Finding my style | Part 1
My problem isn't unique. An overstuffed closet, yet nothing to wear. I like some of the stuff I wear, but I don't love all of it. I did the KonMari method to declutter about one year ago, and I am again in this situation where I have a closet full to capacity, with many items with the tags still attached. I have been trying various style challenges to cure this, but I really need a sustainable system.
I came across The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees, read it in one day and fell in love. I really like the premise of the book. They key points —
- Style is not something that you're born with or without. It is something you cultivate.
- The cookie cutter style profiles (casual, bohemian etc) don't usually work for most people.
- When you know what you like, you buy what you like and you use what you buy.
- There's that promise of always knowing what to wear if you love all of your closet.
The book doesn't give you a rigid set of rules (wear this not that) or present any must have clothing items (every woman should own a white button down shirt). Instead, it presents a system that anyone can follow to define their own style. This series of blogs is about me going through the system to define my style.
Step 1: Define status quo
This is where you collect pictures of what you wore over the last two weeks and answer a bunch of questions about them. That leads to a written summary of what your style goals are. Here's mine —
Asta, 32, Needs to stop being lazy
I have always been a lazy dresser for day to day living. While I am good about putting in effort for weekend parties or special events, I have never put any effort into looking put together everyday just for work/school etc.
What do you like about your style and current wardrobe?
I am not afraid of taking 'risks'. For example, I own a sequinned gold jacket that I have worn out for parties. I also own a lot of comfy but cute separates that I can wear to work.
Which aspects of your style and wardrobe need work?
I want to look like I care about what I wear at work. I want to stay comfy, but also look polished.
What new skills do you want to learn?
Style basic items into chic looks. Stop overshopping. Create variety with a limited number of items.