Wardrobe Architect Week 2: Developing My Personal Style

Thursday, February 6, 2014
Last week I told you about the Wardrobe Architect personal style series on Coletterie. This week the worksheet (available here) was all about uncovering the styles that make you feel like yourself and attaching words to them.

When you are wearing your favorite clothing, how do you feel (e.g. confident, sexy, poised, powerful, etc)?

When I'm wearing my favorite clothing I feel confident and perky like a freshly groomed poodle (that's my own personal analogy). My favorite clothes tend to make me fell polished and tailored and are flattering to my body shape.

When you’re wearing something that is not quite right, how do you feel? What are the feelings you want to avoid about the clothes you wear?

When I'm wearing something that's not quite right I feel: 

self-conscious- I worry that other's will think I'm trying to hard, I'll look out of place, or I'm exposing too much skin.

frumpy-  Nobody likes unflattering clothes.

boring- I worry that my clothes are too generic with no personality and just fade into the background.

Who do you consider to be your style icons? What is it about them that appeals to you?

There isn't one particular celebrity that really embodies my personal style, but there are several that I admire because they seem to have developed their own, marked personal style that works for them.

  • Katherine Hepburn- She wore those classic menswear inspired pants outfits that looked so effortless. I rarely wear dresses and love a good pant and I love menswear fabrics and prints.
  • Alexa Chung- It's not secret that I love Alexa's style (see here and here). I love that she has a hip, young,edgy and easy style with hints of vintage and feminine pieces.
  • Zooey Deschanel- I'm not sure if the feminine look really works for me, but I love that Zooey has a girly and quirky style. Her outfits seem to reflect her personality and they always make me smile.
  • Sofia Coppola- While I don't always love her movies, I do envy her minimal, modern, menswear inspired style. It feels very French.

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What are some words that describe styles that you like in theory, but are not quite you?

Feminine- I'm not all pink and sunshine.
Retro- I like vintage style but I don't want to be a total rockabilly chick. It looks like it'd take too much effort.
Glam- This seems too frivolous and fussy for my lifestyle.

Finally, I had to come up with 15 words that were descriptive of my previous answers and narrow them down to a list of 3-5 words to describe my style. My words are:

 easy. timeless, artistic. modern. quirky.

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