Acronym City - Thoughts, Ideas, ACTION
This is a plan to get yourself feeling more confident about yourself and establishing your own style.
Steps to your New Personal Style - Step 1 First Purchase
Acronyms can be fun, but also useful. All girls can remember the 4 important C's when choosing a diamond, C for Carat, Color, Clarity and Cut but when it comes to a wardrobe we are Cautious. Where do we start? "C" equals CHANGE.
The "C" process. When designing a Capsule wardrobe (as Gok would say), I like to Consider, Compose, Create, Collect and Coordinate.
Take some personal time out to think about what you need or desire. Do you need a new outfit for a special event? Do you need to revamp your wardrobe? Update? or completely start again?
Go window shopping, look through magazines or online at some of the top magazine and shopping sites. Vogue, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, InStyle, Saks
Neiman Marcus, Harrods, David Jones.
Put together your ideas of what you like and what you could add to later. Colour and Cut are important and individual to your style and personality. Lists might work for you or even a Collage of images BUT before you go shopping you need to have created a starting point and an idea of your own individual style. Who am I?
This will take time and you may need to allocate quite a bit of personal time to achieve this. You deserve this time for yourself. Of course you could ask friends to go with you but remember that it is about your style not theirs.
Think about a few things before you go into the endless void of the shopping world.
What do I want to spend?
Where do I want to look? Boutiques or department stores? Designer? High Street?
Do you start with a dress which is on every girl's list this season?
Which designers do I like?
What color suits me? What color is in fashion?
Do I want to follow fashion and go for block color?
What accessories do I have in my wardrobe?
What is my lifestyle? When will I wear this?
Business? Day? or after five? Short or maxi?
Classical or Contemporary?
If all is not working quite to plan, Call a friend and meet for afternoon tea. If you are in Sydney, the Victoria Room has opened up recently in the new Westfield Centre and I can recommend the tea stand. The Westin Sydney has an Around The World afternoon tea in the Lobby Bar. Always a delightful treat.
Research where the best places are in your city.
After some refreshments maybe you have energy for another look or you can pick up some Lush bath products and Consolidate your ideas at home as you luxuriate in a bubble bath, surrounded by gorgeous Glasshouse perfumed candles available from Peter Alexander. Check out the catalogue for some gorgeous sleepwear. Tomorrow is another day and you can hit the shops again with the same plan. ...........
NEXT..........Dress purchased. Hope you made a good purchase.
If you haven't made a decision yet, read my next blog on how to see what you have and cull what you don't need or haven't worn in the last six months. This could help you with your next important purchase and save you money.
What do I have already which will help me to coordinate my outfit?
- Jewellery? Do I need to lift the dress with my accessories or just Complement the outfit?
- Shoes? Am I over the "matchy matchy" look? Can I pop some Color? Heel Height? Style?
- Handbag? Day or evening? Tote or clutch? Wrist purse? What will I really need to carry?
- Perfume? Subtle? Oriental? Who am I? What suits me? What do I like?
- What do I need to buy that I could coordinate with more than this outfit?
You might like to check out Mimco for some ideas on accessories and if you haven't already become a Mimcollective member and enjoy the benefits.
Decisions are important to you as an individual if you are going to create a style.
Take Charge of your own style.
There is a final step before you go shopping the next time.
Yes, it's .....
Check out your wardrobe and make some hard decisions.
Ask yourself these questions.
- Do I wear this? ......... No
- When was the last time I wore this? ....... over 6 months ago
- Do I feel good when I wear this?......... No
- Does this represent me and my style?.......No
- Why did I buy this?.... 3 years ago
- Can I give this away?.....Yes and someone else may love it.
Culling your wardrobe will leave space for new items which you will wear and be useful parts of your new capsule wardrobe that you will enjoy wearing.
In my next blog, I will give you some good ideas on how to organise your wardrobe so that you can see everything you have and keep it all in great condition.