The Simply Luxurious Life®: Why Not . . . Create Your Own Signature Style? Part Trois  

January 19, 2011

Why Not . . . Create Your Own Signature Style? Part Trois


Rebecca Moses author of A Life of Style describes how each of us has the potential to turn our lives into a style collage.  After all, our style doesn’t end with what we wear; it blends into how we live and what we come home to every night as well.

Being conscious of how we live and doing so confidently is an expression of who we are on the inside as much as what we project to the world. In order to truly have a signature style, a strong sense of individuality must be paired with a healthy self-confidence.

Discovering what your signature style is is often the most difficult part, so be sure to check out part two of the series where six tips are shared to help discover exactly what stirs your inner passions.  Once you know what causes you to feel giddy, what instigates an unconscious smile or what you could spend hours doing without every looking at the time, the fun part begins, which is how do you want to express yourself to the world?

Such an expression can be revealed in as many ways as there are people on this earth and can be demonstrated in all avenues of a person’s life – fashion, home decor, speech, movement, and behavior.

So I’ve tried to share some examples today of how you might what to incorporate your very own signature style into your every day life. The key is to embody a style that is true to who you are, what you believe and penetrates beyond the surface.

The difference between a true style icon like Sophia Loren or Audrey Hepburn and one of the millions of beautiful women in the world is that Sophia and Audrey have left an impression. An impression that goes beyond their appearance and encompasses how they choose/chose to carry themselves, how they treated others and how they contributed to the community around them.

Let’s get started to discover exactly what your signature style might look like.

Body Language
First impressions are a very funny thing.  The trick is to accept that they exist and embrace them and more importantly, understand what you want your first impression to be of whomever you meet on any given day. Stand up tall, walk confidently, but femininely, sit like a lady, keep your stomach in and be aware of your body, face each person you are speaking to, extend a welcoming hand or kiss on the cheek, be warm, but be aware of your personal space bubble, set your boundaries (everyone’s will be different), refrain from tugging at your clothing in public or touching your hair or face too often (hints at insecurity), and when you smile, do so with sincerity.

Scent
Choose a scent, one that you love, one that is of good quality and remain loyal. Or choose one for day and one for evening. Or one for summer and one for the chillier months. But whatever scent you choose, make it your own and wear it every day.

Accessories
Mireille Guiliano shares that her signature style would be described as always looking pulled together with the help of two key accessories: scarves and necklaces. But for someone else, it may be beautiful earrings and fantastic heels. Take Ines de Fressange, she always looks pulled together, but her footwear of choice is predominately a pair of flats. Whatever you gravitate towards, keep Guiliano’s four universal basics in mind when considering your wardrobe: (1) Dress smexy (never so too much, always keep a little mystery), (2) Invest in “good staples” – quality over quantity, (3)  No one has  perfect body, so accent the positive and camouflage the rest, and (4) Learn to stay within the personal boundaries of your style


Mannerisms
One piece of my signature style is something that is recognizable by past and present students, family members and friends, and in one instance my boss knowing I was in the same restaurant as he was simply because he heard my laugh from across the room. Those every day idiosyncrasies that we do many times subconsciously are very often what others observe and associate with our identity, so what mannerisms do you share with the world on a daily basis? Is it your laugh, is it your eye contact, your ability to truly engage in conversation with the person who is speaking to you no matter what is going on around you, or your curiosity to get to know those around you instead of speaking about yourself? Such mannerisms can say so much.

Unique Decor
Modern, traditional and everything in between. How you choose to adorn your home’s interior is a process that is forever evolving, but as each of us continues to learn more about ourselves and evolve into our best selves, so does our idea of what decor within our home is the most inviting. While we can’t change our bone structure, we can rearrange our furniture, add wallpaper to our walls or tear it down and paint them. The home has a plethora of possibilities for each person to express their signature style and that is what makes it so exciting.

Make Your Mark
A woman’s signature style is her ability to bring her passion to the world, to express just enough of herself with others and to not give a hoot about their opinion. This is self-confidence.  This is knowing and trusting yourself. Some women will make their mark with dramatic flair – Cher and Elizabeth Taylor come to mind, and others will do it subtly, but certainly – Grace Kelly and Anna Wintour.  However you decide to make your mark, be sure it is stylish and impressive woman who does it.

I hope you have enjoyed this series, as I enjoyed putting it together. Being a lover of beauty and inspiration, I can’t help but continually hone my own signature style and I enjoy hearing how you have come to discover yours, as I feel we have so many amazing teachers around us every day. If you would like, I would love to know what your signature style is. Here are a few of what I believe to be pieces of mine to help get the ball rolling:

*an attention getting “cackle” (as mentioned above)
*heels, heels and more heels
*tear-drop earrings
*French decor, or anything French
*incessant jazz music lover
*a dog at my side
*not a pushover
*all things fashion
*a love and appreciation for history

Okay, now, if you’d like, do share . . .

Also, as I am looking to begin a new Why Not . . .? series next week, if you have any suggestions or topics you would like me to tackle, let me know. I’m always looking for more ideas. Have a lovely Wednesday!

{Mireille Guiliano quotes come from her book Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire

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16 Comments:

At January 19, 2011 at 1:37 AM , Blogger Lana said...

I so enjoyed this post Shannon! Quite a few bits to remember and put into practise, so inspiring! I'm definitely a jewellery and flats girl!x

 
At January 19, 2011 at 2:17 AM , Blogger Nanne said...

What a well written post! So many of us tend to think only about clothing and accessories when it comes to personal style, when really there's a lot more to the picture as you so eloquently put it in this post! I have been told that I'm easily recognized by the way I walk, other typical things would be large earrings and (almost) always wearing some kind of scarf:)

 
At January 19, 2011 at 4:22 AM , Blogger The enchanted home said...

What a fun post. My grandmother always said something very similiar and had very much her own special style, her own scent, her own "colors",etc.....we all knew her by her one of a kind style. She always told me to choose one scent, a style of dressing, a style of talking, etc....so its interesting reading this. If I had to sum up my own it would be refined classiness with a pop of trend every now and then (when I say trend I am thinking something from JCrew nothing crazy).....this gives me something to think about today, am going to go scent shopping...LOL

 
At January 19, 2011 at 4:36 AM , Blogger Pearl Westwood said...

What a beautiful post to read, scent is a powerful thing. When I go on a trip I like to choose a differnt scent to take with me, be it a soap, lipbalm, perfume and then every time I smell it I am transported back to those memories.

http://shoppearlswardrobe.blogspot.com/

 
At January 19, 2011 at 4:56 AM , Anonymous KBG in DC said...

Loved this series Shannon! Finding a signature style is something we all struggle with, especially when we're constantly bombarded with media marketing and the latest trends and 'it' styles. the good news is getting older helps with finding that style, as I think age gives one the perspective to rise above trends and do what you know suits you best. For me, my style has evolved from a combination of comfort, preferences, and necessity: lots of purple, impeccable skin, brightly colored toenails, scarves with everything, drop earrings, and statement eye glasses.

 
At January 19, 2011 at 5:46 AM , Blogger Grace said...

Adored this series!!! For me, personal style has become striped t's, skinny jeans, ballet flats, and always - lots of sparkly jewelry. xoxo Grace

 
At January 19, 2011 at 6:51 AM , Blogger Dfest said...

I literally just got my copy of "A Life of Style" last night. I ordered it, largely because of how inspriring your blog is.

Thanks for all of your lovely and gorgeous work.
Bacio bacio-danielle

 
At January 19, 2011 at 9:10 AM , Blogger RealBeauty said...

As always, I am inspired by this posting! Thank you for these postings on signature style and for your overall philosophy on this blog. It inspires me daily.

http://realbeauty-realbeauty.blogspot.com/

 
At January 19, 2011 at 10:19 AM , Blogger THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Inspirational as usual, Shannon! Every single time I leave here I feel motivated to turn over a new leaf :)

Hope you're having a lovely week!

 
At January 19, 2011 at 11:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Song Title: Me
Subject: a song delivering the message; "live your life & love yourself"
Video URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IQ9Q3ZALow

 
At January 22, 2011 at 9:21 AM , Blogger CJ said...

Love this series!

Mine would have to be:

*a warm recognizable voice/laugh (have had many people say OMG I knew it was you, I recognize your warm laughter everywhere)

*always smile

* Thierry Mugler Angel

*An avid music enthusiast

*Always have a book or fashion magazine in my hand.

Im sure there is more...that is what comes to mind now. HAve a great weekend!

 
At January 23, 2011 at 6:13 AM , Blogger Fidji said...

I do so much enjoy all your posts, they are a positive view on how to be a woman, the tone you employ is serene and cinfident; you cannot imagine how good it is !
thank you !

fidji from irresistibleparis.blogspot.com

 
At January 23, 2011 at 8:37 AM , Blogger The Simply Luxurious Life said...

Nanne, CJ, the enchanted home, Pearl Westwood, KGB in DC, Grace - Thank you for sharing your signature styles. I always enjoy learning new and different ways to express our individuality. xo

 
At January 23, 2011 at 8:49 AM , Blogger The Simply Luxurious Life said...

Lana - Thanks for sharing. Casual glam - I love it!

 
At January 24, 2011 at 10:03 AM , Blogger Tashrin said...

I immensely enjoyed reading this three part series. Cultivating and nurturing my signature style has been my passion for quite some time now, so far the few things I have nailed down are....


colour and more colour....warm jewel tones that remind us of the vibrant exotic cultures.

fine things.....a sophisticated and minimalistic grandeur...essentially what a quality over quantity mantra should be able to achieve.

Look forward to many more posts from you and hope we can stay in touch.

Love

Tashrin - A Toronto based personal style blog

 
At April 29, 2011 at 6:43 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely adore this post!

 

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