and exciting.
- Own a jacket that goes with your everything in your closet: Pick a jacket that complements most of your current wardrobe.
- Skip metal jewelry: Unnecessary security issues. Need I say more?
- Pack light: Remove half the clothes you think you need.
- Pick an outfit that accentuates your best features: You’ll feel more confident.
- Wear something that makes you confident: If you walk confidently, you’re automatically fashionable.
- A smile is a killer accessory: Enough said.
- Wear something that inspires you to explore: You only get one chance to see the world. So go out there with a smile.
Did you enjoy this post on what is personal style? Let me know in the comments below what your favorite travel style tips are. As always, I love hearing from you.