Wardrobe Architect 2: Defining a Core Style Part One

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DEFINING A CORE STYLE

The next part of the Wardrobe Architect series is Defining your Core Style. I think this one was the hardest one for me to figure out. Even though I do enjoy sewing clothes, I’ve never been one to be enamored with fashion. I mean, I know what styles appeal to me, I’m figuring out what styles I might like but look horrible on me, but overall I’m not one of those girls that loves putting together outfits and accessories.

As I’ve pondered this next phase of this project though and sat with it more and more, I can definitely see where my style has changed as I’ve gotten older and how I’ve really begun to realize what enhances my body type and makes me feel good. I love this quote from Christine Haynes:

If you feel beautiful, you will look beautiful. If you feel confident, you will look confident. If you feel comfortable, you will look comfortable. It’s right there and so obvious, but somehow we often miss this basic lesson.

One of the first tasks with this part was to too think about your style icons. Honestly I had such a blank with this. Just like I’m not a big fashion person, I’m really not a big superstar lurker either. After searching Pinterest for a few days I finally narrowed down a few people that I’m always drawn to. Here’s my short list: Meg Ryan and Lauren Graham. Although it’s hard to figure out if I’m drawn more to their personalities (or rather those they play) or to their actual wardrobes. But ultimately I’ve always been drawn to the somewhat tom-boyish look, comfortable, not necessarily tailored sort of clothes. I love, love a good t-shirt more than anything and will pair it with as much as I can. But when it does come down to it, I do love a good,flowing skirt and a pretty dress.

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The biggest question I’ve started to ask myself when I do see a style or pattern than I’m drawn to is: will I feel comfortable in that? I might be drawn to an actual line of something, but when I really look at the construction of the garment I know that there are certain ones that are super cute, but once I put them on I’ll ultimately feel blech.

Using the worksheet from Colette, here’s My Core Style.

When you are wearing your favorite clothing, how do you feel?
I feel confident, like I don’t even have to think about myself and relaxed and pretty.

When you’re wearing something that is not quite right, how do you feel? What are the feelings you want to avoid about the clothes you wear?
I feel awkward and all I want to do is get home and put something else on – and usually that means pajamas!
I feel generally uncomfortable and it often ruins the focus of what I’m doing because all I can think about is how awkward I feel.

Who do you consider to be your style icons? What is about them that appeals to you?
I love Meg Ryan and Lauren Graham and how simple their style is. It’s not all about crazy prints and patterns, but just simple fabrics and simple lines.
I also love Japanese sewing patterns and the look they create with layers of aprons, tunics and leggings and just everything about it.

What are some words that describe styles that you like in theory, but are not quite you?
As much as I’m drawn to the tom-boyish/boyfriend style, it’s not really who I am anymore. When I was in high school and college that was definitely more my style and what I felt good in. But as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that I’ve really outgrown that. I like to think I’m traditional and preppy, but honestly I can’t stand a tailored skirt or styles like that actually on me.

Look over your answers from the first worksheet and list words that you associate with your answers.
Classy, easy, comfortable, layers, modest, tailored, loose, boyish, copycat, not independent, active, work at home mom, mom.

Are their other words you would like to add to this list?
Individualistic, calm, subdued, natural.

Look over the answers to all the questions above. If you had to narrow your list to only 3-5 words to describe you, which words would you use?
easy, modest, subdued, casual, natural

Next up a visual exercise. I’m working on collecting images that represent these words to me and hope to get that next post up soon.  If you are following along go ahead and create a pinterest board, a folder on your computer, a moodboard, or a collage with styles that speak to you. Be creative and have fun!

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