wardrobe reconstruction: defining my personal style.
For the past few months, I've been thinking over & brainstorming on a wardrobe reconstruction. I've been mentioning it here & there on Twitter, & if you follow me on Pinterest, then surely you've been clued in a bit to some of the details. Mainly, my closet has been way overdue for a good, honest, cleaning-out, & now that you're seeing this post, it means the wheels have finally been set in motion.
But before I embarked on rebuilding my entire wardrobe, I felt it was important to meditate on what kind of style I wanted to go with, so that I was building a closest I'd be in love with, & I'd always feel like I had something to wear. Not only would this approach cut down on stress, it would also cut down on waste.
So, in what direction did I want to take my personal style? Well, I came up with a few buzzwords first: romantic, preppy, classic, & cozy. When I reflected on the styles I like looking at most on others, I realized I was drawn to traditional styles, with a bit of a feminine twist. So, I decided that I'd fill my closet with structured blouses, playful prints, & items that could be mixed & matched to provide professional looks, casual looks, & cozy-around-the-house looks. It was also important to me that my wardrobe stand the test of time: I wanted my closet full of classic fabrics & styles, not trendy pieces that would flit in & out within a season.
Then, there was the issue of color. In order to allow for the mix-&-match element I wanted in my wardrobe, I needed most of my pieces to coordinate in some way. Thus, I decided on some of my favorite colors to play main fiddle in my collection: navy, gray, yellow, black, cream, & blush were chosen to be the main contenders.
To take the brainstorming to the next level, I took to Pinterest & created a board for each of the above colors, as well as some additional items: stripes, flats, lounge/workout, gold details, & style icons. These boards have been a lot of fun for me to add to, & they've proven such a help in guiding my purchases. I'd absolutely encourage anyone looking to restructure their wardrobe, to take the steps I did. I still have a long way to go, & more items to buy, but I feel like I'm on the right track now, & I'm excited about it!
My wardrobe reconstruction series will include Polyvore sets that I'll put together with my parameters in mind, as well as more & more items being added to my Pinterest boards. Look for more posts, coming soon!
See all of the Pinterest boards here:
navy | gray | yellow | black | cream | blush | stripes | flats | lounge/workout | gold details | style icons
photos: some new wardrobe additions, from my birthday shopping haul \ nikon