Of all the many things that grow naturally as time passes, style is often not included. It’s easy to wear the same clothes in the same way for months or years on end. For some, this is fine, but for many, switching, altering, and growing style is important, but difficult. QNDP has created steps that we think aid the growth of style.
- Set a goal look or aesthetic. It’s a lot easier to change something when you know what you want it to be. Pull interest from friends, Instagram, runway shows, streetwear, brands, celebrities, movies, shows, books, designers, the list goes on. Whatever you find that inspires you, take it and run with it. When you’ve targeted a look, think about where you want to take it, how intense or subtle it should be, what kinds of outfits you’d wear, if you could go formal and casual with it, etc. Essentially, this step is imagining exactly what style you want, and exactly how that style is going to look.
- See what you can do with what you already have. I know very few people that can afford to go out and purchase an entirely new wardrobe, so this step is imperative. So many of us have clothes in our possession that we simply don’t wear. Try those clothes on again! Match things you usually wouldn’t. See how much of your current style can supplement your goal style. Wearing different pairings, accessories, and attitudes will take you far when it comes to growing your style. Additionally, using clothes you already have helps you stay comfortable in what can be a fairly threatening period of growth.
- Thrift, thrift, and thrift again. Unless you’re one of the aforementioned people that can afford a new closet, thrifting will be your best friend. No matter what look you’re going for, thrift stores are bound to have pieces that work. While the price is obviously a huge plus, the most important part of thrifting is that it will make your look more personal. Having pieces that no one else has differentiates you from everyone else with style. I find that thrifting makes me try on clothes that I’d never think to try at large chain stores. Thrifting is versatile, so don’t give up if you don’t find anything at your first Goodwill: different stores accept different clothing, so find what tailors to you.
- Purchase any big ticket or staple items. If you need anything specific, this would be your time to buy it, such as a certain brand of shoes or jeans. This also encompasses things you need to buy that you’ll wear often, and want in a higher quality. If you’ve decided you want to grow your style by winter time, you’d want to buy a jacket for this step. If you already have the basics you need, you can skip to the next step.
- It’s all about how you rock it. If you go to an event wearing clothes that are unlike anything you’ve ever worn before, people are bound to notice, and it’s up to you to make that a positive or a negative. At QNDP, we endorse not caring about what others think of you, but what this step means is that you can allow stares and comments to make you feel uncomfortable, or you can let them gas you up! It’s about how you feel in the fit, not what anyone else thinks about it. Walk through the crowds or the hallways or the doors confidently, even if you are nervous.
All in all, growing style is generally scary. You don’t know if it will fit you, or if you’ll feel like a poser. Fortunately, however threatening it may seem, it’s always fun, and it’s always an opportunity for growth.