It’s a simple 4-step process:
We all have those days when you have “nothing to wear” in a wardrobe full of clothes. Then there are the days when you simply slip on a plain white tee, boyfriend jeans and canvas shoes and feel like a million bucks. Those are the looks that should be potential contenders for your personal style uniform. Next time you are dressing up, pay attention to what you are naturally drifting towards: blacks, blazers or high heels. You can also create an inspiration board and build a huge mood board full of images that inspire you in some way with regards to your style
Next up is to see what you have the most of in your closet. Personally I have a lot of layers: kimonos, wraps, light-weight jackets and tailored crisp blazers. Those items are definitely be part of my signature style. Your cue is if you have too many, you obviously like it enough to keep stocking your closet with them.
Shoes, bags, lipsticks or jewellery. Jenna Lyons from J. Crew makes a suave entry in her thick rimmed glasses and bold red lips. Consider small nuances like these part of your uniform. They are a mix of utility and style and if these pieces make you happy, why not incorporate them into your everyday wardrobe?
The majority of us wear only 20% of our clothes 80% of the time. Having a signature look will help you get that crucial 20%absolutely 100% right. This is the most effective way to a functional wardrobe because once you have found a look that you truly love, you can invest in those focused items and create a versatile mix-and-match system.
Every style icon – from a timeless diva to this moment’s it-girl - has a go-to fashion formula/uniform.
Having a signature style can mean having a predictable look every time. But it’s your style, your formula so you can decide how closely you want to define your signature look. You can be super specific or create your signature look around a specific set of items that you wear a lot with only minor variations. So if you want to include blazers, change it up with a loose jacket or a cape for greater variety! A signature bag can be a classic tote one day and a quirky clutch the next. And nothing changes up a look like shoes – oxfords, wedges, stilettos; leather, satin, lace; straps, embellishments, embroidery – it’s like being a kid in a candy shop!
I'm one of those people who will swap her heels for a pair of flats right before leaving the house. To me comfort is paramount and that to me is a summation of my style. My go-to silhouette has to be pairing loose and loose together. Fashionistas will be weary of this and my mom especially always tells me wear tight pants if you are wearing a loose top and vice versa but this is one fashion rule I certainly don't abide by.
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