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How to Change Your Personal Style

Some people are geniuses at reinventing themselves—Madonna comes to mind—but there’s no reason you can’t do it, too.


  • Step 1: Evaluate your style Evaluate your present style. Decide what’s working (your hair? your career clothes?) and what has room for improvement (your makeup? your casual wardrobe?).
  • TIP: Work with what you’ve got. There’s an old song that says you’ve got to 'accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.' If you’ve got great hair, invest in a good cut. If your posture is horrible, take up yoga or pilates.
  • Step 2: Emulate Pick someone whose looks you love and see what style lessons you can learn from them. For example, crisp white tees may be the foundation of a chic yet unfussy look.
  • TIP: Choose someone whose body at least somewhat resembles your own. Clothes that look great on six-foot-tall Uma Thurman are not going to look the same on the average 5’4' woman.
  • Step 3: Develop a trademark Develop a trademark. It could be anything from signature stilettos (think Carrie Bradshaw) to interesting pins to hair ornaments.
  • Step 4: Update your hairstyle Update your hairstyle. It’s an easy way to make a dramatic change--and to make sure your look isn’t stuck in a time warp.
  • Step 5: Accessorize Accessorize. A scarf instantly makes an outfit look smart--especially if it’s tied correctly in a classic style, like an ascot.
  • Step 6: Get new frames If you wear glasses, update your look with new frames that flatter. If not, invest in a pair of good sunglasses that suit the shape of your face.
  • Step 7: Get an eyebrow shaping Go for a professional eyebrow shaping. It’s an inexpensive way to instantly look more polished.
  • Step 8: Consider a color change Consider changing your hair color. A good colorist can tell you what best complements your complexion.
  • Step 9: Experiment Don’t be afraid to experiment with several styles until you find one that suits you.
  • FACT: Known for his offbeat style, Andy Warhol bequeathed his signature wig to David Bowie, who later wore it when he portrayed Warhol in the 1996 movie Basquiat.

You Will Need

  • Self-appraisal
  • Style icons
  • Money to update your look

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