Developing (& Polishing) Your Personal Style

Friday, June 7, 2019

I talk A LOT about curating a personal style. It's so important in building a cohesive wardrobe, shopping with intention, putting outfits together, and overall having a sense of what you like to wear. 

But if you've never developed a personal style, where do you begin? I wrote a small post on this topic a few years ago, but things have changed a bit and it's time to dive DEEP.

So, first things first. 

If you're 100% lost when it comes to building a cohesive wardrobe, it's okay. Rome wasn't built in a day. We'll be going step by step, one thing at a time, the first being:

Identify & Write Down Style Goals 
What do you want to accomplish with your wardrobe? What are your goals, style and otherwise? This can be anything from climbing the career ladder to taking more style risks. Write this down and let it be a blueprint for your personal style.

Find Your Style Muse
Once you have your goals in mind, it's time to put a mood board together, and the first step to that is finding a muse. Look at celebrities, television characters. etc. whose style you're drawn to & whose body types are similar to yours. Create a pinterest board or collage with images you find (you can find mine here) These can be a sounding board for building a wardrobe, and can help spark outfit ideas when you're all out. 

Create A List Of Wardrobe Basics 
Now that you have more of a sense of what your style has the potential of becoming, creating a list of basics is the next step. While I've created a list of basics I think should be in every closet it's not a concrete list, and you can add or subtract based on your needs. 

When you look at your mood board, what are some basic pieces you see a pattern of? Is it plain blouses? Pencil skirts? Dresses? (there's a lot of dresses on mine) These are the things you'll be able to build off of, so make a list. 

Shop Your Closet 
List in hand, now it's time to shop through your closet. Get rid of the things that no longer serve the style you're wanting to achieve. Once you do this, you'll have a better idea of what your wardrobe will consist of, and you can add to this list seasonally. 

The goal is to create a cohesive closet that countless outfits can be created from. You don't necessarily have to have one style- for instance, mine is classic with a little bit of trendy business casual and sometimes I like to be a little bit edgier, and I have items in my closet that any of those styles can be created with. 


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