What defines your personal style? Plenty of us have that gut instinct; we know instantly if a piece works or if it falls flat. But when it comes time to break down exactly what makes us tick, putting it into words can be tricky. As it turns out, sometimes it's just about asking the right questions.
That's where the "key three," the crucial questions every fashion girl knows the answers to, come into play. Each one takes careful consideration, but in the end, will make it very clear exactly how you define your personal style.
Armed with these three straightforward questions, things that once left you second-guessing yourself—which trends to actually try, the stores worth shopping at—become super simple. Interested in giving the "key three" a go? Just know that yes/no answers will do you no good here, and you may want a pen and paper to help you work it all out. Once complete, you'll have a map of how fashion makes you tick.
Read on for a breakdown, and shop some of our very own answers to each crucial questions!
The first question to ponder: Who are the designers you admire most? Whether it be the ultra-feminine style of Oscar de la Renta or edgy looks by Alexander Wang, zeroing in on which designer's style makes you tick is a great way to evaluate your personal style.
Fashion girls have a thing for Australian brand Ellery's avant-garde attitude.
This is the year of Gucci, and we're all about the brand's quirky-cool resurgence.
Life is better with a cool pair of sunglasses, and we're seriously impressed with CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund–nominated Krewe du Optic's stacked lineup.
We're head over heels for the trend-setting footwear of NYC shoe designer Maryam Nassir Zadeh.
Sometimes outside of the box is a great place to be. Rosie Assoulin's quirky designs are proof of that.
When you imagine your closet, what do you see? Is it chock-full of classic blazers and simple stripes? Or are you constantly swapping in the latest trends? Considering how you would describe your style is a crucial step in defining what you love about fashion.
If you'd use the word "sporty" to describe your style, chances are you've got a sneaker collection that's pretty impressive.
Stick to the classics? A simple striped dress will never do you wrong.
Ruffles may just be the pinnacle of feminine dressing.
For the self-proclaimed minimalist, there's no such thing as too much black.
Hip to every passing trend? Then you've had Chloé's rainbow sandals on your radar all summer.
Fashion girls always have an eye on the trends, but that being said, not every fleeting fashion moment is worth springing for. Take a step back and think about the trends that get you really excited. A well-curated wardrobe is all about picking and choosing what really feels like you.
Embroidery isn't going anywhere come fall, so scoop up something with details that speak to you.
A statement sleeve is the way to stand out from the crowd in 2016.
Jump on the fancy footwear train and give a pair of fun mules a chance.
A slinky slip dress is the perfect piece for your next night on the town.
and Velvet Trousers ($60)
Soft to the touch, and engrosslingly shiny, velvet is the look you'll be crushing on all season.
You've answered the questions, but still want to know more? Here are the season's trends you need to shop!