My personal style journey has been a bit of an evolution. I can look back at certain times in my life, and see how it directly influenced my fashion choices. I went through a LOT of phases. Like my boho phase, to my preppy phase, to my Art Director phase, to my desert wanderer phase…Now, I am in my mommy phase. To be completely honest, it is the phase that I love best, because I feel my happiest.
When I began to investigate where I wanted my personal style to go, I took several steps to help lead me to the next phase in it’s evolution. This time around, it wasn’t going to be just a byproduct of what was occurring around me. It was going to be intentional and forward thinking. My personal style was going to directly affect my home, my work, career, my family, my personal brand! In this post, I want to share with you some things I did to have a clear vision. Maybe, theses steps can help you, if you are looking to push your style forward into its next evolution.
Over the last 18 months, I took the time to really turn inward and reflect on the things that bring me the most joy. From the people who surround me, to my home, career, and most importantly, my priorities and family. Taking a step back to reflect on what it is I truly value most, was so essential to uncovering more of me. You know, those parts of you that kind of get dusted over by life…but just need a little shining? Like those old pair of boots in the dark corners of your closet. Dust them off girl! There’s still a lot of sole left.
I created severals boards on Pinterest, and just started pinning things that I was drawn to. From colors I loved, to interiors, pottery, and fashion. I then started to see a theme flow through all the images. I found that I loved neutral tones, like blushes, creams, whites, beiges, and browns. I discovered I love – clean lines; a less is more approach; and solids over patterns. I found my obsession with all things Australian and Scandinavian design runs deep. I can only hope that in my next life, I’ll be born in one of those countries, just so I can be intrinsically modern and cool.
During my pinteresting, I also discovered there were so many old, conflicting pins. That’s when you press DELETE! Feel free to do that in any area of your life that may need it. (Delete, delete, ESCAPE! Reboot!)
I absolutely LOVE the Marie Kondo method. Her whole entire philosophy is if it doesn’t bring you joy, get rid of it! Ahhhh….I’m already feeling emotionally, so much better. Now, I don’t dump all my clothes on the bed and hug each piece to know whether or not it brings me joy. It’s more about the energy it gives off in my closet. Maybe it’s a color that is screaming at me. Or a pattern that looked like it just threw up on my dress. Or a reminder of a bad memory. Bye Felicia. I have absolutely no qualms getting rid of things. I’ll either Poshmark them, take them to a second hand store, or make a Good Will drop off. Usually the latter.
Another rule I stick to when deciding on what to get rid of is the one year rule. If I haven’t worn it in over a year, I probably won’t wear it this year, so it just begins to take up space. There are few exceptions to this rule, as some pieces I just love, forever and always. Not everything is disposable.
When you get rid of pieces that no longer serve you, you make room for that which will. Then over time, you can intentionally rebuild your wardrobe with pieces you love, based upon the things you value.
When I shop, I only want to buy things that truly make me happy, add value to my wardrobe, and align with my personal style. I like to do most of my shopping online, because it’s more intentional. I can price shop. I can let it marinade in my cart…if I can’t stop thinking about it, I’ll know it’s worth the investment.
I realized however, that when I go shopping and buy something just because – it doesn’t bring me joy. It was a purchase I felt in the moment. My impulse buys become the pieces that sit in my closet and never get worn. And then it winds up just hanging there. Looking all sad and lonely. Just waiting for the next trip to Good Will, to be found by a new home.
At the end of the day, all I can be is me, and all you can be is you! Personal style is just that – personal! Whether you want to be a minimalist, or dress to the nines. Whether you want to rock stilettos or sweatpants, it doesn’t matter! Living YOU authentically, and only giving energy to that which brings you JOY, is the path to happiness and self-fulfillment. And honestly, that’s all that really matters. So get down with yourself and rock what you’ve got as confidently as you can!
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