own-style

Your own style

What is that? Where does it come from? How do you find it, develop it, maintain it?

Whoa, not so fast. It might feel overwhelming, but the answer is, I find, very comforting. You don’t need to be “artistic”. You don’t need to go out and buy a bunch of fashion magazines or scroll yourself silly on Instagram, or pin the heck out of whatever images you find online to a Pinterest board.

Here’s how to get started in three easy steps:

1. Open your closet.

What is that one item or outfit that you love? If there are multiples, pull them all out and spread them out somewhere with good lighting (preferably daylight).

2. Get analytical.

What is it about each item that you love? Here’s a cheat sheet to help you think of different elements:

  • Fit

  • Fabric

  • Color

  • Print

  • Versatility

  • Sentimental value

  • How I feel when I put it on (describe)

  • Compliments I get when I wear it (describe)

  • Something else (describe)

3. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

It’s time to go back into your closet and and see if those qualities you identified in Step 2 can be found in other items you already own. If so, pull them out and look at all the items as a whole. Create new outfits out of the items. Snap photos of yourself wearing them, and stop to observe how you actually feel when you have them on.

Extra Credit

If this exercise inspired you to clean out your closet (and discover gems hidden in the back corners), here’s how. Or call me and we’ll do it together (live or online) 🙂 Did you find hairy sweaters and scuffed up shoes inside? Here are some tricks to care for your sweaters and get your shoes in shape. No time for that? No problem — share these links with the person who cares for your clothes.

Extra Guidance

If you’d like to explore a full style and beauty transformation, click here to find out more about Create Your Signature Look, a 12-week online program that Natalie Setareh and I offer twice a year. It is 100% personalized and includes eight hours of live lessons with Natalie and me, no matter where you’re located.