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How to Find Your Personal Style

Everywhere you look there are clues to your personal style. You just need to do a little style-sleuthing.


  • Step 1: Look at art Look at the art on your walls; this is probably the best representation of your style. Abstract prints? You like modern design. A flea market painting? Your style's eclectic.
  • Step 2: Look for repeats Look for repeating colors, textures, shapes, and styles around your house and in your wardrobe that can tell you a lot about the things you frequently purchase, and therefore, your style favorites.
  • Step 3: List favorite shops List the shops you go to most often -- even if you just go to browse. Whether it's a flea market, a hip downtown boutique, or your parents' basement, where you shop represents your style.
  • Step 4: Use your favorite hotel Use your favorite hotel to tell you about your style. Whether you prefer a rustic bed and breakfast or a sleek, downtown high-rise, that hotel's clear design style is a tipoff to your own.
  • Step 5: Look at favorite room Look at the design of your favorite room in the house. Chances are, it's your style, so feel free to repeat it in the rest of the house.
  • Step 6: Don't ignore the odd Don't ignore that one odd piece that is different from anything else in the room. It may just hold the key to your true style.
  • FACT: One-time Vogue editor-in-chief Edna W. Chase said, "Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess."

You Will Need

  • Art evaluation
  • Repeating themes
  • List of favorite shops
  • Favorite hotel
  • Favorite room
  • 1 odd piece

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