Style and You

stlePersonal fashion style is about getting to know yourself. It is about being connected with the very essence of who YOU are – and be confident about it! So what exactly is YOU and what does it have to do with fashion? Creating your own personal style is the art of combining an outfit, or an image if you will, based on the various aspects of your personality and lifestyle, which consists of: your taste, interests, desires, inspirations, aspirations and history. You bring a couple (or all) of them together and let it shine in the way you dress.

Why Is It Important to Develop a Personal Fashion Style?

It sets you apart from the rest – the awkward-looking fashion victims you see out there on the street and in the cookie-cutter media. It may look good on a runway model but we all don’t look like them. That is why some trends and clothing styles you see in magazines just don’t look good on some people.

Fashion is about looks and image that are popular in a specific time and period. Style on the other hand, is more about expressing your individuality through clothes, and it doesn’t have an expiration date. It’s more REAL. Fashion gives you the inspiration, ideas and the nudge to dare – and style is what you make out of it. It takes a lot of trial and error to find your personal clothing style, so don’t worry about making mistakes along the way. In fact, developing your personal fashion style is a journey not a destination. Experimenting and just having fun help you get to know yourself better.

Some tips to get you going
1. Understand your body
2. Understand your personality and colors
3. Make sure that every item you buy fits you
4. Only follow the latest trends when they fit your body type
5. Follow the three F’s : flatters, fits, finances

For more practical tips and a chance to ask all your questions, join us at Afara on Saturday, 8th by 2.30 pm for the last part of the Style and You seminar with a very experienced and skilled fashionista.

Published by Afara Leadership Centre

Afara Leadership Centre was set up in 1987 to provide an enabling environment for total personal development as well as growth in leadership skills and values for young women in their years of secondary and tertiary education. It is located at 25 Thorburn Avenue, off Montgomery, Yaba, Lagos State, Nigeria. It is a project of Women’s Board of the Education Cooperation Society, a Nigerian not-for-profit, non-governmental organization. The spiritual formation given in the Centre is entrusted to Opus Dei, an institution of the Catholic Church

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