As someone who loves all things stylish, I enjoy spending a lot of time and money on my wardrobe. There was a time when I believed that the key to awesome personal style was picking up bold, unique pieces. As a result, I amassed a wardrobe filled with beautiful orphans. Yes, each piece was gorgeous in and of itself…but I was often stumped on how to wear it.
The older I get, the simpler and more refined I try to make my personal style. As a result, I’ve started to view my wardrobe as a collection to be curated instead of a just a closet to be stuffed. I’ve slowly begun to weed out clothes that don’t work, finally give up on looks that just don’t suit me, and gravitate toward timeless pieces and true classics.
Finding and refining your personal style can be a struggle. We’ve all been there at least once, if not multiple times, as we gaze into our closet full of clothes, trying to something that is impressive, stylish but still screams ‘YOU’.
So, how can you build the perfect wardrobe for YOU? One that ensures good first impression and also lets you welcome each day with confidence, and the ability to feel legitimately beautiful in what you’re wearing? Believe it or not, the right wardrobe can make a huge difference, and here are my tips on how to start building the perfect wardrobe, no matter what your personal style may be.
The number one thing you can do to improve your sense of style and train your eye is this: look at how other people are doing it! Jot down the names of your favorite style icons and do a bit of research via Pinterest, Google, or Instagram to gather inspiration from their looks. Maybe you gravitate towards Jennifer Aniston’s minimal/clean look, but with a dose of Lauren Conrad’s femininity. Start by figuring out exactly what you like and dislike.
Fake It Till You Make It
For a complete beginner, imitating others can be a super helpful creative technique, because it gives you a concrete blueprint that you can use as a starting point. Find an outfit on Pinterest or on a fashion blog that you could imagine wearing for one of your regular day-to-day activities. Then, use your own clothes to replicate that outfit as closely as possible, or go into a store and try stuff on. By trying to copy an outfit as perfectly as possible, you are forced to really pay attention to details, like the fit of the pieces and how they work together to create the overall silhouette of the outfit. When it comes to fashion, details like that matter.
Shop With Purpose
By now, you would have a vague idea of what your wardrobe holes really are. What do you keep reaching for to complete an inspiration outfit, only to realize that you don’t yet own it? Is it a black drapey tee? A well fitting pair of boyfriend jeans? Or perhaps a pair of leopard print heels? Next time you go shopping, revisit your Pinterest inspiration board first. Likely there are certain items themes, and specific items you’ll need to re-create the looks you admire. Make a list of the items you don’t already have, and take it with you (or just keep it next to your computer while shopping online). Stick to your list so you won’t be tempted to stray and pick up another impulse buy. If you only purchase to fill the holes in your wardrobe, you’ll build a great selection of clothes much faster.
Take Your Lifestyle Into Consideration
The perfect wardrobe should not only represent your vision and creativity, but also be tailored to your lifestyle. Consider the persona you want to present to the world. You want your style to reflect your personality, but it also has to make sense in your field of work, your overall lifestyle, the city you live in and your climate. Don’t buy silk shirts if you don’t have the budget for dry-clean only clothes. Don’t buy woven, structured pencil dresses when you work from home and need to be comfortable in clothes that don’t feel restrictive. Don’t invest in business suits if your workplace has a ‘casual’ dress code. You get the idea…right?
Be true to yourself. Don’t focus on the size or the designer label. Continue to experiment with different patterns, textures, accessories, and shoes. It all boils down to feeling good in your own skin—your style should reflect and celebrate your life, your individuality, and personality.