Clothes talk - Defining style part 3.

As published in the Wagin Argus, The Grapevine (Yongerup) and The Williams.

Lifestyle needs – check.    

Style inspirations – check.

Clothing style personality – huh?

How we express ourselves changes as we move through different stages of life. Our understanding of who we are and what we are experiencing develops and changes.

In our teen years we like to experiment, conform, shock or hide.  Then, our wardrobe begins to include pieces that reflect the nature and responsibilities of our job.  And so it goes on.

As a reminder, our clothing should always be age appropriate. If you are wearing clothing that your grandchildren are wearing also, it is time to revisit what it means to look youthful. Not dowdy or frumpy, but showing a stylish you that reflects your approach to life.

Our clothing style nearly always reflects our personality. If you were to use the words, quiet, conscientious and reliable to describe yourself, you are unlikely to feel comfortable in clothing that is flamboyant, brightly coloured and on trend! 

Christian Dior - Spring/Summer '13 - Alexis Mabille

There are times though, when we get a bit lost in how to express who we are.

You may find the following headings useful to help clarify what your clothing style personality is.

  • Dramatic – strong combinations, confident, bold
  • Classic – timeless, sophisticated, well fitting
  • Elegant – poise, groomed, beautiful fabrics and finishes
  • Natural – relaxed, comfort, non-fussy details
  • Creative – original, patterns and textures, colourful
  • Feminine – softness, sensual, romantic

Armani, Chanel & Jean Paul Gaultier - Spring Summer '13

Rarely are we just one type. We generally fit into two or three styles quiet easily. I’m very strong on the Natural, followed by Classic.

Take a moment to self reflect. How do you describe yourself? How do others describe you? What words come to mind when you consider your style inspirational looks and ideas?

Have a look through your current wardrobe and consider how your clothes fit into these categories. Is there consistency or a real mixture? How would you describe the ones you feel most alive in? And those that you never wear?

Let’s go back to our ‘quiet’ personality. She feels most comfortable in basic, simple and tailored clothing. Her classic styles are in solid neutral colours. She gets mileage (shoe money theory) out of her wardrobe and buys quality pieces.

Now, put the three parts together – lifestyle needs, inspirations and your personality. Consider how you can marry them together. Have a play with your wardrobe, trying things on in new ways. What items could you add that reflect your personality?