This post is part of the series wardrobe rehab
Other posts in this series:
- wardrobe rehab · part one | downsizing
- wardrobe rehab · part two | defining your style6 min read (Current)
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So, as promised, here is part two of Sincerely Shirley’s wardrobe rehab series! If you have not yet read part one, I suggest clicking here to go read it real quick! And yes, you can read it quickly, because it is not a very long post. Part Two is going to be jam-packed with information (and maybe an amazing freebie 😉), so be sure to read this post over and over, so that you obtain all of the information and receive your gift!
In Part Two, we will be doing a self-analysis to find things out about ourselves, our lifestyles, and our bodies to help find out what it is we like to wear and feel comfortable wearing!
So, without further ado…
research and gather inspiration!
Yes, research. Look up trends, research styles, and observe the fashion-wearing around you! Because there’s no better way to see what you do and do not like, than to see it firsthand. That said, you can even go to a mall or a common hangout place and take a mental note of the outfits you see, as well as the trends you see, too. Here in St. Louis, I frequent the Frontenac Mall and the West County Mall for shopping, but have oftentimes gone to the Delmar Loop if I want to trend-watch and be around a more urban and street style vibe. However, the websites below are great resources to help you get a better idea of what you like, so be sure to check them out —
- pinterest | website · my account
- we.heart.it | website · my account
- shopstyle | website · app · my account/page
- vogue’s fashion trends | here
- harper’s bazaar 2019 spring + summer fashion trends | here
- wwd’s fashion trends | here
- who what wear’s latest fashion trends | here
- cosmopolitan’s spring + summer 2019 trends | here
find out your body type
Step two is oftentimes overlooked, but until this year when I finally went through my closet and went step-by-step in restocking my closet with the clothes that matched my style, I was wearing things that were sometimes unflattering to my body shape. I am, without a doubt, an hourglass shape! Meaning, I have curves for days! That said, I tend to wear clothes that compliment my curves, rather than hide them. This journey isn’t just for you to find your style, but it is also to help build your confidence when it comes to clothes and to be happy wearing what you choose to wear!
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look at what you already own
In step one, we took out every piece of clothing we owned and decided whether or not we wanted it. If we no longer wanted an item, we either gave it away or donated it. So, now what we are going to do is go back to our closet and look at all of what we did decide to keep. What do you notice about the items you have left? Take note of any and all observations. Need a place to keep track of all of this stuff so far? I am here to help! Click here.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- any repeat colors?
- any repeat prints or patterns?
- anything you don’t see, because you simply don’t like the look?
- anything you know you want to have?
- anything you want more of?
- anything you want to get rid of that you didn’t get rid of the first time around?
- what kind of look do the clothes that you already have, have?
- what words describe your current closet?
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analyze your current lifestyle
This step is super important and probably really overlooked, because we normally just throw on clothes and call it a day. That said, it’s important to take a step back and analyze your lifestyle and what you do on a daily basis. Doing this will allow you to pick and choose outfits that cater to your life and what you do, rather than prevent you from looking and feeling your best on a day-to-day basis.
For example, if you’re a businesswoman, then your closet should contain a good amount of business clothes, so that you have options. Not only that, you want to dress for your profession, so having professional clothing in a professional setting is important. If you are a stay-at-home mom, then dressing professionally is not a requirement, unless you have your own personal standards as to how you want to look around your house! Make sense? I hope so 😊
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Perhaps you want to ask yourself the following questions?
- what is my profession?
- what do I do a lot of on a daily basis?
- when I’m not working, what am I doing?
- do I like to “dress the way I want to be addressed” or do I not care how I look?
- how active am I on a regular basis?
- do I go out a lot?
- what do my weekends look like?
play dress-up and experiemnt with your current wardrobe
Let’s be honest, most of us loved playing dress-up when we were younger, right? At least I did and I loved every second of every minute of it. I would quite literally take all of my clothes out and spend hours mixing and matching everything I had to wear (which was (and is) always a lot)! So, now is the time that you get to play dress-up again. Go back to your closet and take out the pieces you absolutely love and try them on with various tops, bottoms, and outerwear.
Make up some outfits and jot them down here. Doing this will not only allow yourself to see what it is that you like and how you like to look, but it will also challenge you to mix it up and step out of your comfort zone a bit and try combining pieces you never thought you’d wear together, to see if it actually looks good! Also, make sure you do this step in front of either an over-the-door mirror or a floor length mirror, so that you can see everything, from top to bottom.
Have any observations? Make sure to take note of them, because this will help you for when you are finally at the stage of being ready t0 go and shop for clothes that are actually your style!
set boundaries for your style
Yep. This step needs to be done in the workbook, as creating a vision board is part of setting boundaries and guidelines for tour personal style. Another part of this step requires you to define your style via words/adjectives, and there is a whole entire section in the workbook for doing that, as well! So, with that being said —
Ladies, I hope this post was helpful and I can’t wait to bring you part three next week! I apologize for this being a little bit late, but I had gone to Springfield, MO to visit friends and didn’t want to be on my laptop the whole entire time editing posts and whatnot. But, it’s here and that’s all that matters, right? Right! Thanks again for your love and support and, as always, love to you all!