Discovering Your Personal Style: Tips and Techniques for Finding Your Aesthetic

Your personal aesthetic

A personal aesthetic is an individual’s unique sense of style and taste, which influences their choices in fashion, art, design, and other creative pursuits. It reflects a person’s values, interests, and personality, and can change and evolve over time.

There are many ways to develop and express a personal aesthetic. Some people are naturally drawn to certain styles and forms of expression, while others may actively seek out new experiences and influences to shape their aesthetics.

Fashion is often a way for people to express their personal aesthetics, and clothing and accessories can be used to make a statement or convey a mood. Art, music, and literature can also be sources of inspiration for a personal aesthetic, as can nature, architecture, and cultural experiences.

Developing a personal aesthetic can be a fun and rewarding process of self-discovery and self-expression. It can also be a way to connect with others who share similar interests and values.

There is no right or wrong way to have a personal aesthetic, and it is important to remember that it is a highly personal and subjective matter. What is most important is that a person’s aesthetic reflects their authentic self and allows them to feel comfortable and confident in their own skin.

clothing aesthetics

There are many different types of clothing aesthetics to choose from, and what is considered stylish can vary widely depending on cultural and personal preferences. If you are having trouble finding your style, it can be helpful to think about what styles you relate to most and suit your personal sense of self-


To do this, consider your personal style and what types of clothing make you feel comfortable, confident, and true to yourself. Look for inspiration and experiment with different styles to see what works for you. You can also mix and match elements from different styles to create your own unique look.

Please be aware that my qualifications do not include professional training as a personal stylist. However, I do offer personal consulting services that focus on helping individuals define their personal style and enhance their personal growth. My background includes a degree in psychology and business, but my interest in fashion has driven me to acquire knowledge about style and self-expression, which I am happy to share with others do not claim to be an expert in personal styling, but I believe that we can all learn from one another and share helpful information on the subject. Please use the information provided here as a starting point for your own exploration and discovery of your personal style.

for the purpose of this article, I will be using my personal aesthetic as an example.

Street chic / Urban

My core personal style is street chic. This style resonates with my personality because it reflects the modern, urban, and artsy vibe of the city where I live, as well as my love for art and museums, and retro coffee shops where I do most of my writing. By using street chic as my foundation, I can easily switch up my look and try out other styles, like casual everyday wear or glamorous outfits, by simply changing my jacket or shoes. This versatility allows me to express my personal style in a variety of different ways. Keep in mind that it’s possible to be a combination of many fashion styles. Ultimately, the key is to find our core aesthetic that provides a solid foundation to build on our own personal style.

It’s important to note that finding your personal style doesn’t mean you can’t branch out and try other styles, like vintage or romantic, on occasion. These styles might not be your daily go-to, but they can be fun to incorporate for special occasions or weekends or you can add elements of romanticism into your style if you wish.

Build your prime basics

When selecting my outfits, I start by deciding which colors I want to work with. Living in Dubai, where the weather is mostly consistent, allows me to plan my outfits more easily. Even though it can get quite hot during the summer months, many of the places I go to are indoors or a combination of indoor and outdoor spaces, so the weather doesn’t have much of an impact on my personal style. However, during the winter months, temperatures can drop significantly, which gives me the opportunity to layer my outfits more. During the colder months, I enjoy the opportunity to experiment with layering different clothing items to create a fresh and unique appearance.

When choosing my outfits, I like to start by creating a color palette of about 5 colors that I think will work well together. This helps me to narrow down my options and focus on creating a cohesive look. However, I’m open to changing the colors or adding more later if I find something that I think will work better. I find that starting with a color palette helps to prevent me from getting overwhelmed and pulling random items out of my closet, leading to a feeling of confusion and frustration when I can’t find anything to wear.

Once I have chosen the colors I want to work with, I begin selecting footwear. It is important to limit yourself to no more than 10 per style when building your core style. As you become more comfortable and efficient at putting together outfits, you can begin to add bold colors, shoes, jackets, and accessories. The key is to start simple.


If you’re still not sure what your personal style is check out my next article where I interpret different styles such as classic, cyberpunk, e-girl, and many more.

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Sharilynn Hanslo
About the author: Shari enjoys writing about topics that interest her. She is a Bachelor of science - psychology major with a background in nutrition and fitness. She enjoys travelling to new countries and immersing herself in a new culture. She's also taught English in Cambodia and Thailand as well as spent some time in Europe."I'm biracial, born in South Africa, and have an identity crisis at least once a year"

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