There are moments in life when we need to start over, whether it’s moving to a new city or exploring a different career or something as simple as a drastic hair cut. These times come about because we are craving change, wanting something new or to head in a different direction than we are.
This is what happened to me recently. I needed a change in my wardrobe. My style, or lack of, was not making me feel good anymore. I honestly didn’t know where to start. Leaving your wardrobe behind isn’t as easy as planning a move. The steps are not as straight forward. All I knew is that I was I didn’t feel good in the clothes I owned. Also this photo above may give you an idea of how chaotic my closet was getting. This is not a cohesive style.
This feeling of not loving my clothes has slowly creeped up on me. It wasn’t an ahha moment, where I woke up one day and decided I needed a new style. It started slow. At first I didn’t feel good in an outfit, or a shirt didn’t really fit properly, or I saw a photo of my butt in a pair of jeans and realized they were not flattering. As I move through life my style is evolving, but I think I lost my way for a bit. I was floundering to find my style without really focusing in on what made me feel good or worked for my body type.
Although I am only starting to find my own personal style, I thought I would share what I have learned so far, in case you are also wanting to make a change. It’s actually quite freeing to start over. To rediscover your style and wardrobe.
How To Start Finding Your Style
Clear out your wardrobe
I know, it’s an obvious place to start, but it’s the best place. Look at your wardrobe with a critical eye. Try on every piece of clothing you own. Does the piece of clothing fit properly? Is the material misshapen after many washes? Does the clothing have piling or any damage? All of these have to go! You not only want to find your style but feel really good in the clothing you wear.
Start thinking about your style
I started a secret Pinterest board with images I liked and it was pretty clear early on what I liked. Simple style, usually a t-shirt, jeans, nicely cut jacket or sweater, nice shoes with a pattern or a purse that had detail. I don’t even own a t-shirt so why was I saving all of these looks. If I stepped back and didn’t think of about the pieces, the vibe of all of the looks was the same. Simple, classy and feminine. I think I found the start of my style.
Don’t fill your wardrobe right away
This is a process. Don’t waste this opportunity by clearing out most of your wardrobe only to fill it with sale items because you wanted to find your style. (I had a moment where I wanted to do this, it passed.) Kind of defeats the purpose. I think this is a slow process. You need to look at what you have and slowly build on it. Adding one piece here and there. Each piece has purpose and belongs or fits with the other items you own.
Finding my style has been a lot of fun! I thought it would be a dauting. Starting over with my wardrobe and donating 80% has been very freeing. I am not tied to my old clothes and don’t have to make them work. I am able to begin again however works best for me.