How to Improve Your Style Today, Next Year, and 10 Years From Now

It’s not uncommon to think about style in the form of “phases”. That middle school phase when all you ever wanted to look like was a Delia’s catalog model. The phase post–college graduation when you bought a bunch of “professional” clothes before you were even sure what your profession was. That summer you only wore off-the-shoulder tops. What was that about, right? In retrospect, none of these single moments define you, per se, but we don’t consider any of them wrong and certainly not uncommon. They’re more of a reminder: Cultivating true personal style takes time and a bit of trial and error.

Thankfully, it’s never too late to figure out what’s most you, and if you even just start today, we’ve culled some solid advice for what to do first. In an attempt to discover what it takes to enjoy a lifetime of personal style, we asked three experts who each have a unique POV, including celebrity stylist Micaela Erlanger (whose clients include Lupita Nyong’o, Diane Kruger, and Michelle Dockery), creative director Sofia Shannon of sustainable fashion brand Amur, and photographer and street style star Tamu McPherson, for their best advice on how to make changes today that have immediate and last results.

See what they have to say about living your truest, most stylish life below.