In one of my fashion/style books I found this advice for determining one’s personal style: Find five outfits you’d wear just as displayed, and think about why.
I don’t know if I’ve ever bought an outfit exactly as shown in a catalog or on a mannequin. I pick and choose pieces, like most women. But I’ve certainly admired whole looks and thought, I could wear it just like that, and still make it my own.
I remember a business trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico in the 1980’s. I stopped into a boutique to pass a half hour between appointments. I was wearing average business-wear, a floral skirt and plain blouse, I think. I let the owner take me into a private room and re-dress me in a fabulous colorful split skirt, white gauzy blouse, and contrasting belt. I bought the whole outfit and wore it out that night, feeling very beautiful.
I rarely allow myself the luxury of buying the “whole look” (read about issues of “deserving” nice clothes here.) I could, though, go all the way when I get truly inspired. I am trying to use those inspirations to refine my personal style.
Here are a few looks I would wear just as I saw them, and still make them my own:
|Full pleated skirt, graphic tee, flatform sandals. Source
|Subtle print pencil skirt, basic tee, tough jacket and girly accessories. Love. Source
|Print dress, tights and booties. Yes, please. Source. Permission to lengthen the skirt three inches!
|Feminine skirt, fitted blazer, edgy boots and trending purse. Source
Looking at these outfits helps me crystallize my style: a strong feminine vibe with some edgy or masculine pieces added in; fitted pieces on either the top or bottom, not both; shoes with personality; small/subdued prints; and a reliance on neutrals.
Do you go all the way when you see an outfit you like, or mix and match?
Have a splendid Thursday and stay fabulous,