If you missed my introductory post on the 3 fundamentals of a perfect wardrobe, please check that out before you get started!
Personal Style, Simplified
All caught up? Awesome, let’s dive in! This is step 1 in a 6 part process designed to guide you toward your dream closet. I’ll be spacing each post out by a few days to give you time to complete your homework (yeah adult homework, it’s a thing!).
The first step of creating your dream wardrobe starts with a bit of self reflection. Basically your homework today is to distill your personal style into some key words. This might sound overly simple but I’ve always found that consciously thinking through something (and writing it down) can be really insightful… so don’t skip it!
Throughout this post (and the entire lean closet series) I’m going to use my own answers as an example to help illustrate the exercises.
Thinking in abstract terms… I want you to choose 3 to 5 descriptive mood words that represent your personality. I provided some examples in the worksheet, but dig deep for something unique to you! These mood words are major clues into the core essence of your personal style and we’ll refer to them later on.
For my moods I wrote: dark romance, relaxed, warm, playful.
Now thinking specifically about fashion and design, write down what you like. What items or design details consistently draw you in? Is there a certain era in time do you identify with? Your favorite color?
For my likes I wrote: menswear inspired, architectural details, tailored, clean lines, softness, cashmere, texture, quirky classics, animal faces.
Now what do you dislike? Think of what colors & details in your current wardrobe never look right on you (even if you like the way they look on others).
For my dislikes I wrote: ruffles, boxy oversized fit, synthetic fabrics, knits that show lumps & bumps, empire waist.
Once you fill out your worksheet you should have a pretty good idea of the essence of your personal style. Big progress for a simple exercise right? Save it because we’ll be referring back to your answers a little later!
Leave me a comment with your questions or just to let me know what you came up with! Did you learn something new about your personal style?
Next In The Lean Closet Series:
3 Fundamentals Of A Perfect Wardrobe
Part 2: Determine Your Lifestyle Essentials
Part 3: How To Use Pinterest To Plan Your Wardrobe
part 4: How To Clean Out Your Closet The Easy Way
part 5: The Art Of Shopping With Intent