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How to Improve Your Personal Style

An individual’s personal style is something that can set them apart and make them stand out in a room full of people. Even if you aren’t that into fashion, you can still develop a style that people can identify you by. Perhaps you’re wondering how you can improve your style and make it more interesting, or you’re at a point in your life that you’re hungry for change. Whatever the case, you can improve your style at any time you want to, just be open to trying something new. Here are practical ways that you can improve your personal style nevertheless.

Know What Look You’re Going For

Before you can actually improve your personal style, you need to know what exactly you’re looking to change it to. Identify what your personal style is presently and what about it is you want to improve. It could be that you wear too much black and feel like your style is too gothic and want to introduce new and vibrant colors to your wardrobe. Knowing where you want to go will give you an idea of how to g…

My 2013 Style Essentials: Vintage, Denim, & A Lot of Studs

The fashion trends of 2012 were ironic, rebellious, and downright revolutionary. Women wore black leather in the summer and floral prints in the winter. Breakout trends like slipper loafers, knuckle-clasp clutches, and collar necklaces quickly rose to the top. I'm happy to say those trends succeeded. If you feel like you missed out on some of 2012's style trends, it's not too late. Granted we'll see a resurgence in additional trends, like 1920s vintage (thanks to Downton Abbey) and all-over denim, but the unique trends from 2012 are continuing into 2013 and will be here to stay. My personal essentials for 2013 are:

1. Blingy iphone Cover ~ there's no denying the advance of technology. It was a long, hard battle, but I'm finally willing to give up my ancient pens and note pads. To keep from missing those pretty little note pads, I'll upgrade to a studded iphone cover.
2. Emerald Green Summer Scarf ~ the 2013 color of the year is emerald green. I usually get a new lightweight scarf or two in the spring, so this year I'm going with a green scarf. A summer scarf is perfect for bundling up indoors when the cafes and theaters tend to have their AC's cranked up.
3. Denim Jacket ~ a top fashion trend for 2013 is all-over denim. I'm not sure if I'm ready for that, but I do love a great lightweight jacket for transitioning clothing during spring and fall. Throw a denim jacket over last season's maxi dress for an instant update.
4. Beaded Peter Pan Collar Necklace ~ collar necklaces are one of my favorite new trends from 2012, and I'm glad it's here to stay. A peter pan collar necklace can dress up a sweater or tee, and it can also transform the look of a blouse or dress. Luckily collar necklaces have trickled down into everyday fashion, so they're available in many stores at many price points.
5. Hard-Case Clutch ~ available in both box clutches & knuckle-clasp clutches, these trendy handbags have far surpassed the traditional opera clutch. Hard-case clutches tend to come in formal designs, but you can make them work for any occasion by getting a light-colored, studded, or patterned clutch rather than the more formal jeweled box clutches.
6. Vintage-Inspired Headpiece ~ thanks to the Masterpiece Classic hit show Downton Abbey, 1920s vintage fashion is making a major comeback. No doubt in 2013 we'll see another increase in mary jane pumps, long beaded necklaces, and ornate chandelier earrings. One of the Downton-inspired trends that is already gaining ground are the delicate headpieces, from jeweled hair combs to ornate headbands.
7. Printed Pants ~ another carry-over trend from 2012, printed pants are here to stay. From fun denim to dressy slacks, patterned pants are going to continue to dominate in 2013. Pairing a denim jacket with printed denim pants is an easy way to pull off the all-over denim look.
  8. Studded Wrap Bracelet ~ wrap watches and studded wrap bracelets are everywhere, and they'll continue to be a top jewelry trend in 2013. I am obsessed with pyramid-studded wrap bracelets in particular. They're great for stacking with other thin bracelets. I already got my studded wrap bracelet for $5 at Charlotte Russe.
9. Sequined Laptop Sleeve ~ sequins and shimmer are always trendy around the holidays, but for 2013, sequined and glittered fashion will continue to shine all year. I'm looking for a new work bag now that I'm writing full-time, so I'm on the hunt for a sequin laptop sleeve.

You can keep up with more accessory trends for 2013 on my style blog The Accessorizer. Tell me, what's on your style-essentials list? Which fashion trends for 2013 are you the most excited about? How about the worst fashion trends of 2012; which accessories will you be happy to leave in the past?


  1. I've had a studded bracelet for years. Thicker than that one, of course. My dad does not approve at all...

    1. Why not?? I've have several for years, so I'm stocked up. But of course it wouldn't hurt to buy some new ones!


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