Fashion is one of those things in life with endless ways to express yourself. Whether it be in cut, color, with accessories or without, the options are limitless! In this article I’ll explain some easy ways to show your personality through your sense of fashion, while remaining presentable.
When it comes to clothes, there are a lot of appropriate things for the workplace that most people don’t even consider as part of an outfit! Take hair accessories for instance. A statement headband or elastic can make a huge impact on your overall appearance and with all the options out there, you can say a lot! Fabric flowers can be both feminine and timeless, or bright, funky, and charming. Through different colors and textures, you can achieve some great results.
Customizing your wardrobe to fit your personality doesn’t always need to be expensive, either. What better way to express yourself than to make your own accessories or add to clothes you already have? Talk about saving your wallet! With a few simple everyday household items, you can turn that boring white-collar blouse into a work of art, while maintaining that professional look! You can embellish with a brooch made from buttons, fabric flowers, recycled beads, or even applique.
There are endless resources to help you find that crafty niche to customize your clothes, so don’t hesitate to browse the web or head to the craft book section of your local library and start getting creative.
There are also less daunting ways to express yourself through your sense of style for those who aren’t so craft savvy. Browsing through catalogs and magazines and finding things you really like might give you some inspiration for your everyday wear. I personally really like finding quirky things that represent my morals or beliefs, without being offensive. You can shop online for shirts, pins, or bags from various charitable organizations, where most of the proceeds are put to good use. If you’re one who is concerned for your environment and want to show that through your clothes, wear only up-cycled or recycled items, organic materials, or handmade goods. You don’t need to wear a t-shirt with a tree on it to the office to show you care about the earth.
Jewelry can also be a great element of expression throughout your wardrobe. Statement necklaces and rings can be inexpensive to buy or make yourself, and can say a lot about who you are. If you are really supportive of helping the autistic, a way to show that in your jewelry would be with puzzle pieces. Simply drill, poke, or cut a hole in a few and string them on a chain or ribbon. Rings are even easier, you can just glue something to a ring base (which are super inexpensive and sold at most craft outlets) and slide it on your finger. How easy is that?
When I was a young girl one of my favorite things to do that showed my sense of individuality was wear mismatching or crazy socks. No one could see them unless I showed them, so they were easy to conceal if in a formal setting. Most people would probably call that silly, but it was easy for me as a kid. I often did peculiar things with my clothes to show my personality, such as using fabric paints to stencil symbols or words, or cutting shapes in the sleeves or shoulders of shirts.
Wearing certain colors can also help to bring out your sense of individuality. Many people believe that colors represent certain powers or energies, emotions, or wants/goals. Yellow represents joy, sunshine, wisdom, and intellectual attitude. Have you ever felt really positive or happy speaking with someone wearing a nice, bright yellow blouse? How about red? Red can represent courage, or confidence. There’s a reason why a lot of salesmen wear red ties! Take some time to pick the color of your outfit. The colors you wear can influence your mood or the emotions of others around you. It’s a simple yet effective way to express your individuality, just by wearing your favorite color.
Your shoes can easily show a bit of “you” in them, as well. There are many options for shoe laces these days, whether they are a different color from the norm, or full of patterns or memorable characters. There are also many different ways people lace their shoes. You could try a checkerboard lacing or using two laces at once. Some people choose not to wear shoes with laces, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be customized to fit your own personal style. A simple way to do this is with hot glue and scraps of fabric made into flowers or bows. It’s also easy and inexpensive to put studs, beads, or rhinestones on your shoes as well. It doesn’t take much skill to use a hot glue gun, superglue, or a needle and thread. Buttons, bows, ribbons, lace, even just plain fabric are great materials to start with. Modge Podge is a great adhesive and sealant for applying paper or fabric to your shoes. You can also now find sets of permanent markers made specifically for fabric and shoe leather. Those are really great if you like to draw.
The possibilities really are endless. The world is full of places to buy handmade or customized items. You can save yourself some money just by doing it yourself, and it doesn’t take too much effort. There are also many places to have things custom made, just for you. The online Etsy marketplace is a great place to start looking for handmade items, and there are thousands of artists who are willing to showcase their skills every day.
Whether or not you work in an office or a grocery store, there are so many different ways to show who you are and what you stand for with your clothes or accessories. It’s important to keep your identity in this busy world, so if you are having trouble expressing your individuality, give these things a try! It’s easy as pie.