If you know me, then you’ll know that I’m a bit of a rebel in terms of style. I’ve never really fit in when it comes to my personal sense of fashion or beauty and, quite honestly, I prefer it that way. I had an epiphany back in middle school when I wanted to rock my mom’s old vest from the 80’s and a “friend” said she wouldn’t want to be seen with me if I wore it. I lost a crappy friend that day, but I gained a whole lot of confidence in my sense of style and confidence. The joke’s on her, though, because a few years later, 80’s was back on trend – BOO-YAH poser. I thought I was the ultimate trendsetter, obviously, but because I’m often out of sync with whatever trends are happening in the now, my style remains firmly planted in the misfit realm. Couple that with a love for monochrome and fishnet and you can see I was clearly always destined to stand out. If you’re like me and find yourself dancing to the beat of your own style and beauty drums, then I’ve drafted up a manifesto of sorts to help you really own your title as Queen (or King) of the Misfits because les-b-honest: that’s exactly where you belong anyway.
10 Tips to Make Your Misfit Style Stand Out
1. Get In Touch With Your Inner Misfit. Getting in touch with your inner misfit isn’t as new age as it might sound. What I like to do is figure out which style misfits inspire me the most. For instance, my favorites include Kenzie from Lost Girl and Sarah from Orphan Black, but you can choose any kind of character or person you like. It could be a character from a film or TV show, a book character, celebrity, or even a blogger. Once you have your misfit style icons, whoever they are, break down what they all have in common. Which elements do you like about their style most? Once you’ve answered those questions, you can begin to incorporate them into your own personal look.
2. Discover Your Signature Look. This doesn’t have to be set in stone, but figure out what works best for you. Is it graphic tees and distressed denim? Goth clothing and industrial boots? Full-on steampunk corsets and skirts? Whatever the look is, make sure it’s one you’re comfortable and confident in. There’s nothing worse than trying to rock a style that you hate.
3. Have Fun With Makeup. Take a day or two out and play with different colors and styles of makeup. Try a smokey eye, funky colors, wild cat eyeliner, or bold lips in weird colors (teal, bronze, and purple are awesome!). The only way you’ll discover a makeup look and style that you like is by trying different things out and seeing what both suits your face best and compliments your style. Don’t let products limit you either; you can totally use a funky colored eye shadow as a lipstick or a lipstick as a creme shadow or blush. The sky is the limit.
4. Go Wild With Textures. Some people think that the only way you can create unique style is with different cuts of clothing and colors, but that’s absolutely untrue. Textures are something that are highly underutilized and can make a big, but subtle difference in an outfit. For instance, shorts with tights can be cute, but shorts with ripped tights or fishnet? It’s in a whole other league of it’s own. The texture of the fishnet, especially, gives the look a completely different effect. You can also have fun with other textures like velvet, mesh, lacy, denim, and leather. Mix and match them to finds looks that you like; you’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover what looks good together.
5. Mix Patterns. Patterns are another source of underrated style tools! My favorite patterns to mix are red plaid and leopard print, but you can mix floral and stripes, camo and floral, and many others to get unique looks that add entirely new elements to your outfits. This takes a bit of trial and error to get right, but it’s worth the risk! The right patterns together can make you stand out in a seriously good way.
6. Don’t Be Afraid of Color. You might have it in your head that colors are only for trendy people, but that’s a lie. Adding color to your outfits can brighten you up in a good way. Whether it’s a brighter hair color, a neon messenger bag, or a bold lip color, these are all great ways to give otherwise generic looks a more distinct feel to them.
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7. Crazy Tattoos and Shoes. I’m not telling you to go out and get a bunch of tattoos (unless you want to), but tattoos do add a unique element to personal style that’s special all on it’s own. If you’re not up for real ink, you can always go for temporary tattoos and get the look for the day! Aside from tattoos, shoes are another great way to make a statement. Flatforms, creepers, platforms, stilettos, thigh boots, etc. All of these add something special to a look. Flatforms give the appearance of longer legs and look punk without having to throw on boots. Creepers often have unique leather or fur textures and colors. Platforms and stilettos can add a feminine touch to masculine looks and thigh boots can give any outfit a sense of sexy BAMF.
8. Go Bold with Hair, Nails and Accessories. There are so many funky hair colors and cuts to choose from. Whether you get a faux hawk, shave one side, or simply dye your hair a bright color (teal and lilac are my favorites), these are all great ways to ensure you stand out in a good way! Wild nail art is another fun, but less permanent, way to be bold. Japanese girls even glue on mini ribbons and metal charms to their nails. Why not take a page out of that look book? Accessories are another way to add more fun textures, patterns, or colors to an outfit. Add a brightly colored bag or bracelet to an outfit to make it pop or uniquely designed ear cuffs or ear jackets for an edgier effect.
9. Master the Attitude. What’s the style without a little attitude? At the end of the day, if you can’t rock your style with a bit of sass and wit, you’ll only look like a kid playing dress up in their sibling’s goth clothes.
10. Own It! Need I say more? Your sense of style won’t be nearly as awesome without the commitment needed to really own and strut your look so be confident, be cool, and be you.
One last thing I want you to remember after all is said and done: Be Yourself.
The most important (and surprisingly misfit) thing you can ever do with whatever style is to be yourself. Yes, you, just as you are, you unique little snowflake! Being unapologetically yourself, complete with all your idiosyncracies, quirks, and weirdness is what makes you special and it also helps others open up to being who they are as well. So, take ownership of yourself and f*ck the haters. They’re probably just mad they couldn’t get their hair that perfect shade of teal.