Have you ever stopped and pondered whether the clothes you wear match your personality? I frequently tell people that the work I do involves helping clients find a style that matches their personality. But lately I’ve been thinking about occasions in my own life where my personal style and personality haven’t always seen eye to eye. Leaving me questioning whether matching the two is necessary at all?
The concept behind the two being interwoven is that your personality comes through in the clothes you wear. How often have you read on blogs or seen elsewhere, quotes mentioning expressing ones personality through their clothes. There’s no denying that the clothes you wear provides you with an opportunity to express your personality. If your clothes aren’t congruent with your personality your style could come across as awkward. Sometimes having the right attitude to accompany the outfit makes the style.
If you’re comfortable with who you are in the first instance and your style goals have been met (a style that you like) then there’s a strong possibility that your style will match your personality. Alternatively, if you have no particular style in mind, but you’re comfortable being you, then you can dress to match your personality. If you’re really struggling and don’t know where to start in terms of your style then this would be where a professional could help.
But there are times where you maybe going through a transition with your style or personality even. My own example would be going back to my early 20s where I was making the transition from baggy hip-hop inspired clothing to smarter-casual attire. My personality certainly didn’t match either style to be honest, I was essentially ‘faking it, until I made it’. I wanted a classic, sophisticated style, but that certainly didn’t match my personality.
I could have gone out and bought a suave new wardrobe but inside I would have still been a man-child. You may find yourself dressing because others perceive you a certain way. In order to keep up appearances your style continues to represent how you’re expected to look even when inside you feel your personality would suit something different all together.
So as our personalities evolve, so does our style. You can go out and drop £1000 on a new wardrobe, but the same can’t be said for our personalities. They take time to develop and during these transitions, our style and personality may not always sync up.
As always I’d love to as you, my readers…
Are you going through a transitional phase with your personal style? or do you feel your style and personality match?