Keeping up with the latest fashion trends isn’t the key to looking great. It’s staying true to your personal style. If you’re not sure of your style, what do you do? Finding inspiration, creating mood boards, and experimenting with fashion will help you develop your unique style.

Style refers to the way a person expresses themselves, such as through clothing, writing, or architecture. “Style” is often used as a shorthand for “personal style” because it describes the ways people express themselves through clothing, accessories, hairstyles, and how they wear their clothes.

Finding your personal style doesn’t happen overnight. However, there are strategies you can use to learn more about what works for you.

Your closet may be the best place to start. Think about the clothes you own that make you happy. What is your favorite item in your closet? Think about why these pieces make you feel good. Take a look at what they each have in common.
Get fashion inspiration. Start with family and friends whose style you admire when looking for fashion inspiration. Another great source is fashion magazines.
Build a mood board for fashion. A mood board is a great way to work toward developing your personal style. Once you’ve gathered your fashion inspiration, compile the images into a mood board. Even if your inspiration feels all over the place, you might discover that a lot of your models are wearing denim jeans, a lot of them are wearing maxi dresses, a lot of them are wearing tops with ruffles—that’s still an overarching vibe or mood that you’re going for.
Create a capsule wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe is a collection of basics that you can mix and match to create effortless looks. These are classic pieces in neutral colors that go with everything: a simple black dress, denim jeans, nice tops.
Experiment with unique style choices. Once you’ve built your capsule collection, it’s time to add unique pieces to your wardrobe that show off your style personality. This might involve some experimentation, so remember that it’s okay if you change your mind.

Personal style is all about playing with fashion to discover which clothes make you feel your best. Start with bold accessories and pops of color and then work on mixing and matching prints and textures.