Michael Kors said "70 percent of the clothes you own should be meat and potatoes, 30 percent should be icing and fluff - that's color, pattern, shine, accessories. Too many women get the proportions the other way round, then can't figure out why they can't get dressed."
So why not make an effort to change? Enjoy the financial rewards and satisfaction of investing in a more functional wardrobe! Today we're talking "Clothing Personality". Defining yours can be rewarding, however refining it is an art! Having a signature style is easier on the wallet, easier on the soul and seriously easier when getting dressed every day.
The following is a list of questions to ask yourself that may help you define your personal style trademark. The goal is to create a style that is uniquely yours, looks great on you and feels even better! Why should you care? Because millions of women are suffering and they may not realize it. You need to know your fashion-self and help her edit and or build the perfect wardrobe with pieces that are loved and thoroughly enjoyed when you're wearing them! Ultimately this can help eliminate living with a closet packed with clothes that are not quite right for - whatever reason - you know, the things you don't wear or even like all that much. Or worse, never wore them at all? Perhaps you're a victim of the dreaded price-tag-still-attached syndrome? Thus, creating the vicious cycle of making it much harder to part with those boo-boos, because they've become a shrine to how much money you've wasted. The crazy thing is that, even though you may own plenty of clothes, you somehow know deep down that you lack the basic foundation for a simply enjoyable, versatile and ultimately "wearable" wardrobe.
Answer the following questions -on paper ... in pencil.
Do you have a personal style icon? If so, answer the three following questions:
1. What is your favorite thing about the way she looks?
2. Are you being realistic about your body type if you follow her style example?
3. Is your lifestyle compatible with that look?
It's time to update your shoe closet. You're in a shoe store:
1. What matters most? Comfort or style?
2. What type of shoes do you instinctively look for?
You just won a closet makeover from your favorite store, which store would you beeline to? (Your answer here best defines your favorite fashion look ... and don't allow geography stand between you and this answer! Remember, we are seeking your fashion identity here, let's go all out!
1. What look does that particular store uniquely offer?
2. Would that look fit your lifestyle?
What type of accessories dominate your wardrobe?
1. Simple and understated?
2. Bold and blingy?
5. Don't quite know?
If your answers are scattered it could mean you like different styles, but it also can mean that you may be suffering from a clothing multiple personality disorder, a confusion created when you're strongly influenced by others to wear clothes not wholly fitting with your inborn personality. It could be induced by a mother, a husband, a job, a fear...
How you answered these simple questions might help you define your clothing personality, and she might need professional help! It's okay to ask for help, it's not okay to let someone else make the final decision! You must be present and accounted for in the final cut. The only way to know if a style is innately yours is to try it on at your favorite fashion purveyor and see if you're "feeling it." I see a lot of women "team shopping," and asking girlfriends, "Do you think I would wear this?" You shouldn't ask a friend to answer that extremely personal question, you must be true to your own eyes, thoughts and visceral connection to that piece, it's an investment in you.
Do you love it? Does it make you feel good? How else will you wear it? Where will you wear it? If the answers are there for YOU ... buy it, wear it and own it — In every sense of the word!