I’ve been thinking more about my style formulas, as I work my way through The Curated Closet, by Anuschka Rees. Personal style formulas are clothing combinations we often reach for. It’s not the same as a “uniform,” e.g. the well-known head-to-toe black worn by NYC fashion editors, or a Wall Street uniform of sharply tailored suits and white shirts. Formulas are guidelines, ones that we have become comfortable and confident with. And they simplify that morning ritual of what-to-wear.
One familiar formula for many of us might be: slim jeans + striped knit top + loafers or sneakers. We don’t wear the same pieces every day, but follow this flexible formula. Another example, and one I used in my work years would be: dressy knit top + full skirt + low heels/flats. I have a friend who wears skinny jeans + printed flowing top + loafers most days but I never think, “Oh, that again.” In fact, I only thought of it as a “formula” as I sat down to write this post. It actually guides me to find tops at the Thrift that I think she will like.
One of my formulas for many years has been: button down shirt + slim knee-length skirt + belt + booties or boots. It’s a no-fail for me, as long as the pieces skim, and not grab my shape.
And here are some (old!) examples of the knit top + full skirt formula:
These repeaters are the elements that make up our personal style, and make shopping/getting dressed much easier. We can change them up any time, because we wear what we love and we don’t need rules. What are some of your favorite combinations?
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