While I was on vacation last month I read Christian Siriano’s book, Fierce Style and How to Be Your Most Fabulous Self. You may remember him as the winner of Project Runway, Season 4 and who could forget his signature phrase, “Fierce!”
Christian is bold, confident and memorable because of his catch phrase and unique appearance.
Are you memorable because of a signature item or phrase?
Now, more than ever, your outside image needs to reflect your personality and who you are on the inside. Your personal brand includes your clothing, identity and style. Defining your personal brand is one thing, but trying to build your physical image as a young professional can be a tough challenge.
In college it’s not essential to have a style, some hoodies and jeans will suffice. However, out in the real world we’re expected to dress appropriately, but to also wear things that represent who we are. Clothing and appearance are two of the most important parts of a first impression. They also work as individual billboard, showcasing your style through attire. Clothing and accessories are one of the easiest ways to promote your brand and personality.
But, what if you don’t know your style? How do you find what to wear? Where should you start?
How To Find Your Personal Style With Pinterest
Pinterest is a new web and iPhone application that collects virtual images on customized digital bulletin boards. It’s self described as a “Virtual pinboard to organize and share the things you love.” Pinterest can be used to gather inspiration and images you find on the web, or collect photos you snap on your smart phone.
Find a pair of shoes you want to add to your wish list? Spot a sweater or two you think could be nice additions to your wardrobe? Grab the photos, pin them to one of your special digital boards and then share your boards with friends.
Over time, you’ll start to notice color palettes and a theme emerge.
If you’re still struggling with your personal style, think back to when you were younger. What did you like to do growing up? Did you have a treasured item? What were your favorite types of entertainment? Or, ask your close friends and family. People who have known you a long time will also have a good sense of your style over time.
Start small with Pinterest. After a month or so, look back at your boards and see if your personal style has emerged. You may be pleasantly surprised your style was right under your nose the whole time!