If you want a signature style, but have no idea where to start then a signature piece is your answer.
Think Anna Wintour and her sunglasses. Pharrell with his hat. And Audrey Hepburn and the little black dress. While these examples are iconic, your signature piece doesn’t need to be larger than life. Nor do you need to be rich or famous to have one. Your signature piece only needs to be meaningful for you.
Click play to watch the video where I talk about why you need a signature piece and share examples of some of mine.
A signature piece is something that people come to recognize as you. It could be sentimental – like a passed down piece of jewelry. Or it may be something you felt compelled to buy while on vacation. When others see something similar to your signature piece, they immediately think of you.
Sometimes your signature piece isn’t obvious to others. If it’s small, people won’t see it right away, but that’s okay. The inherent feature of a signature piece is the way it makes you feel. How you received the piece isn’t as important as why you want to wear it. Ultimately, your signature piece is worn to remind you of yourself.
One of my signature pieces is a pair of diamond studs that my aunt and uncle gave me when I was 13 years old. I put them in my ears back then, and haven’t taken them out since. And the reason I’ve kept them on for all these years is because I love them. They’re classic and pretty. And I love that something from that long ago still resonates with me. These earrings made me feel pretty back then, and they still do now. And while I wouldn’t define my style as classic, there’s a persistence within me – like these tiny diamond studs – that just keep showing up. So these earrings remind me of this quality in myself.
When you find a signature piece that you love and want to wear regularly, you’re telling the world something about yourself. To me, Anna Wintour’s sunglasses make her mysterious. Pharrell looks happy in his hat. And that little black dress makes Audrey Hepburn the quintessential lady. What do you want others to know about you? Let your signature piece share fun clues to who you are.
Some obvious signature pieces could be an engagement ring which tells people you’re in love.
Another obvious choice would be wearing your birthstone. In this situation you’re telling others about when you’re born. I’ve collected some amethyst jewelry through the years. But they’ve become less about my signature and worn more for special occasions.
Here are 3 reasons to wear a signature piece.
Completion– Once you’ve found your signature piece, it’ll help you get dressed – you can style yourself around its elements. Also, because signature items are often accessories, you’ll get your third element with this piece to finish off your look.
Consistency– If you love your signature piece, and wear it everyday it’ll add a common thread to all your outfits. This is great if you feel like you’ve been all over the place with what you wear. It’ll help refine and define your style.
Communication – Your signature piece tells the world something about you. I wear floral as my signature which tells the world I love the feminine print. If you chose red as your signature, you’d communicate power that’s associated with the bold hue.
If you’re looking to create a style that’s recognizably you, consider integrating a signature piece. This item will show the world who you are while filling you with confidence to show up as the most authentic version of yourself.