Almost a month ago I posted about the Style Definition Mission. At the point of drafting this post, I realised I’ve not been able to devote any time at to all the further reading I mentioned. Life, blogging and the small matter of creating The Dressing Room kind of got in the way.
But seeing as I’m now at the stage of putting the finishing touches on said dressing room, I thought it was the ideal time to share my defining answers as and help kickstart my own closet mission…
1. Who are your style icons?
We’ll start with the obvious – I’m looking at you Olivia Palermo. But also making my list are Sarah Jessica Parker (can you tell?), Wardrobe Icons founder & WIT blogger, Laura Fantacci, J.Crew Creative Director Jenna Lyons and Coco Chanel for her groundbreaking style rule changes and don’t give a damn attitude all those years ago. I also admire Lucy from Fashion Me Now’s personal style and similarly, Mija from the Creators Of Desire blog network.
2. How do you feel when you’re wearing your favourite outfit?
Confidant, assured and in control. And lets not forget joyous and celebratory – clothes have that power for me.
3. How do you feel when you’re wearing something that’s not right?
Uncomfortable, cross with myself and vulnerable. Out of place wherever that place may be.
4. List some styles that you like but aren’t necessarily you.
Boho beach babe, bold print mixing and colour clashing. They turn my head and have me scrolling through Pinterest but having tried them, I don’t think they’re me.
5. List the top five lifestyle activities you dress for.
Work at home days, trips to London for the blog, running errands and shopping, dog walking and going out to eat.
6. Write down 15+ words that you associate with your style story.
Classic, paired back, comfortable, edgy, urban, monochrome, statement accessories, detail. Sophisticated, luxe, unexpected, bold lines, great cuts. Affordable AND high end. This is the style story I’m aiming for, not necessarily the one I’m currently in!
7. Let’s get visual. Collate 20 images the represent the words, feelings and elements you’ve listed so far.
8. Take all those descriptions, feelings and visuals and distill them down to 5 words or less. Your final words should really resonate and genuinely feel like you.
Relaxed. Simplicity. Individual. Comfort. Detail.
So that’s it – five words to define my style and work with an ongoing basis. Writing this post and defaulting to type as far as my chosen images and descriptions go has made me realise two things.
Whilst I admire the sometimes eclectic manner in which Olivia Palermo or bloggers such as Blair from Atlantic Pacific may dress, those specific looks aren’t me. I might borrow an element or purchase something they’re wearing but I need to put my own spin on it.
And basically I’m a neutralaholic, slowly morphing into a grown up devotee of Normcore with an injection of a statement accessory here or a shot of colour there. I continue to write the blog with a view to what both readers like and what I would wear but I think my own personal style preferences will (and should) be a key factor.
Which five words would define your style?
Photography: Marlene Lee