The Importance of Authenticity in Style Expression

At 16 Style Types, one of our central principles that guides everything we do is about authenticity and being your most authentic style self. There’s an abundance of style information available online, ranging from excellent to unhelpful. As women seeking authenticity, we don’t want to wear costumes or adopt someone else’s version of style, even if they’re a stylish influencer. While drawing inspiration is fine, copying someone else’s style wholesale can leave us feeling inauthentic, like we’re playing a role.

Rebooting Your Style

Some of us have become bored with our style, feeling uninspired and craving excitement. Life changes, such as a career shift, a move, or an empty nest, may trigger a desire to reboot our style. Yet, we might fear making mistakes or feel limited in our choices, leading us to play it safe. On the other hand, some may feel jaded with the focus on style, believing there are more critical issues to address in the world.

However, style is not skin deep; it goes to the heart of who we are. It can change how we approach life, impact our work performance, and, most importantly, alter how we feel about ourselves. Authenticity becomes the foundation for making style work and defines what we stand for at 16 Style Types. 

Style as a Reflection of Personal Identity

Style is more than just clothes; it’s a part of our identity. Our clothes are personal; they touch our bodies and serve as a visual communication to the world. Often, we overlook this aspect until life events, such as natural disasters, reveal the personal attachment we have to our clothes. Claiming our style identity means acknowledging and embracing what truly resonates with us.

What has prevented me from expressing my authentic style so far? Am I influenced by external factors or outdated messages?

Are there specific fashion rules or style formulas I’ve been adhering to that may not align with my true self? How can I break free from these limitations?

When I look in the mirror, what do I genuinely like about myself? How can I incorporate these elements into my style expression?

Examining the obstacles that held us back helps us recognize outdated messages and rules we’ve carried with us. Recognizing these hindrances allows us to let go of what no longer serves us, making room for a more authentic expression. You can read more about the No.1 Key to Finding Your Authentic Style here… 

Watch the Video

In this video, Jill and Imogen discuss the significance of authenticity in defining and embracing one’s personal style. They delve into the challenges many women face in staying true to themselves amidst the abundance of style information available online.

Key Moments

      • Discussion on the abundance of style information online and the importance of feeling authentic in one’s style choices (0:00)
      • Identifying the distinction between drawing inspiration and losing one’s authenticity (0:40)
      • Acknowledging the significance of making conscious choices in style (5:40)
      • Letting go and releasing outdated beliefs or influences can lead to a more authentic expression of style (7:10)
      • Recognizing and embracing the positive aspects of oneself can be a starting point to develop an authentic style (9:30)

Self-Love and the Power of Liking What You See in the Mirror

Liking what you see in the mirror is an act of self-love, an acknowledgment of what you appreciate about yourself. This act of self-love forms the basis for authentic style. It’s not about vanity but about identifying and celebrating the best version of yourself and letting it shine through your style.

To develop authentic style, it’s crucial to translate our style essence into concrete style expression. This involves taking into account our unique features, preferences, and values and translating them into our wardrobe choices. Our visual impression communicates who we are, what we believe in, and where we stand in life. By recognizing the power of style expression, we can create a wardrobe that aligns with our true selves.

 A Journey of Discovery and Communication

Finding authentic style is not an endpoint; it’s an ongoing journey of self-discovery and communication. Throughout this journey, it’s vital to make conscious choices that align with who we are and how we want the world to perceive us. Reclaiming our womanhood and embracing our individuality is an integral part of the process.

We invite you to discover the transformative potential of authentic style with Your Type of Style. It’s time to embrace who you truly are and communicate your unique style essence to the world. Let your authentic self shine through your wardrobe, and experience the joy and fulfillment of dressing in a way that represents the truest version of you.

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