Figuring out your personal style can be tough. It’s kind of like trying to jump into a TV show mid-series- it’s something you know you’d be keenly interested in… if you knew where to start (I mean, you could start at the very beginning which I have on good authority is a very good place to start…). It can be challenging, because while you have all of this enthusiasm and desire to figure it out and present yourself in a way that makes you happy, there’s all of this vocabulary and arbitrary rules you don’t just don’t know. The experts will try and guide you towards what’s flattering based on a lengthy set of arbitrary rules based on whether or not you’re cool or warm toned (this determines what season you are, obvi), the shape of your face (round, square, oval, heart, fire, water, earth, wind, by your powers combined, I am Captain Planet), your height (petite, tall… and middle-ish?), and of course, the general overall shape of your body (ruler/boyish (um, rude?), pear, apple, busty, and of course, everyone’s favorite antiquated time piece: the hourglass). And you know what? If you can decipher whatever all of those things mean, those guidelines are actually kinda helpful (I’m an angular, bird boned lizard person of slightly above average height and obviously an Autumn).
Sure, there’s a lot of trial and error and there are some days you might break down in tears. But you’re also going to learn what works best on your wonderful, unique body. You’ll figure out what makes your light shine the brightest, regardless of any preconceived notions of how that light is “supposed” to shine. And that, my friends, is something no fashion magazine could ever hope to teach you. Class dismissed.