Tom Ford on being true to yourself:

‘The women [in my show] don’t change their look from day to day. They have figured out who they are – that’s what makes you iconic, by the way. Figure out who you are, figure out what you like, figure out what you look good in.’


These are the women Tom Ford was referring to – models of his latest show. Here I would like to talk about Tom’s quote at the beginning of this post. “Figure out who you are, figure out what you like, figure out what you look good in.” Isn’t that what good style is all about? I don’t think anyone ever summoned it up better than him. These three things are crucial for a recognisable and good personal style and I think everyone, including me, could be driven by these thoughts when in search of the best possible personal style. But is that easy? Nope.

First, figuring out who you are…I mean, is lifetime enough? OK, I may be exaggerating but really, knowing yourself isn’t so easy but it is crucial in this operation. Figuring out if you are a classic, conservative, innovative, brave, retro, modern, sexy, vamp, hippie, business… or more at once. You can start by asking questions like: Do I love to be in the spotlight or behind the camera? Am I more settled down or restless? Do I live for thrills and excitements or am I more quiet and introverted person? Am I open-minded or conservative? Do I love to change or stick to my known ways? I mean, you’ve surely at least once seen a personality test of some kind in newspapers or online. Do it to see what are your main characteristics and what is your personality really like. Without knowing yourself  it is hard to dress genuinely. It simply won’t fit you and the outcome won’t look that good.

Figuring out what you like shouldn’t be a problem. Your mind reacts when you notice something that attracts you and evokes greater interest. “What you like” can easily be found in magazines, in the street, on TV… just look and seek. What attracts you? Who do you want to look like? What do you go back to?

Figuring out what looks good on you is tricky. Sometimes, clothes you like won’t look good on you. Stand in front of the mirror and admit to yourself that your body is specific. There are areas you want to show and those you’d rather hide. Be aware of the later ones and dress to cover them while at the same time showing off your good sides. It will take time, but do it anyway. And have a friend help you. Someone objective will surely speed up the process.



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