So, this is going to be pretty fun.
Pour yourself a cup of tea, grab yourself a slice of cake, and curl up with a stack of magazines (or Pinterest) and get ready to while away an evening looking at pretty pictures!
The first thing to do is think: whose personal style do you admire?
It can be a celebrity, a blogger, even a tv character. Search for images of them, and save anything that you like to a new Pinterest board. Don't think too hard at this stage, just save every image that you find yourself drawn to. We'll analyse and refine later on.
I've always admired Alexa Chung's style. Who doesn't, right?! And I loved Taylor Swift's style before she went all grunge. On TV, I always find myself lusting after Clara Oswald's outfits! Blogger-wise, I'm all about Liv and Kristabel.
Once you've built up a collection of photos, scroll through them and make note of anything that immediately jumps out at you: recurring colours, shapes, fabrics, or patterns.
You can see from my Pinterest board that I'm apparently really into black, red, navy, mustard, and camel. I favour skater dresses, skinny jeans and fitted tops, cropped biker jackets or oversized coats. I like stripes, polka dots, tartan - and a splash of leopard!
Now think about more specific elements and styling details. Combinations like ankle boots and short skirts, polo necks and pinafores, and details like peter pan collars, ladylike handbags, and simple jewellery are jumping out at me.
The good news is, this isn't much of a surprise to me! I have lots of these pieces and colours already in my wardrobe. If you're planning on more of a complete wardrobe overhaul, you'll probably find the opposite - that the images you've pinned look totally different to what you already have in your wardrobe. And that's totally fine! In fact, you'll get to have a lot more fun on the next step...