Style Guide: How To Find And Love Your Personal Style

While I believe every day should be about spreading love, February has officially been dubbed the month of love ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ With that, I shared a few new ways to show love to your partner last week, and today I want to shift the focus on you and loving yourself.

If you have ever struggled with how to develop your own style or you're just feeling a bit stuck at the moment, this post is for you. Here are a few easy tips on how to not only find your personal style, but more importantly how to fully embrace and love your unique look! 

Find Your Personal Style: Invest in Yourself

From the very beginning of this entrepreneurial journey, one of the core values of Mel Boteri was and always will be quality over quantity. Now, I am in no way advocating maxing out your credit card to make a purchase you simply cannot afford - this clearly does more harm than good. But what I am suggesting is that you consider what is within your spending limits, and choose items that are A.) well-made with quality materials that won't fall apart after one use and B.) are a proper fit (or can be tailored as such) to enhance your unique body and style. 

For instance, a high-quality, black blazer tailored to a perfect fit will see you through multiple seasons and even years, and can be worn with just about any look from office casual to evening chic. Start with one staple piece at a time and again, get the best that you can afford or consider saving to make that much needed upgrade. Trust me when I say that these little investments in yourself will not only have you looking your best, but you will have you feeling your best as well!

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1. CARVEN Checked Pants 2. PIERRE BALMAIN Wool Blazer 3. BURBERRY Shirt 4. MEL BOTERI Glazed Sunglow Yellow Python Leather Audrey Cocktail Clutch 5. SOPHIA WEBSTER Embroidered Flats


Find Your Personal Style: Next Time You Are In A Style Rut - Reach For Some Color! 

Are you feeling a bit washed out and bored in your current look? Well, one of the easiest ways to freshen up and enhance your personal style is to grab some bold flashes of color! Now, this advice is coming from a girl who loves to wear all-black, so I totally get it if the thought of adding color to your style gives you a little anxiety. Simply start small and build up your confidence from there. For example, add a bold red lip or clutch to your otherwise monochrome look and see how that makes you feel.

As you are beginning to develop your signature style, don't be shy to try out new colors you would otherwise never think to wear. You never know, orange might just be your thing! And if you're turned off by brighter shades, give muted pastels a try as these can have a similar effect. It's all about finding what makes you feel your absolute best!

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1. ALICE MCCALL Dress 2. CAROLINA BUCCI Rose Gold-plated Bracelet 3. CAROLINA BUCCI Metallic Bracelet 4. MEL BOTERI Cara Envelope Clutch in Blush Snake-Effect Leather 5. AQUAZZURA Sandals


Find Your Personal Style: Keep It Simple And Minimize Your Wardrobe

On mornings where you're simply not feeling fashionably inspired, there's no use in trying to rock the latest 'out there' trend. That's one of the things I love about fashion. It doesn't have to be over-the-top to make a statement, and often times, understated and chic is in fact more impactful!

For moments like these a well-organized, minimalist closet will serve you best. Dedicate a section of your closet to the classics: black pants, a white button-down shirt, your favorite trench coat, a long wrap cardigan, ballet flats, etc, etc. Simple is effective, and the next time you're feeling stuck on what to wear you can pull from this section of your closet while feeling confident in your look. 

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1. THE ROW Leggings 2. P.A.R.O.S.H. Striped Shirt 3. QUAY AUSTRALIA Sunglasses 4. MEL BOTERI High Gloss, Black Lizard-Effect Leather Stuart Carryall Tote 5. ROSETTA GETTY Loafers


Find Your Personal Style: Color Coordinate Your Closet

I cannot recommend this enough. Color coordinating your closet will not only make getting dressed each day that much easier, but it's a great excuse to go in there and finally start organizing...and purging. Set aside a few hours on a rainy Sunday to accomplish this feat, and as you're pulling pieces you haven't worn in a while, try them on to see how they make you look and feel. Go with your gut and if it simply isn't a fit, throw it in that donation pile without giving it a second thought. 

Once you are all organized and color coordinated, you will be surprised at the new outfits you can create using the pieces you've always had in your closet!

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1. CURRENT/ELLIOTT Skinny Jeans 2. STELLA MCCARTNEY Keyhole Top 3. BAUBLEBAR Drop Earrings 4. DIANE VON FURSTENBERG Over-the-knee Boots 5. MEL BOTERI Black, Metallic Snake-Effect Leather Kat Pouch


Finding and loving your personal style isn't about taking on the latest trends or duplicating what your favorite fashion blogger is wearing. It's about investing in quality pieces that are a good fit for you, constantly developing your style by stepping out of your comfort zone from time to time, and confidently knowing how to organize and minimize your closet to make getting dressed each day fun and easy. When going through any big changes or taking on new projects, I've always been most successful by completing one small task at a time. So, I'm suggesting the same for you here - pick just one of these tips and commit to completing it within the next week or month, whatever works best for you!

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Earlier in January I gave you some self-care tips for the start of a healthy new year. Next week, I'll be checking in with you to see how you're doing with these plus I'll give you 4 more easy ways to make these resolutions last. See you then!

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