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10 Style Types For Finding Your Personal Style

Let’s begin with a question. What’s your personal style? Most people struggle getting dressed, because they don’t know have clear idea of their personal style. It’s a battle caused by many things, from seeing endless social feeds of influencer hauls to buying things on sale that doesn’t actually go with anything else they own. 

Figuring out what your personal style is can solve many problems. It can help you learn what compliments your body type, what fits your lifestyle and avoid owning too many things that don’t go well with each other. 

To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of 10 different style types. We’ve classified them by their key characteristics, included examples of style icons that embrace each style and featured brands along with some product recommendations to get you started. 

Style Type
#1 Editorial

Editorial style is defined by its use of vibrant colors, intricate patterns, distinctive silhouettes, and a variety of fabrics, often incorporating a combination of these elements. 

Outfits and elements are directly inspired by high-fashion runways and assembled with a focus on creating a sense of drama and playfulness. When it comes to color choices, anything goes, though they typically align with the current trends of the moment.

This style embodies a wide range of fabrics, encompassing everything from leather and sequins to chiffon and vividly colored fur. Accessories can either be stacked in abundance or kept to a minimum. 

Some style icons include: Jenna Lyons, Leandra Medine (Man Repeller), Sarah Jessica Parker, Olivia Palermo, Anna Wintour, Solange Knowles, and Giovanna Battaglia.

Dries Van Noten

Chunky gold-tone bracelet.

£395

Burberry

Hooded Appliquéd wool-jacquard blue coat.

£3990

KHAITE

Marfa Leather Over-the-knee Boots.

$ 400

Off-White

Skeleton Binder Leather Shoulder Bag – Blue

£1,570

PUCCI

 Jacquard-knit Maxi Dress – Red

£1,525

LOEWE

Puzzle Mini Textured-leather Shoulder Bag – Yellow

£1750

Gabriela Hearst

Fontana Double-breasted Leather Trench Coat – Red

£12,090

KHAITE

Khaite – Marfa Suede Ankle Boots – Chocolate

£1020

Style Type
#2 Minimalist

Minimalist style is characterized by its distinct and architectural lines and silhouettes. Interestingly, adopting a Minimalist Style doesn’t necessarily mean having a minimalist wardrobe with fewer pieces; instead, it involves crafting outfits that rely on a minimal number of elements. Rather than incorporating an array of colors, patterns, and accessories, these outfits rely on unique shapes and unexpected combinations to create visual interest.

Colors within this style typically lean towards the timeless and predominantly neutral palette, including shades like white, ivory, black, and navy. Fabric choices encompass a variety, often featuring materials such as silk, cashmere, wool, denim, and cotton. Accessories are kept to a minimum.

The clothing in this style typically offers a loose fit, using size and proportion as a focal point of interest. Notable style icons in this category include individuals like Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Palermo, Leandra Medina (Man Repeller), Emmanuelle Alt, and Kate Moss.

Product recommendations for Minimalist Style

LOEWE

Puzzle Edge Mini Textured-leather Shoulder Bag – Tan

£1750

Proenza Schouler

 Strapless Crepe Midi Dress – Black

£1445

Rainbow K

Versus 14-karat Yellow And White Gold Diamond Single Earring – One size

£1,185

KHAITE

Khaite – Marfa Suede Ankle Boots – Chocolate

£1,020

Lisa Yang

 Finley Ribbed Cashmere Midi Dress – Navy

£580

KHAITE

Danielle High-rise Straight-leg Jeans – Light blue

£420

LOEWE

Hammock Small Textured-leather Shoulder Bag – Black

£1950

KHAITE

Jo Cashmere-blend Sweater – Tan

£770

Style Type
#3 Romantic

A Romantic style is defined by its use of gentle and feminine colors, fabrics, and forms. The color palette typically leans towards soft and timeless shades, such as red, pink, white, beige, navy, and more.

Fabrics commonly typically feature silks, cashmere, seersucker, linen, lace, denim, and cotton. Accessories in the Romantic style tend to be delicate and conventional. The clothing in this category strikes a balance between not being overly tight or loose, with well-tailored and modest designs.

Some style icons include: Lauren Conrad, Taylor Swift, and Eva Mendez.

Product recommendations for Romantic Style

Saloni

Ava Ruffle-trimmed Tiered Floral-print Silk Mini Dress

£475

Ferragamo

 Embellished Leather Shoulder Bag – White

£2155

LANVIN

Ruffled Gathered Charmeuse Mini Skirt 

£1210

Off-white

Rosario Embroidered Textured And Croc-effect Leather Cowboy Boots 

£715

TOTEME

The Slim Leather Ankle Boots – Taupe

$570

Zimmermann

Pussy-bow Corded Lace-trimmed Striped Linen And Silk-blend

£1,450

DeMellier

Tokyo Suede And Leather Shoulder Bag

£345

SEA

 Branca Battenburg Cotton-lace Mini Dress – Cream

£805

Style Type
#4 Glam

A Glam style is distinguished by figure-hugging contours, opulent fabrics, and extravagant embellishments. The color palette can encompass both timeless shades and the latest trendy colors and patterns.

Materials featured in this style consist of silk, satin, cashmere, lycra, lace, chenille, suede, leather, and more, with a preference for a lustrous appearance. Accessories in the Glam style tend to be lavish, including large, sparkly jewelry, designer bags and belts, shiny metallic elements, and oversized sunglasses.

Garments may either cling to the body or experiment with dramatic proportions, such as combining a snug top with billowing trousers. Style icons associated with this style include Kim Kardashian, Chrissy Teigen, Beyoncé, Priyanka Chopra, and Lana Del Rey.

Product recommendations for Glam Style

LA DOUBLE J

Keaton Feather-trimmed Cotton-velvet Blazer

£790

Valentino Garavani

Embellished Leather Slingback Pumps

£850

Magda Butrym

Wool-blend Coat – Taupe

£2,545

Brand Isabel Marant

Burgundy leather ‘Oskan Moon’ bag

£695

KHAITE

Olivia Medium Suede Shoulder Bag – Blue

£1,730

KHAITE

Nina ribbed-knit midi black dress 

£890

Christian Louboutin

Kate 85 Patent-leather Pumps – Beige

£645

KHAITE

Sara Oversized Suede Tote 

£2710

Style Type
#5 Boho

Boho style is characterized by loose-fitting silhouettes, a palette of earthy and vibrant colors, and a textured aesthetic inspired by 1960s and 1970s fashion, as well as Western, Southwestern, and prairie influences. Individuals with Boho style would appear right at home at events like Coachella, while strolling through a flea market, or sipping a green juice.

Color choices are diverse but frequently include bold variations of natural hues, such as mustard, red, and green, along with a range of neutrals like white, cream, and brown. Fabrics in this style often feature textures and can include crochet, fur (whether real or faux), suede, lace, and felt. Key wardrobe pieces are highly detailed and may incorporate elements like embroidery, laces, or fringe.

Accessories are layered and abundant, including stacked necklaces, rings, hats, chunky or multiple bracelets, and so on. Clothing typically has a loose and flowing fit that drapes away from the body. Prominent style icons associated with this look include Vanessa Hudgens, Rachel Zoe, and Jessica Alba.

Product recommendations for Boho Style

ZIMMERMAN

August Ruffled Tiered Gathered Floral-print Crepon Mini Dress

£995

Bottega Veneta

Foulard Intrecciato Leather Shoulder Bag – White

£3500

Khaite

Dallas Suede Cowboy Boots Influenced by classic Western styles

£1260

SAINT LAURENT

Gold-tone Hoop Earrings – One size

£385

KHAITE

Dalls Suede Cowboy Boots – Dark brown

£1090

DÔEN

Alouette Asymmetric Ruffled Floral-print Silk-georgette Midi Dress

£572

STAUD

Marike Patent Leather-trimmed Suede Shoulder Bag

£360

Completedworks

Pearl And Cubic Zirconia Earrings – One size

£225

Style Type
#6 Edgy

Edgy style is defined by its affiliation with punk, metal, and rocker aesthetics. Core wardrobe items encompass leather jackets and pants, distressed jeans, and band t-shirts. The dominant color scheme revolves around black, though it may also include cool neutrals such as white and gray, in addition to navy blue, red, and shades of army green.

Materials and fabrics used in this style span leather, plastic, denim, satin, cotton (for t-shirts), fur, grommets, zippers, and studs. While solid colors are the norm, other patterns like camouflage or animal prints can also find their way into the mix.

Accessories can range from minimal to maximal, often featuring metallic elements. Garments can either have a form-fitting silhouette or a looser fit. Prominent figures associated with this style include Kate Moss, Gwen Stefani,  a young Winona Ryder, and Courtney Love.

Product recommendations for Edgy Style

alexander wang

Corded Lace-trimmed Tulle Cotton-terry Mini Dress

£795

Alexander wang

Mini Crystal-embellished Satin Tote – Black

£470

BURberry

 Printed Satin-jersey T-shirt – White

£690

Valentino Garavani

 Rockstud Embellished Leather Ankle Boots – Black

£1230

Alexander Wang

Nova Logo-embossed Studded Leather Ankle Boots 

£870

SLVRLAKE

Cotton-jersey T-shirt – White

£150

ALEXANDER WANG

Camouflage-print Cotton-twill Wide-leg Pants – Brown

£515

adidas Originals

And Wander Terrex Oversized Printed Cotton-blend Jersey T-shirt – Beige

£100

Style Type
#7 Preppy

Preppy style draws its inspiration from classic Americana with influences from the East Coast and the Southern regions. It frequently incorporates elements like stripes, plaid, vests, and themes inspired by equestrian and nautical aesthetics. The color palette is both timeless and vibrant, featuring shades such as red, blue, yellow, green, camel, white, cream, and navy.

Materials and fabrics commonly used in Preppy style include linen, cotton, down, chambray, cable knit, fleece, wool, and typically brown leather. Traditional patterns like stripes, plaid, gingham, chevron, polka dots, chain link, and bold florals are often found in this style. Key clothing pieces include button-up shirts, classic blazers, raincoats, vests, fisherman jackets, shift dresses, espadrilles, boat shoes, and riding boots. It’s not unusual to spot embroidered insignias, crests, and logos on jackets, polos, and “dad” hats.

Accessories in Preppy style typically have a classic feel, with options like pearls, but they can also include larger, eye-catching jewelry pieces. The clothing often embraces a looser fit. Some notable figures recognized for their Preppy style include Kate Middleton, Gwyneth Paltrow, early Taylor Swift, Olivia Palermo, Julie Engel (Gal Meets Glam), Lilly Pulitzer, Jackie Kennedy, Blair Waldorf (from Gossip Girl), Grace Kelly, and Reese Witherspoon

Product recommendations for Preppy Style

Peter Do

Layered Belted Pleated Satin Maxi Skirt – Black

£1840

3.1 Phillip Lim

Alexa Cracked-leather Penny Loafers – Black

£420

Lisa Marie Fernandez

Net Sustain Double-breasted Cotton-blend Bouclé Jacket – Yellow

£850

Ferragamo

Hug Embellished Large Leather Shoulder Bag

£2265

LOEWE

Loewe – Puzzle Mini Textured-leather Shoulder Bag – Yellow

£1750

Johanna Ortiz

The Extreme Collection Satin And Lace-trimmed Embroidered Cotton-velvet Blazer

£1904

SAINT LAURENT

Pleated Checked Wool-blend Skirt

£1385

Proenza Schouler

Lug Sole Glossed-leather Platform Loafers – Black

£1000

Style Type
#8 Vintage Femme

The Vintage Femme style is distinguished by its adoption of silhouettes, patterns, and color schemes from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. The clothing within this style doesn’t necessarily have to be vintage; it can be either inspired by that era or composed in a way that exudes a retro vibe. For instance, a pencil skirt on its own might not seem “retro,” nor would a button-up cardigan, but when worn together, they create a silhouette reminiscent of the 1940s.

Color choices can vary widely but often feature bold and unconventional combinations that may not be currently in vogue. The selection of fabrics is diverse, depending on which era is being channeled.

Accessories in the Vintage Femme style can range from classic to quirky. The fit of clothing can be era-dependent but typically accentuates the waist and celebrates a curvier body type.

Notable figures celebrated for their Vintage Femme style include Zoe Deschanel, Lana Del Rey, Taylor Swift, Christina Hendricks, Mindy Kaling, Eva Mendes, Dita Von Teese (along with other pin-up models), the women of Mad Men, and, naturally, the classic fashion icons of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.

Product recommendations for Vintage Femme Style

Nour Hammour

Dakota Belted Shearling-trimmed Leather Coat – Blac

£1505

Roxanne Assoulin

Enamel And Cubic Zirconia Hoop Earrings – Blue

£95

Chloé

– Ribbed Wool Midi Dress – White

£1630

GALVAN

Pandora Satin Halterneck Midi Dressl

£895

reformation

Fur-trimmed Double-breasted Checked Recycled Wool-blend Jacket – Brown

£368

Polo Ralph Lauren

Polo Id Medium Textured-leather Shoulder Bag – Dark green

£650

Proenza Schouler

White Label – Pleated Faux Leather Midi Skirt – Green

£440

By Pariah

The Bell 9-karat Recycled Gold Diamond Hoop Earrings – One size

£1125

Style Type #9 Casual

Casual style is characterized by relaxed, roomier fits and cozy fabrics. Ensembles are uncomplicated, prioritizing comfort and conveying an effortlessly laid-back demeanor. Color choices tend to gravitate toward classic and neutral shades, although they are not confined to just these options.

Materials frequently found in this style encompass denim, linen, lycra, wool, soft leather, and cotton. Accessories are kept to a minimum and maintain a straightforward aesthetic. Clothing is comfortable without being excessively loose. Recognized figures known for their Casual style include Jennifer Aniston, Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, Mila Kunis, and Anine Bing.

Product recommendations for Casual Style

SAINT LAURENT

High-rise Jeans – Blue

£755

SAINT LAURENT

Perforated Leather Sneakers – White

£660

Lisa Yang

 Kerry Brushed-cashmere Sweater – Gray

£745

Proenza Schouler

Large Ruched Leather Shoulder Bag – Black

£1625

Golden Goose

Super-star Distressed Leather-trimmed Velvet Sneakers – Burgundy

£440

DÔEN

 Olympus Cable-knit Merino Wool Sweater – Cream

£572

AGOLDE

’90s Mid-rise Straight-leg Organic Jeans – Mid denim

£280

Dries Van Noten

Resin-trimmed Leather Shoulder Bag – Black

£1875

Style Type #10 Androgynous

The Androgynous style is marked by the incorporation of menswear-inspired elements in terms of clothing, fabrics, and silhouettes, often exuding an air of sophistication. Key pieces in this style consist of blazers, suits, loafers, button-up shirts, and trousers.

Color choices typically lean towards classic shades like black, white, gray, navy, and camel. The materials used are also traditional, including wool, cotton, tweed, linen, and denim, and they may feature patterns such as pinstripes, subtle plaid, and houndstooth.

Accessories in this style are usually minimal and often take cues from menswear, such as a gold watch. Clothing within this style generally avoids body-hugging fits in favor of a looser, more unisex appearance. This style can be embraced from head to toe or incorporated through individual pieces, like an oversized blazer or a men’s white shirt, paired with more conventionally feminine items such as stilettos or skinny jeans.

Prominent figures celebrated for their Androgynous style include Cate Blanchett, Diane Keaton, Ellen DeGeneres, Clémence Poésy, Alexa Chung, Ellen Page, Victoria Beckham, Evan Rachel Wood, and Emmanuelle Alt.

Product recommendations for Androgynous Style

FRAME

Linen-blend High-rise Straight-leg Cargo Trousers 

£395

TOTEME

The City Suede Ankle Boots – Chocolate

£630

Agolde

Net Sustain Harper Mid-rise Wide-leg Organic Jeans.

£ 400

Jennifer Fisher

Kevin Huggies Gold-plated Hoop Earrings – One size

£ 270

Anine Bing

 Sydney Ribbed-knit Turtleneck Sweater – Beige

£210

Bottega Veneta

Cotton Wide-leg Trousers – White

£720

Norma Kamali

 Oversized Vegan Leather Blazer – Black

£320

Jennifer Fisher

Kevin Huggies Gold-plated Hoop Earrings – One size

£ 270

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