10.01.2012

{on finding my style}

Something I'm really proud of these days is my personal style, something that I've only recently developed. Growing up, I didn't have much of an opportunity to figure it out, but in the past few months I've made a real effort to fill my closet with things that I love. Since I got rid of 80% of my clothes at the beginning of the summer, I've really rebuilt my wardrobe around my personality and taste.

I'm really noticing how my environment influences my style, and I'm constantly pulling from areas other than fashion to define what my personal style is. For example, for the first time, the design of my home is really consistent with other areas of my life. A lot of prints and designs that I'm seeing in graphic design elements are being incorporated into my wardrobe and home as well, which isn't something I've really noticed before. And, of course, I'm drawn to stores that really epitomize my design preferences and aesthetic, which probably explains why I'm in Anthropologie every day.  

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Photo by Alyssa Armstrong Photography

At the end of the summer, my husband and I decided to start redoing our home a little, and that's been an exercise in defining my style as well. Before, we were really constrained to things we could find on Craigslist, but we decided to invest actual money in creating a home that we love. 

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What have I learned from all of this?

  • I love navy, pink, and neutrals (no surprise there…). I’m also a big fan of mustard these days, as indicated by the sweaters above. That last picture is from a recent trip to Anthropologie. If only I had an extra $100 to spend on a sweater…
  • I also love classic prints, such as polka dots and stripes. I own quite a few clothes that are navy stripes or polka dots, which is pretty funny to me. I have to make a conscious effort not to buy anything with navy stripes right now.
  • I tend to choose classic pieces over trendy pieces, though a lot of these are trendy right now. I’m sure I’ll continue to wear peach polka dots and hair bows long after they go out of style though.

I really developed my style by only buying things that I absolutely loved. Eventually I saw a pattern, and it’s much easier to define what my style is. Oh, and I showed a picture of my new rug and coffee table because it’s pretty much exactly my style, but there will be a full home reno post soon, so keep an eye out for it!

How do you define your personal style?

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10 comments:

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Glad you are taking the time to find your own personal style :) I'm also trying to put more effort into what I wear these days, and find that classic, neutral, and slightly nerdy apparel appeals most to me :)


xxx
Jenna

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Love the rug! And that pink lace skirt! I've also recently come into discovering my style - it's difficult, and it's changed a lot within the last several years but I'm coming to realize and find it now - and it's enjoyable! Granted I have a loooong way to go. But still. Baby steps, right?! ;)

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Stripes, polka dots, cardigans, lace and cute flats! Can we share a wardrobe? I think style is something that evolves as we mature and begin to understand what suits our personality and body. I have become much more selective with what I buy. Gone are the days of buying clothes that I was just so-so about simply because they were on the clearance rack at Target. Besides, five of those clearance duds could buy me a great cardigan I will own and wear for years. Sometimes starting over (in many areas of life-not just our wardrobe) is the best way to go. I just discovered your blog and look forward to reading more!

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

This is exactly it! I used to buy a lot of clothes impulsively just because they were on clearance and not because I actually liked them. Being willing to spend a little more on clothes than I honestly love has really made the biggest difference!


And thanks so much for stopping by Sarah! Hope you have a great week!


xoxo,
Joelle

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Definitely, you have to take baby steps! And it's all about trial and error, but eventually you'll figure it out ;)


xoxo,
Joelle

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Haha I love the nerdy apparel :) I've tried it, but I just don't think it works on me, though I do have some pretty nerdtastic glasses that I love!


xoxo,
Joelle

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

What a great post! I love your style, you have great taste. :)
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Joelle :: Something Charming said...

I think we have very similar styles! I have been trying to develop my personal style as well and I definitely think that I have a classic taste. Stripes are my love and I could wear them almost every day. I need someone to choose what's best for my body type though!

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Thanks so much Shannon! xoxo

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

You really can't go wrong with classic pieces, in my opinion. But you're right: it's all about dressing in things that are flattering on you, and that you love! xoxo