Wardrobe perfection. Something I strive for. The idea of always having something to wear. Always liking what’s in your closet and always effortlessly feeling stylish. Even on those mornings where we don’t have the time.
Does wardrobe perfection exist? Is it possible? I think so. How do you get there? Well, I do know the first step is being able to know how to define your personal style. Without this basic foundation, I don’t think there’s a way you can build a wardrobe that is happy and perfect.
Do you know your personal style? I have a pretty solid idea of my own but there are still times where something inspires me that doesn’t meet my personal style and makes me question it a little. Or I make an impulse purchase outside my style and never wear it. But, for the most part, having a pretty good idea of my personal style has helped me build a closet so far where I always have something to wear that makes me feel good.
Defining our personal styles is tough. And it’s not assigning yourself to a strict box of style. It’s knowing what you like, what fits in with your style, and what you’ll actually wear.
So, how do you define it? Today I’m sharing four tips to help you define your personal stle. It takes time. It’s a process. Let’s start!
How to Define Your Personal Style
Get to know your closet
Wear your closet. Wear what you already own. For a month, two, three. Don’t purchase anything in this time. Don’t shop and especially don’t online shop. Look for inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram. Take notes on what you see and what you’re wearing.
As you wear your clothes, make a section of your favorite clothes, what you wear. What are the similarities? Are there clearly colors, patterns, styles you like wearing more than others? At the end of a month you’ll be able to very clearly see what you like and what you don’t.
Make lists and Make a Mood board
Make a list of what would be in your dream closet. If money didn’t matter, you were able to start from scratch, what would you buy? You’ll find even more similarities in colors, styles, hems, items.
For me, it was pastels, whites, simple lines, few patterns, comfort, pants, t-shirts, button ups, some floral, practical shoes.
Now make a mood board for yourself! Go to Pinterest, save images of things that inspire you for the season to a board. You’ll see color patterns and similarities in the images you choose.
Define your style with words
Choose three words that describe your clothes. Here are some to choose from:
Minimal Classic Bohemian Feminine Over the top
Whimsical Casual Colorful Vintage Eclectic Fancy
Mine? Minimal, classic, casual. I say three because more than that might be too wide of a scope. You can have more if that’s the case, but try to narrow it to two or three main ones and then you can have a couplee secondary styles.
Choose a color palette
A color palette helps your closet stay cohesive. By now, you should have a pretty good sense of the colors you like to wear. Going through your closet gave you this sense of what colors you wear. Now choose three main colors, two secondary, and colors you like to wear here and there. I call them extra colors. Mine are:
Main: Blue, White, Black
Secondary: Green, Pink
Extra: Grey, Tan
That sums it up! Four tips I have for those of you looking to better define your personal style and start building a dream wardrobe. One where you always have something to wear and always like what you’re wearing. One that is effortless and chic and exactly what you’ve dreamed of.