How To Develop a Signature
Anna Wintour has her dark sunglasses, Donatella
Versace has corn-blonde hair and Phillip Bloch is never seen
without his Kangol cap. Learn from these style arbiters and find
your signature statement.
Time Required: Varies
1. Take a serious assessment of
your overall current style, deciding if you are traditional,
modern, fashion-forward, casual, hippie natural, etc.
2. Determine what you are trying
to accomplish with your signature style: to be more memorable,
develop an always chic look or have more fun with fashion.
3. Study famous tastemakers and
what makes them visually memorable. Many use "props," such as
Karl Lagerfeld and his fan or Britney Spears and her belly
4. Don't hesitate to imitate a
look and make it your own, making sure it fits into your current
style and personality.
5. Decide what you would be most
comfortable changing: your hair, wardrobe colors or accessories.
6. If you're choosing a striking
new hairstyle or color, try the new look in stages to see how it
7. If you are choosing a bold
new wardrobe color, start by incorporating it as a shirt, tie or
scarf color to see how well it works for you.
8. Relying on accessories --
sunglasses, big pins, bright hosiery or vintage handbags -- is a
safe, easy and inexpensive way to start a personalized look.
9. Experiment and alter your
signature style pieces as you grow more confident.
- Use your signature style to camouflage
flaws or draw attention to your best features.
- Try not to cross the fine line between
signature style and affectation.
- A signature look can be something as
sentimental as a charm bracelet or as breezy as brightly
colored pantyhose: just make sure it feels like you and fits
your personality and lifestyle.