To figure out what your wardrobe essentials your closet is lacking, you will need to start with a personal style assessment. This will help you figure out the colors, cuts, designers, fabircs and staples you need in your closet. Once you have a personal style defined, shopping for new clothing accessories will become a lot easier.
Here’s how to get started.
How to find your wardrobe essentials with a style assessment
So we have identified a few reasons why you might want to reexamine your clothing choices and plugin the missing pieces to your wardrobe as you develop your style.
Now is a good time to start with a new assignment, a personal style review.
Doing a review is hard because you need to go through and look at all the pieces you currently have in your closet and then figure out where the missing holes are. So it’s like taking stock of your personal style journey and learning what you need to complete your look and how you can manage it over time.
A personal style assessment is your blank canvas
Say this with me:
“I will not add new pieces to my wardrobe until I complete my personal style assessment.”
This is a great first step in my opinion because not only will you know what pieces you have, you can also quite easily spot the style slump you might have fallen into.
What is a style slump you ask?
For me this is when I really get into a certain trend, and my entire new items end up being reiterations of the same look.
I had a style slump with light tank tops, graphic tees, and most recently it’s been chiffon tops.
What item do you find yourself buying repeatedly in different cuts? Colors? Or looks? If you do not know yet your personal style review will help you pinpoint what pieces you have grown too accustomed to.
A personal style assessment will jumpstart your spring cleaning
When was the last time you wore an outfit you loved? When you reassess your style and find and focus on what makes you feel good, you’ll be wearing outfits you love, everyday. Moreover, getting rid of items that are taking up space in your closet will help you feel a lot lighter. Not only will you have a more realistic look of what you can wear, but it will also give you more room! This is a good thing because it helps you find things easier and makes your wardrobe feel less like a pack of sardines.
Being honest with yourself is important
Building your personal style is all about you and what your needs are, not what trends are popular (or how you really like the dress that you always change out of just before leaving for a night out). Your wardrobe essentials should reflect you and your needs. It’s all about getting outfit staples that make you feel good and confident, and even features in your body you would like to play up more or less.
It’s also about being honest about how many functions you really will attend in that dress? Or if it will ever fit your body the way it should.
Once a great idea…. Now, not so much.
One of the problems I have run into is I forget clothes are about me, not the item, so if you do not feel great and confident in a piece it is much easier to focus on the pieces that work for you versus being a slave to the rules.
I must admit there are pieces that are quirky, that others might probably balk at, but I love them all the same.
In the end the best way to save money on your style is not to penny pinch but to invest in looks that are more you.
As you create your personal style you will be in transition
This is not to say you need to chuck everything out, get a whole new wardrobe to feel great you just have to outline which pieces need to go, which pieces you can hang on to a little longer as you build your closet.
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