Have you figured out your style yet? While most people might think they have, many others are still not quite sure. In any case, rarely is style a down-packed thing. Have you ever thought about why that is? That’s mainly because you are either always working on it- or you’re on pause.
Although analyzing your style is mostly done in a very personal or subconscious way-Today I want to focus on how to consciously work on editing your style. As Andre Leon Talley once said: “Everything in life is about editing, whether it is editing your food, editing your clothes, editing the flowers, editing your room, editing your time.” I totally agree!
The important thing to remember for this exercise in editing your style means that you’ll be working on making these important and specific changes by : Deleting; Substituting; Altering; Adding.
Editing your style:
- DELETE: Are you still hanging on to clothes that you are aspiring to fit into? Clothing that are still hanging in your closet waiting for their turn to come out and party (coz they never have)- need to finally be deleted from your wardrobe. Donate! By doing so you are eliminating hanging on to a style that just won’t work for you. It’s time to move on.
- SUBSTITUTE: Are you just sticking to that one safe pair of pants (think jeans) that goes with everything- that can be a good thing…but we’re talking editing- so it’s time to give those poor things a break! Why not substitute your looks with skirts instead- or maybe a jumpsuit. Switch it up!
- ALTER: Why not bring your faves out for a makeover. A little DIY never hurt anyone especially to tired and worn-out clothing. Turn your dress into a top and skirt; raise the hemlines; cut your pants into shorts; turn a skirt into a cape- possibilities are immense! Face-lift your wardrobe!
- ADD: Refreshing your existing wardrobe with a few extras can add dimension, fun and a touch of renewal. This can be done by adding, for example, a bright coloured scarf; new earrings; cuffs; boots instead of shoes; a hat- you see where I’m going with this. Sprinkle your outfit!
Need more tips to get you motivated to start editing your style? Here are a few things you can do:
- Get your hair styled differently. You can also get it coloured a different shade- or why not try a new cut? This is such a mood booster that instantly cries out for editing your style!
- Trying a new lipstick colour can push you to trying different colour palettes in clothing as well. Don’t believe me? Think back to the holidays and that bright red lippy…what did you choose wear then? That’s what I thought. Lipstick or new makeup have a way with demanding change.
- Get your body back into the groove by revitalizing yourself with a new, simple but fun exercise routine. You’ll feel refreshed and want to follow up with a style to match your mood.
- Why not plan a fun event out with girlfriends you haven’t seen in awhile! That should immediately spark an interest in ‘what should I wear?!’ In which at that point- go on and read the above: Delete; Substitute; Alter; Add!
- Repeat the process at least every 6 months. Enjoy!
Have you tried any of these methods before? I’d love to read your comments on this. How are you editing your style?
These are all such great tips! Thanks for sharing!
I love the sprinkling! I really need to do more of that! My biggest problem with donating is knowing a lot of it will probably end up in a landfill because the places where I can donate are full to the brim! Thanks for the idea, Lucy!
I agree with renewing yourself. And totally agree with getting rid of clothing that doesn’t fit our is just worn out. Have a good weekend.
Excellent advice, Lucy! I do donate regularly. And it’s funny you mentioned alter, because I have a dress in my closet just waiting to be cut in half. 😀 Working on my scarf collection…
Great advice! I agree 100%! It’s important to reevaluate your wardrobe every so often. You always do such a great job with repurposing and your clothing DIYs.
Jill – Doused in Pink
Thanks for sharing this. Such great advice. https://www.bauchlefashion.com/2023/02/5-must-thrift-fashionphile-finds-crowd.html?m=1
Great advice! I’m going to try to remember those 4 verbs: delete, substitute, alter, add. I don’t think I’ve ever really figured out my “personal style.” It’s ever evolving. Thank you for sharing this post in the Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 53.
My personal style is an ongoing thing – it is always changing and evolving, and now that I’m getting a bit older, that’s also a factor. Things that I loved 10 years ago don’t feel right anymore.
I am constantly editing my collection of clothes, accessories and jewelry – I always give away as much as I can to friends and coworkers, then donate what’s left.