So, I'm getting back on track with my style makeover. Between my trip to L.A. and wrapping up this quarter's school work I got a bit sidetracked!
Creating a Uniform:
Step 1: Finding the Common Denominator (yes, that’s right I used a math word...that’s the last you’ll see of that for years to come!)
I spent some time looking over my style goal images from Phase 2... http://acollectionofpassions.blogspot.com/2010/03/phase-2-style-analysis.html
...my own images from my virtual closet...
...and my images from the times I felt the most stylish... http://acollectionofpassions.blogspot.com/2010/04/trip-down-memory-lane.html
What I found was that the things I was drawn to were repeated over and over again in some variation of:
-tanks, t-shirts, tunics or dresses
-jeans, tights or leggings
-boots, sandals or ballet flats, cute heels
I am occasionally drawn to crazy things like:
But, since I’m slowly nearing thirty and don’t have loads of money to spend on ridiculous shoes, I think it wise to focus on a basic wardrobe that I will be able to utilize for the next decade not just the next season! ;-)
By sticking with simple and mix/matchable tops and bottoms I will be able to slowly build a "uniform" of comfortable and cute clothes that can be worn in any combination. As I solidify my “uniform” and add pieces to it, I’ll be able to build a closet full of clothes that are easy to style, wear and make me feel good. Isn’t that the point of fashion after-all? It’s kind of like that children’s puzzle with the bear cut into three pieces...
... and you can swap out the tops and bottoms to create a seemingly endless number of clothing choices. Narrowing down my style into this simple “uniform” will help me to figure out what’s missing from my wardrobe. Which, in turn, will allow me to shop smartly (clearly I don’t need any v-neck long-sleeve t-shirts from The Gap) and to wear more things in my closet. I will be able to use Closet Couture (which has turned out to be a great investment of three hours) to create my outfits ahead of time and pull them out the night before, thus creating an enjoyable system for simple dressing!
Next Week: Phase 7: My Wish List (and the final Phase of this project...for now)!