In talking with friends on the topic of feeling “stuck”, I now realize, I’m not the only gal around town in a style rut. After 2 years of “stay home style”, I for one, am ready for a change. But I’ve felt paralyzed – burdened with a feeling of having done (and worn!) the same old thing, for way too long.
I’ll admit, wearing my pajamas “to work”, and donning a pair of joggers for “fancier ” occasions felt liberating for a few months, but now it’s time to reset.
Step one along any style journey, is to recognize that your style today, may look quite different than it did 2 years ago. Nothing is the same, we’ve all changed in more ways than one. How we work, travel, play, socialize, and choose to spend our free time is different than it was prior to March 2020. For many of us, uncomfortable shoes and clothing are no longer an option. For some, our wardrobes may no longer reflect our 2022 lifestyle. For others, we may have negative emotions tied to our pandemic wardrobes. Whatever the case, it’s time to look forward, and rediscover your personal style!
Step 1: Take a Style Quiz
A quick Google search will result in many free versions of similar type, but I found (THIS) quiz over at Style Therapy to be the most straight forward. This quick quiz assumes that everyone belongs to one or a combination of these 5 style types: Classic, Chic, Whimsical, Bohemian and Avant-Garde. Its a short quiz, and of the ones out there on the internet, I found it to provide the most insightful information.
Step 2: Understand Your Body
Clothes that were flattering 2 years ago, may not be so today. For a refresher on body types along with styling examples from real women, hop on over to How to Find the Most Flattering Sweater for Your Body Type (HERE) along with 11 Ideas for Styling Denim for Your Body Type (HERE)
Step 3: Create a Style Pinterest Board
Now that you have a sense of your style and body type, take the time to do some investigating into learning about your style personality. Using key words related to your style (ie: boho, fringe, crochet, floral maxi dress, etc.), look for articles and Pins that you can pin to your Pinterest Style Discovery Board. If you are not sure where to begin, I invite you to take a look at my Personal Style Board on Pinterest, by (PRESSING HERE)
Study your board, look for patterns, reflect.
Step 4: Evaluate and Clean Out Your Closet
- Place anything that reflects your current style personality in one section – these are keepers
- Purge all items that don’t reflect your current style personality
- Evaluate remaining items to either store, repair, sell or donate
- Sentimental items that do not fit a category, but you feel an emotional attachment to – store away safely in a storage container
- If you have the space, consider storing off-season items in a location outside of your everyday closet space
(PRESS HERE ) for THE RSB Start to Finish Guide to Organizing Your Closet, for ideas and tips on organizing your closet.
Step 5: Make a List
- What pieces are needed to complete my wardrobe and allow me to get dressed with ease each day?
- Do I need Pants? Skirts? Tops? Layer pieces? Outerwear? Accessories? Shoes? A beautiful handbag?
- What item(s) would make my wardrobe beautiful and bring me joy each day?
- Be patient with yourself. Create a budget, make a list – and from here, shop with purpose and pleasure.
I hope these tips are helpful in guiding you down a path to taking back your wardrobe. Once you have curated a wardrobe that reflects your style personality, you will be able to enjoy the freedom and pleasure that comes with owning your personal style.
Live more, worry less – who doesn’t want that in life?
Questions or comment? Please drop your thoughts down below, I’d love to hear from you!