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With the advent of social media and consumer culture in full swing, the desire to be on-trend is growing rapidly. With influencers pushing products and media devoting more attention to appearance, it’s easy to feel uncomfortable in your own skin. And unfortunately, fashion trends will always be a thing, especially given the growing online platform, which allows models across the globe to showcase their newest wardrobe additions. While the pressure to conform to these trends can be quite intense on both an internal and external level, the best style queues come from within. There are ways you can easily avoid giving into the latest fad and become more comfortable with your own wardrobe choices.

Develop a Strong Sense of Self Style

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If you don't know who you are as a person, it is easy to give in to the ideas of others. The character of a person is largely represented by the way they are clothed. So, if you get a new outfit to mimic the latest trends, it becomes easy to lose your personality in the process. Instead of coming off as trendy, you may look as if you aim to follow the crowd.

Admittedly, we all have seen a hat or t-shirt sported by our favorite celebrity and felt compelled to purchase of one of our own, but if most of your wardrobe stems from the ideas of other people, you may need to self-reflect. Spend some time trying to decide what is valuable to you and what you want your clothes to say about you. Block out any opinions of others and decide which look you would go for if fashion trends weren't a thing. This may take some time, but the goal is to develop your true identity and gain enough self-confidence to dress in a manner that makes you feel liberated.

Dress for Your Age

While the line for age appropriation is becoming more and more blurred, the truth is that not every trend is designed for all ages. This doesn't mean that you have to hide your body once you show signs of aging.

The key is to look authentic and appropriate. Beauty knows no age, but the body does change as it ages as does the idea of what is appropriate. Choose clothing that will fit properly and accentuate your natural shape, and ask yourself if you would feel comfortable wearing the outfit amongst friends of the same age. Don’t be afraid of incorporating color, bold accessories, or other statement pieces into your wardrobe.

Match Your Skin Tone

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It's important to know what colors work well for your skin tone and which ones don't. Certain colors may make you look washed out or tired, while others can highlight flaws in your skin. In order to choose the right color scheme, you will want to pay attention to your veins and the undertones of your skin. If you have purple or blue veins, you are a cool toned. If your veins are green in color, you have a warm tone. Try wearing red, yellow, and orange clothing to complement a warm tone. Purple, green, and blue are better suited for those with a cool tone. If you find it difficult to determine the color of your veins because you are of a darker or deep skin tone, both vibrant colors as well as darker hues will look great on you.

Be Aware of Your Size

Regardless of how big or small your frame is, it is always more appealing to wear clothes that fit. Don't be discouraged if you are a fan of loose-fitting clothing. Certain brands are designed for a more baggy fit, but if your paints are sagging from your waistline, you should probably try another size. Even clothing that is designed to expose certain areas, such as the midriff, should fit properly. If the clothing restricts your breathing, rides up uncomfortably as you move, or exposes underwear, you may consider picking a different size. If you want the pieces in your wardrobe to last for years, a proper fit is crucial.

Incorporate Your Personality

Your attire should give people a sense of who you are as a person. Your choice of clothing holds the power of self-expression. Don't let commercial fashion place a brand upon you. If you are into bohemian pieces, don’t be afraid to experiment with them. If you like high heels and statement jewelry, figure out a way to incorporate them into your wardrobe. If you’re dressing with someone else in mind, you’ll never feel truly comfortable in your wardrobe.

Understand the Goal Behind the Trend

Behind every new fashion trend, there is a host of large businesses looking to profit from your insecurities. Each trend is a part of a larger marketing technique. The goal of the manufacturers is to show you a glamorized product and convince you that purchasing it will make you more desirable. In the end, you don’t need it.

That said, there is nothing wrong with purchasing a piece of clothing that captivates you. Just don't be deceived into buying items that won’t ultimately make you happy.

Maintaining your individuality while trying to stay up on the latest trends is a challenge. Being true to yourself will keep you from buying pieces that won’t make you happy or help you express yourself. Trends will come and go, but how you respond to these moments is what builds your character and makes you unique. Dress to appease yourself, not others.

If you truly want to build a stylish and unique wardrobe all your own, why not try meeting with a personal stylist? Whether you want to make a big impression in a job interview, need your holiday looks to shine, have a party to prep for, planning for a wedding or simply decided you need a complete wardrobe upgrade, My Shopping Date will help you find the ideal personal stylist and personal shopper to suit your requirements. Meet with one of our stylists today!

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