Let me tell you a little bit about my personal style. It’s very feminine, chic, and a little flirty at times. If you were to ask anybody else about my style, they would say the same. When it came to defining my style and what I like, it really helped transform my wardrobe. I’ve noticed that I can go back to pieces in my closet time after time. They are pieces I love, and that I know work well with my personal style and lifestyle. Prior to defining my personal style I found that I could go into my closet and feel like I had nothing to wear. We’ve all been there right? However, now I can basically shop my own closet over and over again. Here are some questions to ask yourself when it comes to defining your own personal style.
–What does my overall lifestyle look like? Your overall lifestyle can really help determine what the majority of your wardrobe should look like. If you are one to attend a lot of events, you’ll want to concentrate on having clothing that are event ready. If you have a job that requires a certain uniform, then you’ll want to concentrate on having a wardrobe that has pieces you know you can wear during your business hours. If you have a super casual lifestyle, and most of the time you find yourself just lounging, hanging out, and chillaxin, then you’ll want to concentrate on having a lot of casual outfits.
–During your free time (when you aren’t working), what are you most likely doing? What you do in your free time can help determine what a good portion of your wardrobe should look like, or a least items you’ll need to have in order to not feel like you don’t have anything to wear. Most of the time, you’ll want these pieces to be staple items. Jeans, shorts, and tees are always good start when it comes to having items to wear in your free time. But overall, ask yourself, what do you typically do in your free time? That will help you decide whether it will be more casual, trendy, feminine, or even boho!
–Where do you live? Your zip code can help determine you personal style as well. Is it cold more than not where you live? Or, are you like me and sweat most the time. I know I need to have outfits to beat this Florida heat more than I need clothes to stay warm (because winter is only a couple weeks out of the year). So, I concentrate more on warmer weather clothing than I do on winter clothing. My clothes for the cooler months are typically neutral and items I know I’ll just keep re-wearing. Do you live in the city? Off the coast? Or out in the country? Where you live can really determine the style of clothing you’ll want to dedicate your wardrobe to!
–What are things you love? Think about things that you absolutely love. Is it gardening/flowers? The beach? Hiking? Cooking? Let those things radiate throughout your wardrobe! Get to know yourself and the things you love.
Once you come to grips and understand who you and and what you like to do. It’s time to understand the variety of styles that there are. Which on do you relate to?
–Classic– The classic style is all about simplicity. Having neutral pieces like black, grey, and beige. You could also call the classic style “safe”. Classic pieces can stick with you through any season. Think along the lines of blazers, button down tops, and dresses of a nuetral color.
–Boho-I like to think of boho as a “lived in” look, or “I just woke up like this” but I still look put together. Think earth tones, flowy silhouettes, and fringe!
–Feminine/Whimsical– All things girlie is this category of style. It’s very playful-fun patterns and colors. Thinks ruffles, lace, floral patterns, pastels, and delicate fabrics.
–Casual– A casual style is all about comfort! Its’ typically very effortless and simple. Think tees, denim, shorts, linen pieces, cotton fabrics, and sneakers!
There will always be additional reasons why you need new clothes like going on a trip, or doing something for the first time. But overall, you’ll want your wardrobe to mesh with your life and the things you do on a normal basis. Get items you know you would wear more that once, and concentrate on having versatile pieces. Then let those pieces speak for who you are, and what you like to do!
A big thank you to Lia Selfridge for the photography