Discovering Your Personal Style Through Style Words

Discovering Your Personal Style Through Style Words

Finding your personal style can be a challenging task, but it doesn’t have to be. One powerful tool that can help you discover your personal style is style words. It’s a style principle described by Lizzie Edwards in her book “Look like the leader you are”. In this blog post, we will explore how to use style words to discover your personal style and create a wardrobe that aligns with it.

What are style words?

Style words are a collection of adjectives that describe your personal style and how you want to be seen and feel. 

By using style words, you can create a wardrobe that aligns with your personal style and helps you to express yourself confidently and authentically. 

How to find your style words?

The first step in discovering your style words is to create an inspiration board. You can do this by collecting images from magazines or online that you find inspiring. 

Once you have a collection of images, stand back and look at the whole board as one. Ask yourself what strikes you about the collection of images when viewed together and what theme stands out. It could be a colour palette, style, or maybe a general feeling. 

Write down the impression you see and what you feel from the collection of images, especially any adjectives that come to you when viewing the overall impression.

Next, look at each image you chose and ask yourself the following questions: 

  • Why do I love it? 
  • What does it say? 
  • How does it make me feel? 

Review the notes you have taken and highlight any descriptive words that come up repeatedly. 

Do any of them especially capture how you would like to be seen or how you want to feel?

Finally, choose five words that describe what you would love to convey through your clothes. 


You have now detected your style words. It will steer you and keep you on track when you have decisions to make about what to keep, what to buy, and what to wear.