Top 3 Tips on How to Stand Out From the Crowd

May 30, 2016

TheGroveFlowersThis last weekend, I took a trip out The Grove, a beautiful outdoor mall in Los Angeles.  My girlfriend, So Fresh and So Chic and I headed out to the Topshop X StyleCon event.  Since it was held on a Saturday and the weather was perfect (22°C/73°F, yet colder than Toronto which has been about 33°C/91°F all week), it was crowded.  This got me thinking of what it meant to stand out in a crowd.  Not just in how we present ourselves with what we wear, but in every day life and as professionals in an environment where we’d often feel it’s crowded.  Whether it’s hunting for a new job, travelling, being at a cool event or in your relationships with others, doing things that showcase your unique qualities, exceptional abilities and personality is something to be valued and worth sharing with others. 

TopShop X StyleConTopShop StyleCon Step RepeatWhen I completed my undergraduate degree, I didn’t really think of this so much, but having played so many sports, training 3x a day and having done almost every track and field event I luckily built this sort of go-to attitude.  I also learned so much from seeing how great people treat others around me.  Since they left lasting impressions on me, It made me want to pass on the good vibes. We all have qualities and special features that help us stand out from the rest, but it’s learning how to own those skills and using them well.

The GroveTop 3 Things to Stand Out From the Crowd

1) Show Your Personality Through Your Personal Style

There have been numerous occasions where I’m attending an event or a party and find myself asking “What should I wear?” and “Is this too much?” The best thing I did years ago was to not overthink those things and tell myself it’s better to be overdressed than to be under-dressed.  I mean, you can’t really be embarrassed for dressing nicely, can you? If you’re shy, wearing something beautiful will definitely draw extroverts like me to come by and compliment your outfit and start a conversation. I’d like to think that most people appreciate the effort and beauty.

When it comes to job interviews, leaning more on the classic and professional side, but adding your own personal touch is a great way to show that you are professional, but unique. So many people wear a black, grey or navy suit suit jacket, so don’t be afraid to wear a well structured stripe blazer with a nice knee-length skirt, or a patterned blouse with slacks. The key is to attract the right attention and still come off looking professional.

TheGrove2) Go Against the Grain

I feel like there is a almost a standard attitude or social protocol in everything we do.  I remember when I applied for jobs, everyone would always submit an application with a cover letter, but I recall feeling like I’d get lost in the pile of resumes.  Some social rules are meant to be broken.  There are so many different ways you can make yourself stand out.  Now that you can buy hand bags and get them customized with personal monograms, or add accessories to bags that give that extra personal touch, you can have so much fun doing things differently from everyone else!

When it comes to job hunting, I remember reading about a hiring manager who had received a Kit Kat chocolate bar with a resume over courier and note that said, “Take a Break” and of course, she picked that package, broke open the delightful treat and started reading.  It didn’t mean that this person got preferential treatment because something like that could really can only get you so far, but it definitely stood out and arrived in a special manner, so it was a great way to draw the hiring manager’s attention and give it a quick read to see if the person would be a good candidate.  Some use special stock paper, while others use their own special unique traits to make them stand out.  We’re all different and have something special to offer, so being unique and adding special touches to things seem boring come off as enjoyable, and if done well, leave a lasting impression.

At The GroveAtTheGrove3) Go Beyond Expectations

Whoever came out with the quote, Go the Extra Mile. It’s Less Crowded There was incredibly smart and probably very, very hard working. Going after what you want and trying your hardest means you won’t have any regrets about pursuing the things you desire in life. I love going off the beaten path, but this goes for all aspects in life – health family, career and lifestyle.  For me, this is especially true for when I travel and in my working life.  At work, this can be taking on extra tasks, spending extra time with people in various departments or taking the lead on parts of a project that need assistance moving forward.  In life, this could be surprising someone with a small hand written note, a little treat or something that costs little to nothing.  The thought and effort is always appreciated, noted in the back of our minds and rarely ever forgotten.

Is there something you’ve done that made you stand out from the crowd with work or friends that was completely unexpected?  I’d absolutely love to hear your stories!  Please comment below if you enjoyed this post or have a moment to share.

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Xo,

Miki

Outfit:  Sleeveless top by H&M similar here.  Skirt by Leith available here. Shoes by ZARA,but almost the exact same pair on Public Desire here. Purse by See by Chloè, similar at Luisa via Roma here.

Photo credit to my one and only, Rise Again BJJ

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  • Violette May 31, 2016 at 4:53 am

    You look beautiful, I love this outfit! Great tips!

    http://violettedaily.com

    • miki May 31, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks Voilette! ?
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Marie May 31, 2016 at 5:31 am

    Such a lovely look ! You looks so pretty . <3
    Kisses
    Marie

    http://www.whatiwearinlondon.com

    • miki May 31, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks Marie!
      ?
      Xo,
      Miki

  • sasha May 31, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Great post! I overthink a lot 🙁
    http://www.sashaelizabeth.com/

    • miki May 31, 2016 at 5:47 pm

      Aww. Don’t worry girl. We all do from time to time!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • The Fashion Folks May 31, 2016 at 7:58 am

    These tips are lovely, especially go beyond expectations! Xx

    http://www.thefashionfolks.com

    • miki May 31, 2016 at 5:52 pm

      Always a good way to go, right? 🙂
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Lindsey Simon May 31, 2016 at 10:16 am

    What great tips! Also love your look. Thanks for sharing 😉

    Love, Lindsey
    http://www.thenomisniche.com/

    • miki May 31, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      Thanks Lindsey! Glad you enjoyed it!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Stella May 31, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Amazing look!

    http://www.sugarpopfashion.com

    • miki June 29, 2016 at 7:04 pm

      Thanks!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • DEMELER May 31, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    love this post!
    xx
    http://thedemeler.com

    • miki May 31, 2016 at 5:56 pm

      Thanks Demeler!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Mary May 31, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    This is a great post and right up my alley. My ex-boyfriend hated when I stood out, which is why he is my ex 🙂 You look adorable

    • miki June 5, 2016 at 11:14 pm

      Thanks! Nice – Always good to be with someone that uplifts you and doesn’t hold you back!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Carmen June 1, 2016 at 12:53 am

    Gorgeous look – I love this skirt!
    xx, Carmen – http://www.carmitive.com

    • miki June 7, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      Thanks Carmen! 🙂
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Mónica Sors June 1, 2016 at 2:23 am

    The skirt is very elegant 😉
    xx
    Mónica Sors
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    • miki June 7, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      Thanks so much! 🙂
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Elizabeth June 1, 2016 at 3:41 am

    You look gorgeous! Great tips
    xx

    Takeoffs & Landings

    • miki June 7, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      Thanks so much Elizabeth! Glad you enjoyed it.
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Dorothea June 1, 2016 at 5:22 am

    Such a gorgeous Look!
    xx Dorothea
    http://justambitious.com/

    • miki June 7, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      Thanks Dorothea! 🙂
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Rach June 1, 2016 at 5:41 am

    Your outfit is for sure a showstopper! Such a beautiful skirt! And thanks for the great tips!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

    • miki June 7, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      Thanks so much Rach! 🙂 One of the few midi skirts I own and just love it.
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Amy Arnold June 1, 2016 at 5:52 am

    Sounds like such a fun event. You definitely picked the perfect outfit. I love that skirt!!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • miki June 7, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      Definitely fun – especially with gal pals! Thanks Amy!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Catherine June 1, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Love the outfit, and the post! I’m so glad I read this post it was exactly what I needed to hear. I actually just recently started to worry that I blend too much into the crowd, so this post was really helpful.

    xo
    Catherine | Beauty by Catherine

    • miki June 7, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      Aw thanks Catherine. It always means a lot to me when I read a comment like this. I’m sure with your beauty techniques, people notice you just on your gorgeous face!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Tamara June 1, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Great tips! You look great, I absolutely love this skirt!

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

    • miki June 7, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      Thanks a bunch!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Konstantina Antoniadou June 1, 2016 at 11:21 am

    your look is SO pretty!
    http://www.kmeetsstyle.com

    • miki June 7, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      Thanks so much Konstantina!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Salome June 1, 2016 at 11:40 am

    great post dear , Love your outfit , so stylish
    also check out my blog

    https://thefashionsateen.wordpress.com/

    • miki June 7, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      Thanks Salome!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Kate June 1, 2016 at 11:53 am

    I totally agree that I’d rather be overdressed than underdressed! Great tips, lovely photos and gorgeous outfit! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

    • miki June 7, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      Thanks Kate! 🙂 Gotta love dressing up, right? 🙂
      Xo,
      Miki

  • michelle June 1, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Love these tips & obsessed with your look. It would definitely make me do a double take on the street. Those Shoes!!!

    http://michellespaige.com

    • miki June 7, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      Thanks Michelle!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Filipa Jackson June 1, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    This is beautiful, you look amazing babe

    Filipa xxx
    PlayingWithApparel.com | Instagram

    • miki June 7, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      Thanks so much Filipa!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Face to Curls June 1, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    You look beautiful and this outfit is gorgeous! Love those shoes too. Great tips!

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com

    • miki June 7, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      Thanks so much! They’re comfortable to walk in, too – bonus, right?!

      Xo,
      Miki
      http://mikialamode.com

  • ~ carmen ~ June 1, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    You have amazing legs! I really like your tips especially about showing your personality. Sometimes people get to obsessed with showing off a certain trends rather than themselves. Just gotta be you. :]

    // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

    • miki June 7, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      I agree! And thanks so much – that really means a lot to me! I used to work out a lot and was recently a little self conscious about them since I haven’t worked out more than twice a month since injury 10 months ago.
      Xo,
      Miki

  • yuka June 1, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    I live right down the street from the grove, it’s definitely way crowded there, I could never get good photos there. You did a wonderful job though! Also I really love the story about the kit kat and resume. really smart!

    http://www.prettyinleather.net

    • miki June 21, 2016 at 1:36 am

      Thanks so much Yuka! Such a great area to live and it’s insanely crowded there! 🙂
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Frits June 2, 2016 at 1:45 am

    You are so beautiful, and fashion look

    • miki June 7, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      Thanks so much Fritz. So sweet of you! 🙂
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Elena June 2, 2016 at 2:08 am

    Oh you look just amazing! The bright colours suit you absolutely well and you really created the perfect summerlook!
    XO
    Elena
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    http://saintjeans.de/

    • miki June 7, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      Thanks so much, Elena!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • carolina June 2, 2016 at 6:57 am

    i loveee your skirt! its beautiful

    http://www.carolinapinglo.com/

    • miki June 7, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      Thanks Carolina! One of my favorite new additions, too. 🙂 I wish I had bought it when it was on sale as it is now though. lol At least I wore it a few times before that happened.
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Marsya Aulia rizkita June 2, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    You’re really high fashion!
    In love with your style from head to toe.

    heymarsya.blogspot.co.id

    • miki June 7, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks Marsya! Such a beautiful compliment!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • SheilaWalker June 3, 2016 at 2:17 am

    Your shoes are fashion.

    • miki June 7, 2016 at 4:01 pm

      Thanks! 🙂
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Dominique June 3, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Looking gorgeous! LOVE those shoes! xx

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    • miki June 7, 2016 at 4:01 pm

      Thanks Dominique! They’re a total steal online now, too!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • districtofchic June 3, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Beautiful look – better to be unique than look just like everyone else!

    District of Chic

    • miki June 7, 2016 at 4:03 pm

      Definitely! 🙂
      Xo,
      Miki

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    • miki June 7, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      Thanks Maria!
      Xo,
      Miki

  • Sara June 4, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Great advice, and amazing Photos! You look stunning!

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    • miki June 7, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks so much!
      Xo,
      Miki