Finding and redefining your style can be challenging. From transitioning to a professional life after graduation, to landing a big promotion, to having to dress after having a baby, finding a style that is all your own can be tricky, however, regardless of what happens in life, it is essential to be able to adapt while maintaining a style that is all your own.
How to Identify Your Lifestyle Needs
Before you can hit the mall and start building a wardrobe that suits your style, you need to identify your lifestyle needs. The perfect wardrobe has to not only represent your creativity and vision, but it also needs to be tailored to your lifestyle. The Every Girl believes that your style should reflect your personality while still aligning with your long-term goals.
When identifying your lifestyle needs you need to determine your typical day to day activities as well as your usual weekend activities. You also want to consider any special events, like birthday parties or brunches, that you have to dress for on a regular basis. Being able to define your lifestyle will help direct the kinds of pieces you should include in your wardrobe.
How to Define Your Style Preferences
Defining your style preferences is a lot easier than you may think, especially with social media platforms like Pinterest and Go Chic or Go Home. Start doing some research online and create a style board of outfits that you are drawn too. After you’ve collected your ideas, you will want to look for a pattern. Do you see a lot of jeans, an unbeatable selection of sundresses, a lot of bold colors? You want to see your collection and “think about why you’re drawn to certain styles, and if they fit into your lifestyle,” says Jen Brownlie at The Sustainable Edit.
Tailoring Your Wardrobe to Fit
Once you’ve determined your lifestyle needs and found style inspiration, you want to make the clothes you purchase work for you, not against you. Finding clothes that fit right of the rack is almost impossible. However, with a great tailor, you can cultivate a wardrobe that flatters you and fits you well. The easiest clothing to have altered are those with a lot of seams. Some of the most common alterations that you can have done are:
- Hems of pants, tops, and dresses can sometimes be lengthened and always shortened
- Sleeve lengths can be shortened
- Widths of sleeves and pants can be slimmed
- Seat or waist of pants can be taken in
- Skirts and dresses can be taken in
Clothing items that are a bit more difficult to alter, but still completely possible are items that have a lining, and garments that have intricate details.
Building a wardrobe that fits your style is easy, but it does take a bit of pre-planning. Before heading to the mall, take the time to figure out what clothes work best for your current lifestyle needs and find inspiration online and in magazines. Before you know it, you’ll have built yourself a wardrobe that fits your particular style