How to define your personal style #3: Style Icons

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The third post in the "How to define your personal style" series is about style icons. As weird as it might seem, observing other people's styles could help you finding your own. Celebs, fashion hero's and others that have been declared style icons or just have an awesome taste in fashion are perfect as a reference. You'll probably won't come across a single person's style that defines you. It is all about mixing it up: a bit of Ashley Olsen with some Clemence Poesy, or Audrey Hepburn with a touch of Sienna Miller. Everything is possible.

[1.] Figure out who your style icons are
If you're not sure who your style icons are, start by putting together a collection of inspiring outfits. Pinterest or Tumblr can be really helpful, or just create a mood board. After a while, you might discover that you've pinned a couple of items from the same people: there must be something about their styles that appeals to you.

[2.] Assess their styles
Try to analyse why you're drawn to their outfits. Is it the way they mix and match high street with high end? Is it a signature piece, like Coco Chanel's breton striped tee? 

[3.] Get crafty
The fun part: try mixing and matching your style icon's outfits. Mix Sienna Miller's boots with Kate Bosworth's dress, and so on. Make it as perfect as possible. In other words: make it more you.

[4.] Use it as a reference
After completing step 3, you should have a pretty clear view on who your style icons are and what you like about them. You've probably gained some new ideas of how to mix and match certain pieces, now translate it to your own outfits!

*Inspired by WhoWhatWear


  1. Love this! I have so many style icons. I have found myself to dress like the Kardashians, in neutrals, but also dress like other icons as well. The Olsen twins have always been a favorite and one time I met Mary-Kate at a Knicks game and was shocked at how tiny she was, but I immediately loved her outfit. The Row and Elizabeth and James have great clothes.

    1. Thank you for your comment, Megan! So cool you actually met MK :) x

  2. Creating your own style from scratch is so tricky. For example, I love what some girls wear and they look amazing but now I realise that the same types of dresses might not work on me because I look different. So there's a thin line between drawing inspiration from your style icons and making it work with yourself.

    1. That's true, translating inspiration to your own style is probably the most difficult of all. I think using style icons as a reference can be helpful at times, and you'll learn by trial and error :) x