The essential factor in one’s life which enables an individual to stand-out of cliché perception of oneself and proceed gracefully in becoming an example for others is what I call attire. I bear in mind the fact that if one should not be uncomfortable of bold prints, a four inch high stilettos or seek pleasure in wearing classic pant suits or dressing – up in formals or for that matter mixing & matching things, one should never be horrified of their choices like glitter & pink or choosing any of one’s favourites, a dash of red or a patch of sterling silver. If an individual is comfortable in their own skin, especially when presenting oneself to or interacting with other people there is an instinctive sense of confidence. It is rightly said by Edith Head “You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it”. I am a believer that dressing has a lot to do with our thoughts but at the same time if I always wear black that doesn’t mean I don’t have a colourful mind, similarly, sometimes we all should step-out of pre-conceived ways & try something different. An individual’s attire can illustrate an idea of one’s personality in other’s mind. Personality and attire are two different pillars but without either, a person is incomplete.  One’s personality can definitely be depicted by attire, but attire cannot define personality.  Personality is one of the most ethereal elements in one’s life. How the person carries out himself/herself is definitely the reflection of their genuine personality.  There is a very common saying “First impression is the last impression” and there is hardly any person who doesn’t preach this saying. Good or bad, how you carry yourself before the presentation of your flowery words; is your personality that would leave a remark in the mind of a person. When we talk about attire, attire is not what you wear according to the “trend” but what makes you and your body comfortable and at the same time you are not much conscious about the clothes you are wearing. How you carry the outfit is what matters and that’s exactly how you will be judged on your personality.  TRY TO KNOW YOURSELF Tips to get you started: 1)   Know yourself: An important point of view of attire and style is knowledge about self. The way you dress should showcase your tastes, interests, desires, aspirations and history.  2) Search an inspiration: Search for a celebrity whose personality and lifestyle you can relate to. Make a note of the attire choices and the mixture he/she makes and try to include them in your closet. 3) Discard the clothes that don’t represent your style: Take an honest look at your wardrobe. No matter how wonderful a garment is, it may simply not go with one’s personality. One may never feel good dressing in it. Give it on to someone who will love wearing it rather than keeping it as a showpiece. 4) Gain knowledge about your body: An individual should dress in silhouettes and trends that showcase one’s figure as more flat than it is actually. In this manner, one can make garment related choices that will boost and suit one’s body shape. 5) Go on shopping alone: Shopping can be a great step for establishing strong girl connections/ relation; sometimes it’s better to go alone. This will permit one to make choices in the direction of the aim of dressing in a way that showcases the image one wants for oneself, not by the levels and prospects of other people. 6) Be a style statement: One should take it as a compliment if someone sees a garment and says “it’s your style”. This just shows that you have a trademark style by which people remember you. 7) Play dressing related games: If one has time, one should spend a day by one’s wardrobe developing many outfit options, down to accessories and shoes. WHY FOLLOW ANY RULE Here are common style symbolisms or clothing personality types. Most of us are a blend of many personalities. Remember that there are no strict rules in clothing; what is most essential is that one feels confident and comfortable, no matter what is the situation.
  1. Classic: Commanded by closet basics such as shift dresses, striped tops, ballet flats. Clean and straight lines, neutral colours such as black, gray and white. Style icons: Coco Chanel, Victoria Beckham, Angelina Jolie.
  2. Dramatic: Love to make a powerful style expression. Styles are glam and intimidate. Use of bold jewellery and straight lines. Style icons: Anne Hathaway, Monica Bellucci.
  3. Romantic: A love for everything pretty and nice. Delicate jewellery. Ruffles, lace, pleats, soft fabrics. Style icons: Marilyn Monroe, Scarlett Johansson.
  4. Sporty: Girl next door. Easy-to-wear clothes like casual tees and jeans. Style icons: Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz.
  5. Trendy: Conscious of the latest IT items. Style icons: Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton
  6. Eclectic: Mixing different styles in one. Usually creative people. Likes to contrast various styles. Style icons: Diana Vreeland, Kate Moss, Chloe Sevigny.
  7. Bohemian: Bend toward exotic pieces and hippie vibe. Style icons: Nicole Richie, Rachel Zoe, Diane Von Furstenberg.
  8. Urban: Edgy and modern. Inspired by music and street. Staples include cargo pants, tank tops, sneakers, gold hoop earrings. Style Icons: Beyoncé, Gwen Stefani, Rihanna.
 Jyoti Arora
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