Customize your wardrobe to fit your personality

Oct 8, 2009 at 11:50 a.m. ET

Take a look at the women around you and you'll see that style is definitely individual and almost always reflects your personality. After all, that's why it's called "personal style"! How can you customize your wardrobe to fit your personality?

Woman in Fashion Closet

Don't go tossing out everything in your closet in favor of all new threads that will reveal your personality. Chances are, what already exists in your closet can help you determine what type of clothing best fits your personality.


First, go through your closet and pick out your five favorite outfits. Then ask yourself why those are your favorites. Because you look great in them, and they make you feel good, right? Right, but they also probably reflect your personality without you even realizing it.

Now ask yourself how those items fit your personality, and consider those things when purchasing new items. For example, if the five things you pulled out are all red, perhaps you love getting noticed when you walk into a room. This doesn't mean you always have to wear bold colors, but dressing in eye-catching clothing (unique patterns, interesting styles) could become a signature style that fits your personality.

Go global

If you are a world traveler, collecting different clothing from your travels is a great way to let your wardrobe fit your personality. No, we're not suggesting that you just pick up a tee shirt from the airport of every town you visit. Every culture has its very own style and, as you travel, you can pick up style tips to incorporate into a worldly look that is all your own.

Sporty or shopaholic?

We know that fashion isn't supposed to be about practicality, but in the real world, it sometimes has to be. For example, if you are a sporty type that's always hiking, hitting the gym or shooting hoops at the local park, it doesn't make much sense to be gallivanting around in heels and a mini skirt. However, you don't have to succumb to baggy tee shirts and sweat pants. There are some adorable trends in workout gear (flattering boot cut yoga pants, for example), so you can look great while staying true to your personality. Think about your lifestyle and dress accordingly.

Select your signature

An easy way to incorporate your personality into your wardrobe is by selecting a signature item and implementing it by way of accessorizing. Hats, big jewelry, over-sized sunglasses, shoes and handbags can all be handpicked to suit your style and can help any outfit look like it has been customized to fit your personality. The accessory can also do double duty as a practical item. For example, if you are a night owl and enjoy the nightlife, big sunglasses can disguise tired eyes the next day.

You don't have to be a slave to fashion, and there's no point in trying to be something you are not. If you are not comfortable wearing the latest trend, it's not going to do you any favors anyway. Your wardrobe should reflect your best you and you can't present your best self if you are constantly tugging at hems or limping around in shoes that are three inches too tall for you. Always stay true to yourself and your style.

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