To The Girl Who Still Hasn't Found Her Style | Clozette


In a world where everything is so fast-paced, finding your own voice, your own place, and your own style add up to the millions of things that you worry about as a modern-day woman. It can look petty when compared to other problems, such as juggling your daily roles, combating stress from work, etc., but it can prove to be much more significant than you think. 


Finding your own style gives you an opportunity to express yourself in a way that nobody else can. It is an extension of yourself and the self that you present to the outside world. It also serves as the perfect armour for a trouble-filled day. 


So if you feel like you haven't found a style you can completely call your own, here's a little message from us to you. 


We work at different paces



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Fashion trends come and go, but style is more of a way of life. We can feel constricted by certain factors such as budget, daily routines, school or workplace dress codes, etc., but the thing is, it is work in progress. No one's born into being stylish, and the word itself is completely subjective. Try as much as possible to focus on looks that make you feel comfortable and work your way from there. Never compromise your own comfort for something that you don't feel like your full self in — that is the essence of style. 


Embrace a look you identify with



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Rules? There are none but there are a few guidelines when it comes to fashion. Take a piece of fashion advice that you feel okay with, and chuck out those that aren't your cup of tea. The industry needs to catch up to years of fashion reinvention, considering that it has only started to become inclusive. So ladies, whatever floats your boat, you have the upper hand when it comes to choosing how you want to dress.


Find an icon



Not a fan of supermodels? No problem. Finding your style icon is all about having someone as a reference, whether they're a celebrity, a fictional character, or even someone you personally know, like your mum or your punk sister. Experimenting and going through phases before you find a style that you can completely call your own is a fun and exciting process. And hey, everyone had to base their style on someone else's — it doesn't make you look less unique. 

What you think matters



At the end of the day, what you consider 'stylish' is completely up to you. You don't have to compare each and everything you try on to someone else's just to see if the boot fits. It's all about being the best version of yourself no matter what outfit you're wearing. Don't even bother about the price tag too; $1 or $1000, as long as you're confident in what you're wearing, style — and elegance — will come by your side naturally. 


Everyone has had their fair share of style dilemmas. Read on how some of our Clozette Ambassadors overcame theirs

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The days are getting hotter, friends. How do you feel about the coming of spring and summer? We're having mixed feelings because we do miss the cooler breeze, but mostly we're excited about the prospect of going to beaches and doing more outdoor stuff. We're also equally excited about what's been happening in the worlds of beauty and fashion lately.


Share in our excitement as we go through the fun things that happened with the help of this week's Insider Round-up.


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A girl faces a bull



Wall Street's famous “Charging Bull” statue now has competition. A $2.5 trillion asset manager put a statue of a defiant girl in front of the bull in time for International Women's Day. The statue's message is simple but bold: There is a need for gender diversity in the workplace, especially in a male-dominated one like Wall Street. 


Milk for everyone


Wall Street is not the only place where gender is being talked about. In the world of beauty, Milk Makeup has made a statement by launching its #BlurTheLines campaign inspired by their Blur Stick.


“We're blurring the lines on the gender spectrum and exploring what individuality truly means today,” the brand said.

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Nike for Hijabi



Nike has launched a product for Muslim women. The "Pro Hijab" is an answer to Muslim women athletes' call for hijabs that fit the demands of the sports they play.


Lollipop Lips



The beauty world is constantly evolving, and trends come by the dozen. The latest thing to surface is the lollipop lips trend. Yes, they look just how you pictured them in your head — a messy stained look akin to when you eat lollipop like a kid.



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Another one for a Hadid




There's no stopping the Hadid sisters from becoming modelling powerhouses. Bella Hadid has just been named the new face of Dior Beauty.


Beautiful harmonies



From one beauty to another, here's a mesmerising rendition of the classic tune from the Beauty and the Beast by John Legend and Ariana Grande. 



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New from Downy



You can ditch the perfume when your clothes smell awesome. In time for International Women's Day, Downy launched its new and improved  Parfum Collection.  We were there to witness the unveiling, which featured Malaysian actress Scha Alyahya, Miss Vietnam 2012 Dang Thu Taho, Thai actress Araya "Chompoo" Hargate, and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach. Make sure to follow us on Instagram so you get to see new product releases with us!

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Missed last week's round-up? Get your fix here.

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Fashion is keeping up with the trends; style, on the other hand, is finding your own voice in the pieces you wear. But putting on an ensemble and calling it your own is no easy feat. It's all about your own personality, preferences, and hey, even budget comes into play, too! 

So the question remains: how can you find our own style? 

Don't fret! We asked Clozette Ambassadors Juliana, Samantha, Jamila, and Monica on the challenges they faced as they went on to live and breathe their own style, and they share how they overcame them. 

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Juliana


"I struggled to find my personal style in my early teens. I could be a bohemian one week and a gothic fashionista the next. Sometimes I would even wear more androgynous clothes for some added masculinity in my style.

To be honest, even to this day today, I'm still trying to find my way in creating a style I can call my own.

However, I also think that the better you know yourself, the better insight you have into what is important and what is of value to your life. Finding your own style is no different; it's about being true to yourself.

It hasn't always been easy to find a voice when there are so many intelligent and beautiful souls around, but I think I've carved a style niche for myself through my passion for life and love and all things Disney! Today, my style is largely influenced by how I feel and what inspires me.

It's okay to commit a fashion faux pas once in a while. Fashion is all about experimenting anyway. The most important thing is to be comfortable in our skin no matter what we're donning for the day. Carpe diem!"
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Samantha


"Just like other girls, I struggled with my sense of identity when I was a teenager and referred to new media to learn how to dress, act, and speak. As I grew older, I realised that conforming to societal norms do not reflect one’s true style. I believe that, first and foremost, women should be comfortable in their own skin and it is through this that they can allow their personality to shine regardless of what they’re wearing.

Choose something trendy, choose something classy, choose something casual, choose something extravagant — whatever. Just remember to own your outfits with your attitude."


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Monica


"The only struggle I encountered when it came to my personal style was that I wasn't confident enough to wear what I really like. I was afraid of what other people will say, and so I settled with plain [and safe] ensembles. But then, I overcame it by learning to love myself and my imperfections. It was then that I realised that being able to dress the way I want [by my own rules] boosted my confidence.

Fast forward to my style now, I learned to love experimental ensembles. You would mostly see me going for classy and sophisticated pieces without any more inhibitions."


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Jamila


"Style is personal. There are no rules. Style comes from knowing who you are and who you want to be, but of course, there are struggles. And to me, it was the fact that I love mixing fabrics and shapes in different ways. I like to dress up in a playful, flirty manner, and be girly with flouncy skirts and cinched waists. But sometimes, I worry about people judging me because of how dynamic my style is.

I used to encounter people staring at me as if I'm from a different planet, and their eyes are all on me, and it made me feel so conscious about myself and my style. But I told myself, hey, my business is my business. I feel like it looks good on me, and I know how to work with what I’ve got, and I’m ready to flaunt it without looking like I'm trying too hard. It made me realise that I can’t please everyone to like what I'm wearing. It's all about having confidence in knowing that you can pull off whatever it is that you're are wearing."

So to everyone, I encourage you to take risks and follow your true style to keep your wardrobe modern, fun, and exciting!"


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