Find your signature style. Although I dress confidently, I am a sucker for how-to’s, lists, do-overs, et al. I’ll read any fashion article that starts with “Five Ways To . . .” I swear I found one that was titled “How To Dress More Elegantly” and started with “Buy more elegant clothing”.
This little article from the magazine Real Simple has some gold in it: Define Your Signature Style. It’s real simple (heh), can be applied to any wardrobe, and appeals to my sense of orderliness without being oppressive.
I’m going to apply the guidelines to my own wardrobe, and hope that you’ll play along, if you choose. And share in the comments! From the article, here’s the verbatim text for Step #1:.
Step 1: Identify What’s Working
You probably have a handful of go-to pieces you instinctively reach for when you want to look put-together. Now imagine having a rack full of them. The first step toward achieving that goal is figuring out what makes those favorites so, well, favored, says Amy E. Goodman, the author of Wear This, Toss That. “Pull out the five things you would wear every day if no one was keeping track,” she says. (Emphasis mine). Choose something in each clothing category: tops, pants, dresses, and skirts. Then ask yourself a few questions about each piece:
How would you describe the item? Crisp and tailored? Soft and ruffly?
What image does it project? Smart and professional? Edgy and fashionable?
What color is it? Does the shade brighten your complexion?
What fabric is it made of?
What is the silhouette like? Nipped at the waist? Flowing and hip-grazing?
What parts of your body does it accentuate?
What parts of your body does it de-emphasize? Is it comfortable?
Your answers reveal: your style barometer. “Be careful of buying replicates,” says Goodman. You may learn you prefer darks and flared shapes, but you need only one good pair of black trousers. “Think of it as nailing down a signature look, not getting into a rut,” she says.
OK, here I go. The five pieces I’d wear every day are:
- Dark wash boyfriend cut jeans.
I’m not entirely sure about the image this projects, except it feels like “me”, “she likes black”, “move to NYC”, or “boring!”. Everything is soft, easy to wear, neutral and fairly casual. I like body-skimming clothing that hints at my form. I like a waistline and I emphasize my upper body. I avoid bright colors/prints.
What this question does not take into account is that these pieces are the backdrop for lots of accessories. So one of my signatures is: blank canvas for creativity.
Next installment will be Analyze Your Mistakes!
Over to you: What are your five reach-for pieces? What do they reveal about you? Or do these articles make you numb?? No wrong answers!
Stay fabulous, xo
Wear what you love, always. Here are some goodies to browse: