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.
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.
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?
* * * * *
Dyson Hot + Cool™ fan heaters use Air Multiplier™ technology to provide the fastest even room heating in winter and smooth cool air in summer for year-round use. There are no fast-spinning blades or visible heating elements, so it’s safe and easy to clean. Learn more at www.dyson.com/hot+cool.
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Dyson via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Dyson.