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How to Create Your Personal Signature Look


Have you ever wanted to have a signature look? Maybe you want to simplify the process of getting dressed in the morning, or maybe you’re in a career where having a “signature look” actually makes a difference. DJs, music artists, and fashion bloggers, for example, often benefit significant from having a signature look. Creating a signature look for yourself is a great way to lend yourself a cohesive sense of style, and it can give people who follow your career an easy way to recognize you. Here are some key tips for defining your signature style with clothing.



Understand your body type.

It’s important to understand your particular body type as you approach dressing your body. All body types are beautiful, and depending on your particular shape, some styles might be more flattering on you than others. Moreover, what’s flattering on other people might not necessarily be quite as flattering on you. Ask yourself what your body’s best assets are. If you naturally have a slender waist, giving you an hourglass figure, then belted blazers and crop tops will look especially great on you. If you naturally have slender arms and wider hips, giving you more of a pear shape, then “fit and flare” dresses might be just for you. If you have a broader chest and narrower hips, meanwhile, then you might draw attention to your legs with wide leg pants or bootleg denim. Overall, the most important thing is to decide what you love most about your body and to accentuate that with the way you dress.

Consider your lifestyle.

Considering your lifestyle is a good way to figure out which items in your closet are going to see the most use in the long run. Do you thrive in a business environment, where you are required to dress up five days a week? Chances are your style is going to be defined as more classy and sophisticated. Are you a creative who thrives best in casual environments? Chances are your signature style is more laid-back. Are you a busy mom who does her best to look put together on a daily basis? Maybe your signature style will include no-nonsense dresses and comfortable, yet stylish flats.


Go with what works.

Which clothing items do you find yourself returning to again and again? Try to pick out five items from different categories (tops, dresses, skirts, pants, etc.) that you would wear every day if it were socially acceptable. This should tell you something about which styles you naturally gravitate towards. Ask yourself questions about the particular style of each item, such as:

Is it crisp and tailored, or soft and relaxed?
What is the fit like? Is it fitted or more flowy?
What fabric is it made of?
Is it solid or patterned?
What color is it? Does the color complement you especially well?
What parts of your body does it accentuate?
What image does this piece project? Professional? Casual? Edgy?

Be careful not to fall into a rut.

Now that you’ve taken an inventory of what styles of clothing you naturally gravitate towards, it’s important to avoid buying too many of the same thing for your closet. Sure, maybe you love the look of black denim, but you don’t necessarily need three pairs of black skinny jeans. Use your favorite styles as a starting point, and then look for pieces that complement these styles.


Get rid of what isn’t working.

In addition to looking at what is working in your wardrobe, it’s a good idea to figure out what isn’t working. Remove any clothing pieces from your closet that you regret buying, that you’ve yet to wear, or that you have been saving for some fictional occasion will likely never come. Once you’ve done this, your closet should much more strongly reflect your personal style. In addition, ask yourself the same questions here that you did when taking an inventory of your favorite wardrobe pieces. This will help you avoid buying similar things in the future, which will only draw away from your personal style.

Go by the 60-40 rule.

While not a fashion requirement, of course, the 60-40 rule for building your wardrobe is a good rule of thumb when shopping for staple wardrobe items versus trendy wardrobe items. According to the rule, 60 percent of your wardrobe should be made up of staples—things like classic denim, a chambray shirt, a plain white tee, a smart white shirt, and a little black dress. The other 40 percent you should reserve for those more trendy items that complement your style, but will likely have a shorter lifespan in your closet. Trendy items in your closet might include printed trousers, a two-piece dress, a unique blouse, or chunky jewelry. In short, think of building your signature wardrobe as stocking up on staple pieces and then accenting with trendy items that complement your style.


Annmarie John
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  1. When it comes to choosing clothing, It's so important to know what looks good on you. I have an hourglass figure (with a little too much sand stuck in the middle) and I pretty much know what works and what doesn't when it comes to my style. I tend to stick to classic pieces and throw in a few trendy things. Great advice!

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    1. That is very true. I have seen people who looked like they squeezed themselves into an outfit and have no idea how they will get out. :)

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  2. These tips are fantastic! You can't just slap any old thing on and expect it to work out. All of these ideas and suggestions are perfect for anyone who wants to make their look or update their look. Thanks!

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    1. That is true. You gotta know what looks good and what doesn't look good on you.

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  3. I think understanding body type is so important. In many ways, I'm only now finding what looks good after years of not really getting it. I just have a sort of skewed body image that isn't necessarily true anymore. Like I thought I was as flat-chested as my youth until I got properly measured!

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    1. Understanding your body type is very important. Good to know that you've figured out what looks great on you but I've always seen you look good. :)

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  4. What an easy enough way to create your own signature look, I am in love with this outfit choice. Great tips!

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    1. Thank you Sarah and it is very easy to do, and once you get the hang of it, you'll be good to go.

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  5. What great advice and agree with all, especially dressing for your lifestyle, as with working at home here that has become one of the key factors in helping me when going clothes shopping, as well.

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    1. Since I work from home myself, I tend to stick to jeans and tees but I do have a few things that I buy for dressing up purposes.

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  6. I am not a fashion forward type of person. I think my husband wishes I would be sometimes. Just give me jeans and a T-shirt and I'm a happy camper. I will use your tips to try to make my wardrobe more up-to-date and complement my body.

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    1. You sound very much like me. I'm a jeans and tee kinda girl myself. :)

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  7. This is such great advice. I need to figure out my own personal style besides gymwear LOL

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    1. Well maybe gym wear could be your personal style. ;) I'm actually pretty comfortable in sweats.

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  8. I know a few people who could do well with reading this post. Especially those obese people who think they look great in spandex. Spandex tights are NOT for everyone.

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    1. Oh I say that all the time. Spandex is NOT for everyone. :)

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  9. Great tips! Everyone has their own style! I like to keep it casual.

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    1. And casual is ok too. You know your style and you rock it!

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  10. I have a little bit of a pooch, not horribly bad but enough to botger me so i avoid babydoll tops at all costs. They make me look pregnant and wide! Lol who thought those were a good idea?

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    1. Oh I'm with you on that. I no longer have my totally flat stomach that I had years ago so there are certain clothing that I just wouldn't wear. Babydolls are one of them. :)

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  11. I am loving this post! Everyone deserves to know how to truly represent themselves through their style. I am always mixing it up to keep things interesting.

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  12. I was really into fashion before i started a family. I prefer to wear jeans and black t shirt on daily basis.

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    1. You sound a lot like me. I used to be very much into fashion. I would always dress up, now I'm all about jeans and tee myself.

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  13. Love this! I have never heard of the 60-40 rule before. I am totally guilty of being stuck in a rut when it comes to my wardrobe. Even though I have a closet full of clothes I end up pulling out and wearing the same things all the time. I really need to go through my closet, try on everything, and get rid of what doesn't work. Thanks for the reminder to get this done and make room for some new items!

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    1. You're very welcome Jaclyn, I need to do the same thing too myself.

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  14. This is wonderful advice. I really love the outfit you choose. I need to style advice. I am losing a lot of weight and want to learn to dress nicer.

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    1. Take a look around and see what you can mix and match in your closet. Figure out what looks good and what doesn't. You don't need a lot of money to look nice.

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  15. This is very helpful I'm still trying to boost my confidence. I am so conscious with my figure. My arm and tummy are my biggest insecurities. I will keep in mind everything that you have said here and just love myself more.

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    1. Oh I'm very self conscious about the way I look as well. My tummy is my biggest insecurity because it's no longer flat and I know I can work out to make it look better, but I'm usually too lazy to do so. :)

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  16. I have a signature style. I'm long and skinny so I've figured out what works on my body type and I've run with it. I will try new things here and there.

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    1. When you know your style you don't need to do anything else. Rock that look!

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  17. My signature look just seems to be a pair of jeans and t shirt or work out pants and shirt. I really wish I wore prettier things.

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    1. I'm pretty sure that you can if you put a little effort into it. Go and buy a few colorful shirts if you do want to continue wearing your jeans and brighten up your wardrobe a little.

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  18. Great tips! I definitely think that knowing your body type and dressing for your age are key factors in developing your own style.

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    1. They sure are! I've seen quite a lot of people with adult kids who dress much younger than their own children and sometimes it's embarrassing.

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  19. These are great tips! I've been getting into the habit of regularly going through my closet and finding things that just aren't going to get worn anymore.

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    1. I am actually thinking of doing that this weekend. I threw out quite a lot of things when I spring cleaned but it's time for more items to go.

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  20. This is such great advice! Everyone has their own style and for this it's so important to know what looks good!

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    1. Yes everyone has their style and it's truly good to know what works for you.

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  21. Nice tips! I've got a pretty good idea of how to dress well (signature look). Love the 60-40 rule of thumb for what you should own in your closet... I'll have to remember that!

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    1. Oh my signature look is jeans and tee and that 60-40 rule is awesome!

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