Find Inspiration for Outfit Ideas
“Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly.” Epictetus
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Signature style starts with inspiration.
Signature style starts with inspiration for outfit ideas that convey the “new you”. The way we gain our inspiration is by analyzing what we already have and researching women’s clothes to see what outfits attract us so much that we would want to wear them ourselves.
Outfit ideas start with purging your closet.
In my previous blog I mentioned a quick tip to show you how little we really wear from all of our accumulated clothes. You can go back to the post and read it again with this link – QUICK TIP.
I actually did the test and found that I mostly wore the same 20% of what was hanging in my closet. Amazing!
Before – 53 hangers facing the same
After – 10 hangers rehung in opposite direction
This is the time you get into the closet and start pulling everything out.
Let’s face it. Even if we knew our styles at one point, we’re older now (at least I am!). Things change, drop, spread – it’s just life. We need to check ourselves every few years. I know I’ve hung on to clothes that I remember looking great on me. I have been trying them on again and was shocked! Did I really feel good wearing THAT!!! Probably my clothes were in fashion then. Fashion styles have changed. Especially when you must dress more age appropriate. And I hope you are doing that?
These concepts are from the book I am working with The Curated Closet. I love how organized her system is to guide you to discovery of your own sense of style.
So get into your closet. Make a “keep” pile. Try everything on. Ask yourself these questions:
- Do I love it
- Does it fit properly
- Does it make me feel great when I’m wearing it
- What styles, colors and fabrics am I drawn to
- Can I see myself wearing them constently
- What don’t I like about some of my clothes – hint – throw away or donate those
Don’t forget to go through your lounge wear, shoes, bras and undies, jewelry. I will be addressing these in later posts.
So what to keep and what will go?
You will have pieces that you love and will wear. But there will be pieces that you’re just not sure. If you don’t LOVE it – don’t keep it. That rule also goes for shopping for what to wear. Make sure your pieces fit into your life. You don’t have to follow any current trends. You want clothes that will pass the test of time. I have prepared a cheat sheet of items that are a must for everyone. However, you don’t have to run out and buy these immediately. Gradually add them to your wardrobe. It also lists what items must go. Click on it here to get the download.
Now for the fun part – research!
Start looking for new outfit ideas. Look through magazines and pinterest. There is so much on pinterest! Also don’t forget TV shows and movies. Take pictures on your phone and download from pinterest. Make yourself a file either on your computer or print them out. Do this enough until you start getting a good image of an emerging style that you really like for yourself.