shutterstock_103453673-lowresWe begin to develop personal style in early childhood. As soon as we start showing signs of individuality, we demonstrate preferences for particular colors, patterns, design styles and flowers. Give ourselves some room to engage with those natural affinities, and our style further evolves. Since the time you began dressing yourself, you have begun to develop a sense of style, with color as your foundation. You have already mastered the basics.

Don’t worry if you are already past the point of really being aware when you first set out to identify your sense of style; just start where you are.

Set the stage for style success. What is your favorite color? Look in your closet at the colors you like to wear. Do you like glitter, casual or dressy clothes, or both? You do have a preference for one. Look around your house. What are the colors and style of your bedroom? What helps you feel peaceful? Is your kitchen painted with energetic colors and country decorative accents, or industrial? Look around your world and make note; your style is in front of you, you will learn how to identify it.

As you become more aware of how colors play off each other, you begin seeing colors and values.

For lessons that last, integrate fashion advice with other learning. Do you buy clothes on trend or comfort? Have you learned how to accentuate your assets? Now use that knowledge to set the stage to identify and build upon that information to create your floral design style.

Flower Shop, Florist ShopFor occasions when you have want a centerpiece for your dining room table, your florist will present options within your style, budget and color range. You make the final choice. Your florist will work with you so you feel confident in your choices and why you made that choice.

Get a feel for current floral styles. Look at home or lifestyle magazines, catalogs or websites for inspiration. Identify ideas and design trends you love and share them with your florist. Sit down one-on-one, so there’s a sharing of options. See what you’re drawn to. You may discover that you have a penchant for ’80s punk, or that your fashion muse is Grace Kelly or Madonna.

Ask your florist what is new in design and flowers. Learning about trends is a way to explore the boundaries of personal style. If you don’t think you have a strong sense of preference yet, being aware of what’s in fashion may help you feel more comfortable, whether you choose to blend in or stand out.

Either way, your local florist will ask all of the right questions, talk with you about size, color, style, and theme. The more you create with a professional, the more confident you become in your own choices. Just start by walking into a florist shopped see where your eye goes first!  Learning is fun and will filter throughout your life.

What have you learned about your own personal style?

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