One of the questions I always ask my clients is, “Do you have any style icons? If so, who are they?” I would say that about 50% can reel off a few icons instantly. The other 50% have none. And that latter half are often incredibly surprised to realize that they have none.
I think fashion magazines have trained us to believe that identifying personal style icons is essential to crafting personal style, but that’s not really the case. Depending on how you’re wired, you may be able to draw inspiration from a billion sources and process it into a cohesive style. But it can be helpful to note which women dress in ways that you consistently admire, especially if you ask yourself why you admire their style. Identifying the icon without teasing out the why isn’t nearly as helpful, in my experience. So:
Do you have any personal style icons, famous or otherwise? If so, who are they? And WHY do you admire their style? If not, do you think identifying one might be helpful to you?