i have never really considered myself a fashionable person. for the longest time, i was content on wearing a simple t-shirt, jeans and flip-flops.
in my 20's i felt like i had a body that could go away with anything. i had very slim waist (which i sorely miss after having been pregnant), i quite like my legs and i'm generally quite well-proportioned even up to now, although not as slim and slender anymore... it's getting difficult with age.
but now, in my mid-30's, i'm thinking i should've already acquired some sort of sophistication and some semblance of personal style, at the very least...
i was lucky, though, to have acquired the luxury of time the past years for NOT having to work for three years. it has given me loads of free time to experiment and do some research on what looks good on me.
here are some of the styles that i've come to love and acquire from all the trial and error over the years...
|i love how easy and casual this looks -- simple black dress from Buddha Bear (Australian brand) with cream-colored dots, some cheap sandals from Rubi shoes and my Repetto bag (2014)|
|Chanel sunnies, MAC orange lipstick + Chanel rouge, Mango dress (2014)|
|J Crew sweater and shorts, Bensimon sneakers which i wore during my visit to the Antinori Vineyards in the Chianti Region in Tuscany, Italy (2014)|
|this sexy Tori Praver (via shopbop.com) cropped top (i so so love this cropped top), Zara jeans, Yosi Samra ballet flats for casual fridays at the office (2014)|
|Iora (Korean brand) mustard top, floral printed skirt from Kate Spade Saturday, Steve Madden D'Orsay flats (2015)|
|Little Black Dress from Ted Baker and some shoes I bought in France (I forgot the brand name) - 2015|
|J Crew ensemble - blue top and glittery striped skirt that can go from casual to festive, depending on what you wear it with... I was aiming for casual with a simple scooped tee (2015)|
|Marc by Marc Jacobs lightning bolt earrings... I love statement earrings like these when wearing a simple top (2015) sketched portrait in the background i did when my baby was almost one year old|
|back in my early 30's -- when i still had the lean long neck, perfect shoulders and slender arms for Maxi Dresses every day (2009)|
i can say that the personal style that i have achieved is simple, classy and easy. something that accentuates and flatters my physical attributes -- the natural curves and lines of my body, my skin tone, bone structure and my facial features. i go more for "accentuating" rather than "embellishing" or "hiding" or "exaggerating". the key is to strive for balance. for example, if you want to accentuate your lips, wear a bold lip color and then keep everything else minimal. if you want to wear prints, don't wear prints all over, keep the prints into one aspect of your wardrobe. otherwise, you will look chaotic and disorderly. there are so many tutorials and videos on how to properly accessorize. watch a lot of them.
also, learn to appreciate your good features and work on accentuating them. and if you fall short on others, like for some people with short neck, invest on lots of scooped neck and v-neck lines. don't wear lots of chunky necklaces. if you have a short torso, wear patterns and necklaces that elongate this body area. if you are short, like myself, wear lots of shorts and mini skirts. go easy on the high heels though. one of the most important things i've learned in France is to appreciate flat shoes. anything high above the knee should look good with nice decent flats. ;)
finally, i think the most important thing about having your own personal style is to wear whatever feels comfortable (almost like second skin) to you. you can never go wrong with that. if you feel comfortable and beautiful, then others will see that you feel beautiful and they will think the same way too.
and also, it's never too late to reinvent yourself. don't be scared to experiment. part of knowing what looks good on you is knowing also what DOES NOT look good on you. enjoy! ;)