In my last post, I talked about how I’ve had a personal style revelation. I was very much inspired by Chic Ethique’s winter capsule wardrobe and planner, and it sparked a change in the way I looked at my style. After setting aside time to think about my outfits, I pulled together a framework to help me define and refine my look. Today, I want to share some of the things that helped me–if you’re in a style rut, too, I hope these help!
- Keep track of your favorite outfits. Confession: I actually don’t really like most of the outfits I’ve posted in the last couple of years. They simply didn’t feel right, and part of that is because I was trying to mimic other bloggers’ styles. That being said, there are a few that felt perfect. I made a secret Pinterest board with all those looks and studied them. Why did I like them so much? What were some of the common elements and colors? Once I had those figured out, I moved on to Step 2.
- Pick a color palette. When I analyzed my favorite outfits, a few colors stood out to me: neutrals, deep green, burgundy, and red. They kept coming up over and over again! With that in mind, I made up a color palette for every season. Having a palette is a good way to make sure that all your clothes for each season work well together, plus you can incorporate the shades that make you feel best.
- Define your style. Part of the fun of clothes is playing with different styles, but I’ve found it’s best for me to limit the majority of my closet to two or three. Having a mix of retro, boho, preppy, classic, athleisure, trendy, and vintage stuff always made me kind of dread putting an outfit together. Nothing seemed to go together! Now, though, I’ve come up with a name for what I want to see when I throw open my closet doors: Classic Romantic. I love lace and girly dresses, but I’m also drawn to very simple and refined styles. Think Anthropologie meets J. Crew.
Already, these steps have made my life so much easier. Getting dressed in the morning is effortless! I know that most of my clothes are interchangeable, which means pulling together an outfit is a piece of cake. And it’s helped me curb my bad, bad shopping habits. Instead of buying anything and everything because I think it’s “cute,” I have a solid focus for what I want to add. It’s shopping with intention, y’all.
So what about you guys? What’s your style journey been like? Did you find these tips helpful?