Boldly taking a deep dive into the world of fashion, style, and trends may leave you feeling overwhelmed at first due to the sheer amount of information and the speed at which trends move. If you’re just starting out with a new interest in personal style, begin with your own fashion sense before taking your love of fashion beyond just a hobby. As an introduction to becoming a better fashionista, finding new ways to improve your sense of style at any age will better train you to pick out successful trends and good looks.

Improve Your Observation Skills

All fashion professionals keep their eyes open to the beauty that surrounds them. You need to improve your stealthy people-watching skills to notice what styles are in right now. Watch videos from trusted industry professionals and keep an eye on the upper crust of society to pick out the elements of fashion and why they’re popular. It isn’t enough to know they’re popular; figuring out the “why” of a trend may help you predict the kinds of trends that’ll be popular in the near future.

Rotate Your Wardrobe

You can’t become an expert in style by maintaining a stagnant wardrobe. Whether you’re joining trends or doing your own thing, make sure you add clothes and accessories that match the season and year. Avoid making fashion mistakes in the winter—especially the kinds of mistakes that leave you feeling cold and uncomfortable.

When you start feeling like your wardrobe has become stale but you don’t have enough room in the closet for new clothes, take time to remove some old clothes and give them to those in need. Sell clothes online—some brand name articles of clothing may pocket you more money than you’d expect, even if they’re old.

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Be Bold

Once you’ve taken time to train yourself with new ways to improve your sense of style, try your hand at trendsetting. Schedule a day a week or a month where you try something new—whether it’s a subtle accessory or a brand-new outfit is up to you. You’ll need to get out of your comfort zone and move on from being a novice fashionista; starting small and a day at a time will warm you up to taking risks and building your credibility.

After perfecting your sense of style as a hobby, you may even consider trying to make a career out of modeling. Other careers you may consider may involve fashion blogging or becoming a designer—no matter your age, it’s never too late or too early to start your fashion journey.

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