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Personal Style

Minh Tran

March 12, 2021, 8:00:00 AM

It's the stylist's job to make the buyer "want what they don't know they want yet." This role is a powerful pathway because we all see it in department store windows. Somehow there's a magical feeling you get when you visit a well-presented story, either a Barneys or Neiman Marcus.

Many people know me as a visual designer that also works in fashion design. I've been doing this for pretty much all of my life. But this column is not about me. It's about how I view personal style.

Usually, when I am working on a new collection or design. I always want to visualize how the entire look will turn out—most of the time, and it's a reflection of ideas on my mood boards and mind-maps. The idea of colors, textures, and silhouette defines "my woman." Most of the time, I rely on stylists to help me put a look together. A great outfit always has a story to tell.

Nowadays, so many people are empathizing with the street style look and calling it personal style. Style is a progression of changes that you make throughout time. Fashion and style are a marriage of new and old. Recent trends tend to dictate style, while fashion is about adapting customer's wants and needs. I mean, don't get me wrong, I thought I was a good stylist until I saw what they had to do to make the look happen. There's nothing wrong with experimenting with clothes. "It's just clothes." Each piece should have a meaning and make a statement. Don't just pile a bunch of clothes on and call it a look.

'A complete look should compose a top, jacket, pants or skirt, shoes, and accessories.' said Tran

What makes a striking image is how we wear the clothes. Unfortunately, you don't want the clothes to wear you when you are presenting them. I've seen some ill-fitting and horrible combinations of looks in my days in fashion school. In the streets, that is.

Don't let labels or high-end brands stop you from exploring. There are so many ways to get the look at an affordable price. Hype beasts are what we call people that are all about new trendy brands. Most of the time, they have no idea what they are looking for. Dive into second-hand retail or even consignment stores and find that vintage piece. You can mix high and low with old and new. Classic labels are great stable. Set the foundation for your vision when searching for new outfits. I have never been the person that followed trends. But, I am aware that it plays a considerable impression in the fashion market.

It's the stylist's job to make the buyer "want what they don't know they want yet." This role is a powerful pathway because we all see it in department store windows. Somehow there's a magical feeling you get when you visit a well-presented story, either a Barneys or Neiman Marcus.

There is always a time and place for your looks; for example, You might not want to wear a beach shirt with shorts and flip-flops to an executive job interview. Think about where this look will fit and what story you are trying to tell. Be authentic, don't wear what you think they might want to see; wear whats makes you shine in that situation.

What I'm trying to say is that it takes time to hone into your style. Please don't rush into it. Learn the rules before you break the mold. Look around and make personal notes of how you want people to view you.