Wardrobe Architect 2: Defining a Core Style Part Two

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When it comes to defining a core style, the first task was to take a look at style icons I might have. This proved to be a bit challenging, but I pulled something together.  This second part of Defining a Core Style is all about actually putting together vision boards for different categories of my wardrobe. This wasn’t quite as hard.  Even though I’m only at the beginning of this whole wardrobe project, I can already tell how it’s making me really process the clothes I have, the clothes I’m drawn to and the ones that I think I want to buy (or the patterns I want to buy).

I have started a board over on Pinterest that has lots of clothing styles, patterns and more that I am drawn to so head on over and check that out for more visuals.

 

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When it comes to pajamas and loungewear I like things loose. But if I’m being completely honest, I have a soon to be teenage boy in the house, so I’ve reached this point where I truly have to be conscious of what I’m wearing to bed. When it comes to pajamas, I’m not really a robe wearer, so I need to have at least some sort of tee that I can wear to cover up any sort of tank or something that I’m wearing to sleep in. I’ve never been a fancy pajama wearing gal, but I do like a nice, soft pair of pjs. No silk or satin for this chick. When it comes to activewear, I’m sort of in transition. If there’s one area of my wardrobe that is seriously in dire straights it’s this part. I recently cleaned out all my old, old tanks I was wearing to exercise in along with some old yoga pants. I don’t really do much more than going for good brisk walks and some yoga at home, so it’s not an area of my closet I need to spend tons of money on (oh…Lululemon I wish I could) so I’m really trying to be intentional about what I’m buying in regards to activewear. I prefer some loose fitting knit shorts, versus tight bike shorts and while I do like my pair of running tights, I wouldn’t say I’m totally comfortable in them.

 

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Next up is casual outfits. I’ve been a work at home mom for a while now and I do think that’s one reason why my wardrobe has suffered so greatly. The need for a great closet just hasn’t been there. But as I begin to realize that I’ve got few things to wear for church on Sundays and the realization that I’ll be doing some more formal teaching next year outside of my house, I need to really start building this area back up again. I love layers and could have a whole closet full of light cardigans. I like a loose flowing top and I’m just now starting to relax with the whole tunics and leggings thing (which means that people will probably stop wearing them). I used to be a big lover of wide leg pants, but I’m not sure if I still am or not. Colorwise, I’m pretty neutral. I’ve got auburn hair which makes creams, browns, blacks etc work best for me. While I like purple, it’s one of those colors I buy and then never wear. Grassy green is probably hands down my favorite.

 

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If I think that my casual closet is lacking, oh man. It’s the dressy closet that is almost nonexistant. It truly is the one area I really need to do the most planning and buying. I love a flowy long skirt, but I also love the 40-50s dresses too. I love the idea of these layered dresses, but honestly I don’t know if I could truly pull it off. Colorwise, I’m still pretty neutral.

 

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When it comes to outerwear, I really don’t wear that much. While I live in the South, the winter here can get chilly but not for months and months at a time. A good cozy coat is good enough. I pretty much live in my puffy vest in the Fall (layers!) and a good raincoat is pretty necessary too. As much as I think I like a good hoodie, that’s just not my gig really. Now, when it comes to color, this is an area I’m not all that neutral. I’ve currently got a bright blue winter coat and a very red raincoat. Not neutral at all.

 

So there it is. My core style. Next up I will be working through Exploring Shapes.

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Wardrobe Architect 1: All About Style

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I have a brother that is nearly 8 years older than me and he was really the first person who introduced me to the idea of personal style. He was the person who introduced me to the idea of “pegging my jeans” and all sorts of other crazy 80’s fashions. If there was anything I would say about him though, it’s that he’s always been confident in his style and who he is with it. But me, no way. I know what I’m comfortable in but I’m still playing around with what my style is. That’s why I love and hate this wardrobe series. It’s asking questions I’ve never really considered.

The focus for this first section is all about your personal style. You can find the style worksheet here. The worksheet is broken down into different sections that should help me figure out how I dress and what I like. Here’s how my answers shook out.


History

How has your personal history informed the way you dress?
I think I started out being a little different (thanks to an stylish older brother), but over time I got nervous and I’ve gone very plain and traditional. It’s only been in the last few years that I’ve really realized what I like, what I feel good in and what fits my body well.

Philosophy

How does your philosophy, spirituality or religion affect your aesthetics and buying habits?
I’m not super fond of short skirts or showing off my back. I don’t mind a good tank top, but overall I’m pretty modest. I’m not sure if that is as much a reflection of just who I am deep down or my religion.

Culture

How did the aesthetics and values you grew up with affect your tastes as you got older?
When I was young, I wanted to dress cool to impress my older brother. But as I’ve grown up, I’ve started to slowly let go of the desire to dress to impress others and focus more on what I like.

Community

How are you influenced by the people around you?
Their encouragement definitely plays a role in what I wear and sew. I do dress for the different communities that I’m in. If I go out, take my daughter to her homeschool cooperative group, hanging out with friends or traveling to a bigger city. Each of those places plays a big role in what I’m going to wear. If I sew something and get compliments on it, I definitely get a boost in my confidence – not only in my sewing ability but also in my sense of style.

Activities

How do you day to day activities influence your choices?
I tend to be at home a lot so there are many days that I honestly just throw on something super comfortable and throw out the idea of any sense of style. When I do go out for different activities, I do try to be more intentional about what I’m putting on. But honestly, most of the time I’ve got on stretchy shorts and an old t-shirt 🙂

Location

How does climate factor in?
I live in the Southeastern US and the climate changes for sure around here. Layers are key in the spring and fall. Winter can be fairly cold and summer can be miserable humid and hot.

Body

In what ways does body image affect your choices in clothing? What clothes make you feel good about the body you live in? What clothes make you feel uncomfortable or alienated from your body?
I like fairly loose fitting tops, but yet tailored. I like skirts a lot, especially long flowy ones and can live in a soft, knit tee for days. I love cardigans.
I’m not a fan of tight tees or shirts with collars. I have almost completely lost my love of capri pants, although I do like to roll up my jeans just a little bit above my ankles. I don’t like cropped shirts and want my shirts below my hips most of the time. I’m also not a big fan of hoodies.

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Wardrobe Architect: Introduction

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The Colette blog has been running a series for the past few years called Wardrobe Architect. I’ve followed it on and off, but never put forth the effort to actually do it. This year, Christine Haynes has started her own Wardrobe Architect series following the Colette worksheets etc and I’m not sure if it’s the way she’s approached it or if it is was just the motivation I need to bring some organization to my closet, but I’m on it.

While I would love to say I’m going to have the same level of organization and planning with posts as these two, I’m know I won’t. I’ve got great intentions to post about it at least twice a a month so I’m crossing my fingers.

Here’s a general overview of my plan:
Post 1: Introduction of the project
Post 2: Making Style More Personal
Post 3: Defining a Core Style
Post 4: Exploring Shapes
Post 5: Proportions & Silhouette
Post 6: My Color Story
Post 7: Organizing My Color Palette
Post 8: Exploring Solids versus Prints
Post 9: Hair, Makeup & Beauty
Post 10: Planning My Pieces to Buy
Post 11: Planning My Pieces to Sew
Post 12: Adding Accessories

There is so much out there on the web these days about a Capsule Wardrobe and I’m not really planning to whittle my closet down to a certain number of items. I really just want a closet full of clothes that fit me well, that are well made, that aren’t 10+ years old and totally faded out and actually go together. I’m so tired of looking at my closet and just being frustrated because nothing coordinates well.

I want to be able to make better choices when I do go shopping, not just based on some random shirt that I love, but purchasing something because I know it will compliment the items I already have. This also goes along with buying fabric and patterns. I tend to buy a pattern without really thinking about it and then it sits unused for ages. Or I buy some fabric and never really use it. I want to be more intentional about my sewing and my purchasing.

You can find the original series through the link above, I will also link to available worksheets that Colette has provided for certain stages as I post. I’ve also started a Pinterest board just for this project too if you want to follow along over there.

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