Get Empowered: Discover Your Personal Style

In the wake of last night’s Oscars, it seems that the talk of the town today is what everyone wore last night. Not that this is any different from most days. Celebrities are always scorned or praised for what they choose to wear every day, not just during award shows.

Many of us (myself included) often turn to these celebrities for fashion inspiration. But sometimes people get so caught up in celebrity style that they forget to accentuate their own attributes.

Regardless of what the fashion future holds, your own personal style may change slightly, but for the most part, it is what makes you unique. No matter what the runways dictate or celebrities wear, your clothes should reflect your personality. As cliché as it may sound, it’s what I learned after reading various style guides.

For some reason, this past holiday season, fashion style books were the gift to give. I have looked at Tim Gunn, Nina Garcia and Victoria Beckham’s books. All of these books offer great advice to dressing your best.

To be clear, none of the books tells you exactly what to wear or urges that you lose weight to look good. They are all guides, giving you advice on how to dress. The best advice that appears in all three books is to wear clothes that fit. Even if it may not be a size you like, it’s better to be comfortable.

The Extra Half Inch by Victoria Beckham was my favorite style book by far. In addition to great photos, she also offers the most practical advice. If you’re not happy with what size you are, try cutting out the tags so you don’t have to look at it.

Although many celebrities have come out with their own style books, people will always try to imitate the celebrity. But on the bright side, imitation is the best form of flattery.

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