Wardrobe Planning–Style

by SaraD on June 17, 2011

stylefileDoes your wardrobe have a particular style? Do you tend toward more classic clothes? Or more casual? Dramatic? Romantic? Maybe it’s a mixture, or something totally unique. How do you figure out what your style is?

Style is more than what is popular in fashion this week. It’s a creative expression of the person inside. And it may change over time. It comes from knowing yourself. Knowing what you like, what looks good on you and which clothes make you feel great.

Know what you like

One way to discover your personal style is to keep a “style file.” Whenever you see an outfit or a look in a magazine or catalog, cut it out and save it. You may want to post them up on a wall so you can see them. As you collect pictures, look for what they have in common. What trends do you see? Maybe it’s bright colors. Or flowing lines. Or dramatic shapes. Or a crisply tailored silhouette. What patterns emerge in these pictures?

When I laid out my style file, I saw casual clothes that were a bit dressy. And classic clothes that were comfortable and relaxed. When I dress up, I still want to be comfortable. And the clothes I wear everyday I want to look nice, yet still be active.

Know what looks good on you

This has a lot to do with body shape, which we’ll explore in another post. But in brief, which clothes are the most flattering on your shape? I am a bit high-waisted, so I look better in tops that come down over my hips rather than tucked in at the waist.

Know how you feel

Do you have a favorite shirt or pair of pants? Or maybe a dress that you just feel great in every time you put it on? Take a look at the garment. What is it about this piece that feels so good? Is it the color? The shape? The fabric? The detailing? How can you bring more of that into your wardrobe?

I have a linen blazer that I just love. Every time I put it on, I feel more confident, more able to deal with the world. And amazingly, the world responds. I get more smiles when I wear that blazer. I get better service. I feel more respected.

People respond to both how we look and how we feel about ourselves. Why not give ourselves a boost and seek out clothes that help us feel great?


Lyn June 18, 2011 at 2:12 pm

SaraD – i can see how this thoughtful process is going to give a lot more mileage out of every garment I add to my wardrobe. Thanks for helping me think more colorfully and long term.

Kayleen July 18, 2011 at 11:21 am

What a joy to find soomene else who thinks this way.

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