Find your signature style: analyze your mistakes. Picking my favorite “go-to” pieces was fun and easy! I am not so happy-faced about the second step in Real Simple’s series, Define Your Signature Style. As it reads:
Step 2: Analyze Your Mistakes
Like rehashing a bad relationship, this cringe-inducing ( yet cathartic) exercise helps ensure that you don’t go down the same dead ends again. Ready? Take out five things you wish you hadn’t bought and ask yourself the questions in step one, plus the questions below. Then let go of those items, plus anything else that’s not pulling its weight—even if it still has its tags or it will be perfect once you lose 10 pounds or you have friends who throw fancy parties. “Your wardrobe should reflect who you are now,” says Kendall Farr, the author of Style Evolution. “Don’t hang on to images of what worked for you 10 or 20 years ago.”
Do you have anywhere to wear this?
Is it high-maintenance?
Is it poor quality?
Did you buy it for the thrill of the bargain?
Did you buy it only because it was trendy?
Was it a panic purchase for a big event?
Does the color make you look pale? Yellow? Ruddy?
Your answers reveal: Your shopping blind spots. (Write down details about your mistakes so you never waste another cent falling into the same trap.) If your favorite pieces are tailored and crisp, that’s why you’re not reaching for the ruffled chiffon top. You will want to hold firm to your “likes” and “dislikes” lists.
Here I go: I really, truly don’t own five things I wish I hadn’t bought. Oh yes, I have bought them – but they don’t stay in my closet for long. So here are a couple of sad-sack memories, and why they were mistakes:
- Polyester print 60’s mini dress. Too short to feel comfortable, poor quality fabric, made me feel a little “young and silly”, bought for the Thrill of the Bargain on eBay (“it’s vintage!”).
- Ankle length camel corduroy skirt. Made me feel old and frumpy, bought for the Thrill of the Bargain at a thrift store.
- Floral print cotton blazer. Colors washed me out, construction was poor quality, bought for the Thrill of the Bargain at Target on clearance.
I see a trend in my fashion “mistakes”, eh? I have fallen for the Thrill of the Bargain without considering if a piece is truly functional, good quality and a flattering color for me. I’m getting better at resisting The Bargain, and I don’t have a recent purchase to put on this list.
Next installment will be Find The Missing Pieces!
How about you? Care to share any purchasing “mistakes” and what you’ve learned from them? Do you have a shopping blind spot?
Stay fabulous, xo
Wear what you love, always. Here are some goodies to browse: