Wardrobe and style goals are always on my mind. If I could choose only 3 words to convey my idea of the perfect wardrobe… SIMPLE, STREAMLINED & EFFORTLESS are the first ones that come to mind. Yes, these descriptors are subject to interpretation but I think, when it comes to style, most of us can agree that simple doesn’t mean boring and effortless does not mean frumpy. Quite the contrary! In fact, most of the world’s most notable fashion muses have a very simple & effortless vibe going on that is not only captivating but also the envy of style minded women across the globe! Think Jeanne Damas, Sarah Harris, Jill Lansky
Today, I want to share a few tips that I feel are essential to creating the perfect for you wardrobe as well as a few tell tale signs that you are closing in on achieving this goal. When getting dressed is easy for you most of the time, you are making some serious progress.
5 TIPS FOR CREATING “THE PERFECT FOR YOU” WARDROBE
Do your research. Compile a visual diary of your favorite looks and the aesthetics you are most drawn to. Once you identify the common themes, look for credible sources that break down the details for you. For example, make up and skin care play a huge role so look for tutorials and product links. Also, pay attention to fabric compositions and brands that are known for the looks you love.
Consider your current lifestyle & practical needs. I know…practical smactical, right?? It’s true though. The majority of your wardrobe should be composed of pieces you can easily wear for the situations and activities you participate in regularly. Of course it is ok to buy a dress you love even if you don’t have a specific occasion in mind. One will come up in the future and you will have a genuinely adored piece ready and waiting. The problem comes in when we keep buying pieces that we can not possibly use in our day to day without feeling silly. I’ve learned that this is a poor allocation of resources that creates significant wardrobe gaps. There is a great deal of psychology in style…so think it through and make sure you are make a mindful choice.
Be completely honest with yourself. When you try something on, be ruthless. If there is even a shred of doubt or discontent, you must leave it behind and continue searching for exactly what you envision. I know the realization that something we love on another just doesn’t look good on us can drive even the most health conscious among us straight through a pint of Ben & Jerry’s! The fact is, however, part of creating the perfect for you wardrobe is identifying the silhouettes, fabrics, colors, and styles that help us to look and feel our absolute best!
Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is the perfect for you wardrobe. Take your time. Hunt for each piece and choose carefully. Even if it is something as simple as a white t shirt, choose meticulously. There will be time between each successful acquisition so use it to budget and to continue your research. View this as an epic project that requires patience, and carefully honed instinct.
Do not fear repetition. There is no shame in repeating and remixing. In fact, in my opinion this is an indication of true style. If we are looking for the items and ensembles that help us look and feel our best, it stands to reason there will be a great deal of similarities in the pieces we choose. We will have uniforms and signatures and we will rock them with a confidence and peace that shines through. This goes for both casual and more fancy looks, make up looks, hair styles, etc. It is our personal style. It is the very essence of the infamous ‘Je ne sais quoi’.
A FEW THINGS I’VE NOTICED AS MY WARDROBE JOURNEY EVOLVED
Less truly is more. When I began to concentrate on embracing the idea of fewer high quality pieces, I noticed a couple of positive changes. First, I’ve made far fewer purchasing mistakes! Second, I’ve been actually wearing everything I own. I no longer have pieces hanging in my closet making me feel guilty.
I’ve become more focused on make-up looks and how to achieve my personal favorites. This has improved my overall satisfaction with my appearance.
Finally, I’ve noticed that getting dressed is no longer stressful. I’m able to style looks I love fairly quickly, and execute the vibe I envisioned with far less style mistakes. Getting dressed is easy and pretty quick now that I’m not feeling exasperated and uncertain about the end result.
I hope this was helpful! Please leave any questions or comments in the comment section below. I love hearing from you and I will be sure to reply to all comments.