“What Not to Wear” just might be one of my favorite shows. I am very disappointed it is no longer on the air. I follow them on Facebook to feel somewhat in the know. They recently posted this article, “10 Ways to develop Your Personal Style”, which I think is worth sharing. (http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/style/10-ways-to-develop-personal-style.htm )
What Not to Wear was always a favorite because they showed women how to be beautiful by dressing for who they are. Yes, there were some rules but they varied by person. They also didn’t want to change the people on the show, just polish them up a bit. The people on the show sometimes didn’t think they could be attractive but with some guidance on what shapes look best on their body, a new haircut and some basic makeup the women could see their potential. The outside looked amazing and they could begin healing the inside. We all deserve to look and feel great. We all deserve to have confidence to be ourselves.
Yes, they are judging you but only because they know how much potential you have.
I always think I need to work on my personal style. I feel I like (and buy) every style imaginable that looks good on me. I would like to bring more focus to my personal style and am going to try use these 10 tips and this blog to try to pare down, focus and restock my personal style.
10. Know Who You Are
I like different clothes for different occasions. For work I try to be more business formal with a little bit of rock and roll at times. For my weekend looks I am definitely more casual comfort. I try to be fashion forward in all aspects.
I think that I definitely dress my age. I am still young but now my limitations in terms of trends.
I have a pretty decent selection of work appropriate basics. I have plenty of dress pants, a few skirts and jackets.
At times, I do feel over dressed for the Phoenix-Metropolitan area but I also feel people get a little too casual here at times. I try to dress for the occasion. I don’t think I stick out but rather look put together.
9. Look for Inspiration
I read all kinds of magazines and am always looking over the ads and features.
I love vintage looking pieces from the ’20s thru the ’40s. I am not a fan of actual vintage/used clothing so I try to look for something the emulates those eras.
I also love punk rock and tend to pick pieces that might have a tad bit of rock n roll feel to them.
I also have found a few bloggers that I really appreciate what they do. It may not be my exact style but I can draw ideas from them.
What I do not do is have someone specific (actress, model etc) whose style I love and look to for inspiration. One of my goals will be to find someone who fits this and really study her style.
8. Know What You Want to Accomplish
Where do I want to be in my life? What are my goals?
These are questions that before I buy anything else for my wardrobe I should look at.
I do want a new job. Should I focus on clothing that will help me win the job I want? I have some nice suits but are they enough? I need some nice blouses. This is a piece I have been meaning to get more of but haven’t found many I like (or like on me).
I have always said, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have”. I should start focusing on this mantra.
I also love sports and need more Cardinals, Diamondback and Coyotes clothes. I need to represent my teams on the weekends!
7. Accentuate Your Assets
This part is easy. I always dress to what my body needs, not necessarily what is “in”.
I love my eyes. That is why I never leave my house without mascara (unless I am running super late but that’s why I keep a tube in my purse). It makes me feel put together even when I might not be.
I also love my ass. It might be a little big but I try to wear skirts and pants that show it off. I don’t always accomplish this, especially right now since I’ve lost some weight and some of my pants are too big.
6. Take a Style Lesson
I think I have this down fairly well. I can usually spot a real vs. fake in most designer purses. I can spot some of my favorite designers without looking at the label.
I know different fabrics and patterns. I read all of the magazines suggested and I do study the ads. I try to look for trends.
5. Assess Your Current Wardrobe
I try to do this at the start of every season but I will admit I have trouble letting go sometime.
For the most part I know what is in my closet and what I like. But this is an area I can always work on. Style is ever evolving and somethings I just need to learn to let go off, no matter how much I love it, if I never wear it.
4. Make a Few Changes
Add pieces to update your look. They say to start small, accessories or shoes. I like this idea. A new necklace/earrings/broach can change the look or feel of an outfit.
I do not have much cash at the moment but plan to ad some new items (shoes and/or purse) when I get my tax return. I need something to brighten up my wardrobe and make it feel fresh and new.
3. Stock Up on Wardrobe Essentials
There are a few must haves that Stacy and Clinton list.
Black pants: I own two pair. A pair of wide leg Express Editors. I love them. I also got a great pair from the Gap that I can tuck boots into. These are also super comfy.
Black tank top: I have two of these. One is a lace cami; the other has a tone on tone stripe.
Black turtleneck: I object to this. I look horrid in turtlenecks and they make me feel trapped. Sorry Stacy and Clinton, this is one style I will never do.
White blouse: I have two white button downs but really do need a white blouse. Add this to my list!
Jeans: I have so many pairs of jeans. I have going out and casual and boot cut and skinny and boyfriend. No more jeans. HAH
Little black dress: This is one item I have never really owned. I have a black dress but its a summer/beach dress. I need one that is more friendly for all occasions.
Pencil skirt: I have two of these. LOVE THEM.
Trench coat:I have a beautiful white one from Banana Republic. Problem is, something got on it while moving (it’s just one spot). I am trying to get it out. If I can’t get it out, I will need a new one.
Cardigan sweater: I have several. I love them. I am like the cardigan queen!
Black high heels: Again, plenty of these too!
2. Stay in Your Comfort Zone
I pretty much do this already. I know what I like and don’t buy things that don’t feel mostly comfortable. You have to suffer a little bit for fashion!
The thing I do badly in this category is rush shopping. I hate shopping. The crowds, the noise, the bad lighting, waiting in lines. I am one of those who just goes in, tries it on quickly and gets out. I will work on taking my time and really thinking about things. No more just ordering off the internet because it’s easy!
1. Trust Your Instincts
I do this pretty much already too. If I try it on and if I love it, I buy it. If I absolutely hate it, I don’t. Sometimes I do waffle but I try to bring along friends that will be honest with me.
I do plan to try to focus more on not buying something if I am not 100% sold on it. I usually get home, wait weeks to wear it and then decide I really don’t like it. If I don’t love it, I won’t buy it.
I will try to keep these tips in mind while shopping and honing my personal style. What do you think about these tips? Do you follow them? Do you think they are good rules to live by? Share your thoughts!