How to Express Yourself Through Fashion

How to express yourself through fashion

“Style is a way of saying who you are without having to speak”. This famous quote by Rachel Zoe should ring true for everyone on some level, fashion expert or not. 

While there are millions of ways of expressing yourself and your individuality, fashion is one of the best ones. After all, clothes are a necessity, so why not turn that necessity into a form of self-expression?

But, the question is, how do you express yourself through fashion? You don’t need to be a fashion designer or model to know how to express yourself through fashion. All you need is the right know-how and you’ll be good to go. 

Check out this guide to learn how to express yourself through fashion. 

Start With the Hair 

When it comes to expressing yourself through fashion, your hair is a great place to start. After all, your hair can say a lot about who you are. 

However, this doesn’t mean you should dye your hair bright purple just for the sake of boldness. If you prefer to have a short, simple haircut to express your conservativeness, then go for it. 

But, if you do like the idea of standing out from the crowd, we suggest choosing a unique color. Or, if you’re not into the idea of dying your hair, go for a unique cut or a unique style. The great thing about hair is that you can change it pretty much as often as you change your mood, so don’t be afraid to experiment. 

Create Your Own Pieces 

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If you have trouble finding fashion items that speak to you, then why not take matters into your own hands and create your own pieces? This is easier than you think, and you don’t need to go to fashion school in order to create some stylish pieces. 

Here are some easy ways you can create your own clothing items so you can better express yourself through fashion:

Design Your Own T-Shirts 

Most of us wear t-shirts a few times a week, which is why it’s such a great idea to design your own. 

All you need is a sketch of your design and access to a custom shirt printing company and you’ll be good to go. If others like the designs you create, you may even want to think about selling them. 

Make Your Own Headband/Scarf 

Headbands and scarves are excellent accessories for adding a pop to your wardrobe and for expressing yourself through fashion. 

To make your own headband or scarf, all you need to do is find the right fabric, cut it to your liking, and voila! You’ve created the perfect accessory. 


Making your own jewelry can be a great way to express your individuality. Plus, it can be a very soothing and therapeutic activity. 

All you need is some wire, beads, and jewelry scissors and you’ll be well on your way to creating bracelets, necklaces, and other items that suit your style. 

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Upgrade Your Wardrobe With Investment Pieces 

While most of us have rotating wardrobes that change according to the seasons and the latest trends, it’s always a good idea to have at least a few investment pieces in your wardrobe. 

Investment pieces are articles of clothing or accessories that are timeless and that can be paired with several different outfits to enhance your overall look. 

Here are some examples of pieces that you should invest in as a woman:

    • Black Trousers: Whether you’re wearing them to work or to Sunday brunch, a solid pair of black trousers can get you through the workweek and the weekend;
    • White T-shirt: A crisp white t-shirt goes with nearly any outfit, and always serves as a classic look when paired with blue jeans; 
    • Little Back Dress: There’s a reason the little black dress is known as the cornerstone of any woman’s closet. Any time you need to dress up, your little black dress will be faithfully waiting for you; 


  • Designer Handbag: While it doesn’t necessarily need to be a designer piece, a nice handbag is an essential item for adding a touch of sophistication to any outfit;
  • Denim Jeans: No matter how dressed up you like to get, a classic pair of denim jeans is an investment piece that needs to be in your closet. Whether you go for a classic skinny leg, mom-fit, or bold bell-bottom is up to your own personal taste;


Other investment pieces you should add to your wardrobe include a nice pair of high heels, ballet flats, sneakers, and a blazer. 

Choose a Signature Scent 

When it comes to expressing yourself through fashion, choosing a signature scent is absolutely necessary. A scent can create a lasting impression, and if people are going to remember you by your scent, you might as well make it pleasant and worth remembering. 

When choosing a signature scent, it’s best to opt for a subtle fragrance, even if you’re not a subtle person. A subtle fragrance is typically easier to process and will leave a more pleasant impression. 

Also, when applying your signature scent, keep in mind that you don’t need to overload. Just one or two spritzes will do the trick. 

Experiment, But Dress for Yourself 

Fashion isn’t just about playing it safe and going with what you know works for you. It’s also about experimenting and daring to try something different. 

Trying different colors and styles can help spice up your life and show that you’re not afraid to take risks. Plus, it’s usually through trial and error that you find what styles work for you and which ones don’t. However, while experimenting is important, keep in mind that you should always dress for yourself. You’ll always see models online that you think look great and want to mimic. 

But, it’s important to keep in mind that while it can be fun to try different trends and styles, truly expressing yourself through fashion means making your wardrobe all about you and wearing what you feel confident and comfortable in. 


Now that you have these tips on how to express yourself through fashion, it’s time to put them into action. Let us know in the comments below the different ways you like to express yourself through fashion! 

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BA, MA Psychology (and Conflict Resolution), University of Cambridge (2007). With a decade of trial and error in psychology and 33 years of navigating my own complex (that's one word for it!) relationships with family, friends, co-workers and men, I hope I have some useful knowledge and skills to share with my readers about making sense of relationships and trying to become a better person every day.

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