I hope you’re enjoying our four part fashion “refresher” series on The Basics!
Fresh is the unique perspective that you bring to your own personal fashion. It’s what makes someone say, “I thought of you when I saw this!”
Some women have a very definite sense of their own style. But some women are unsure. And over time your style may have changed because of life circumstances. My style has certainly changed over time.
Where should you start to gain some perspective on your style?
Pinterest, of course.
It’s the modern way of pulling magazine pages. Join Pinterest if you’re not on there already. Ignore all the birthday parties and recipes; they’ll make you feel bad about yourself.
Start a board that says “style,” and then click on the Women’s Fashion category. START BROAD. Do you not censor yourself. Don’t ever say, “well I look terrible in mustard, I can’t pin that,” or “I love that look but I’m far too chesty to pull it off.”
Remove your figure or coloring from the assessment. Literally click Pin It if the outfit, color or look aesthetically appeals to you. You can always go back and edit.
If you want to focus your search, then use search terms for something you might need to wear: “work dress,” or “interview suit,” or “cocktail dress.” Use broad terms rather than style specific or color specific terms because you may have aspects of your style you’ll never catch if you input “green blouses” or “vintage pumps.” Right?
Now, after you have scrolled and searched and pinned for a half hour to an hour, go back to your board.
What are the commonalities?
Do you have those features in your wardrobe?
What colors, styles, looks, pieces are you drawn to?
I just went back and looked at my style board and found some interesting gaps.
First of all, I have a TON of color in my closet. More color than not. But on my board, neutrals dominate. Particularly blacks and whites. This really got me to rethink how I shop and how to edit my wardrobe.
Similarly, I pinned a lot of clean lines and narrow lines. I think because I’m carrying more weight, I’ve shied away from more narrow lines, but if I buy them in my size, they could certainly still work (not tight clothes, narrow lines).
I lean toward the classic, and my wardrobe reflects that sensibility.
This fresh eyes review allows me to assess what I really admire in other’s wardrobes and how to tailor those things that appeal to me in my own purchases (and how to edit of my closet which is coming later this month, prepare yourself!). This allows you the opportunity to shop without budget and get a better handle on what you like and what you should consider trying on next time you shop!
What IS your style? How do you customize things to make them unique to you?