The Evolution of Style

By Catherine Cassidy

The final article of a series to help you Find Your Inner Fashionista culminates with this article to guide you through your own personal evolution of style.

Even the biggest celebrities have had fashion mishaps. Even the stars that we now look to as style icons! Why? Because they’ve worked on refining their style over the years and they’ve invested in getting some help so they can learn.

A novel idea, huh?

The only evidence you need is one of those In Style picture layouts of their evolution. And it really is an evolution.

When you’re young, you go for the trends. This explains the major mishaps in the 80s (though, there were some successes). As you get older, you start to pay more attention what you really like and what you’re lifestyle calls for. This is also known as maturity.  You focus more on yourself and less on what other people think of you (ideally!). Like a fine wine, I truly believe that style only gets better with age.

Think about it, if you’re particular enough, you’re amassing quite a wardrobe one great item of a time. Plus, you’re trying new things, but you’re not compromising to fit a trend. You’re focused on your career and getting ahead. You’re well aware that your image is a part of how you’ll be perceived and thus how quickly you’ll advance. You start earning more, so you can buy nicer things. Your wardrobe becomes about quality, not quantity. You’ve also been getting great jewelry as gifts over the years.

Get the picture?

I’ve asked my clients how they feel about style. Is it an essence? Is it innate? Or learned.

I believe it’s all of the above.

So, a few quick tips to get you started learning about great style, so that it becomes innate and thus you have that confidence that is the essence of a stylish woman.

Cleanse your Closet

Take some time to go through your closet and throw out everything that doesn’t speak to what you need in your life. Really focus on what you actually wear and if you have to ask a friend to help for an honest second opinion. You need to edit down to the best pieces that you can mix and match to create stunning outfits.

Never Buy Impulsively

I do believe in love at first sight, but this is a rare occurrence. Be honest with yourself and only buy things you truly know you’ll wear and if you can already think of at least 3 ways you can wear an item. You’re working to build a fabulous wardrobe you can constantly mix and match with endless options. (Trust me, it’s a very cool thing!)

Research and Learn

There are so many great resources out to learn and understand Fashion and Style. Take advantage of them. Two of my favorite magazines, Lucky and In Style, are really great for uncovering the trends for readers, but also show you how to wear them (more importantly, according to your body type!).

Also, don’t be afraid to ask an expert! This can be a stylist you hire to really show you the ropes or a salesperson you work with at a store. A personal salesperson is a great resource because they can keep an eye out for the best deals for you in their store. An expert is a necessary resource because they can answer the questions you didn’t even know you had!

Just Play!

Don’t be afraid to try new things. If you have a brainstorm for an outfit from items you have in your closet, don’t be afraid to try them. You might surprise yourself! And even if it doesn’t work, you’ll eventually get to a point where you know exactly what will work. Can you imagine how drastically this can affect the total time it takes you to get ready in the morning?

Trying new things means attempting accessories you would have otherwise shied away from, color combos that seem a bit bold and combining pieces of your wardrobe that you’ve never tried (possibly because you didn’t buy them together!).

Get Inspired

Take advantage of all those gossip magazines and websites to track what celebrities are wearing. They’ve had the help of a stylist, so you can learn through them. Also, you’ll start to identify what you are really drawn to as an aesthetic. Start an inspiration folder for you to keep track of these images to reference back to.


Add Accessories

Accessories really show that you have style because they are often the final touch that completes a look and really pulls it all together. Consider a statement necklace or a statement ring wardrobe staples. Depending on your body type, you’ll wear a belt differently, but belts are phenomenal for creating a shape that you might not have thought you had. Even if it’s just a cool bag, accessories are key for polishing off a look!

Taking leave of the Corporate Fashion Industry, Catherine Cassidy founded U*styled in 2008 to support busy women everywhere. YOU are our mission. U*styled is dedicated to empowering women and giving you the tools to discover the lifestyle you deserve through personal style. Her unique approach to Personal Styling and Brand Image has had her work across a broad range of industries and career stages including Real Estate, Finance, Consulting, Marketing, Advertising, Entertainment, Entrepreneurs and Celebrity Entrepreneurs.

Addition STYLE resources:

3 Quick Tips to Headturning Style

Fashion Under 50: Rock the Wedge

Finding Your Inner Fashionista