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Quick question. Does this sound familiar?
I was going through racks of clothing in my favorite store and I spotted the cutest shirt paired with some nice bottoms and jewelry.
I immediately said, “My best friend would definitely wear this”.
How am I so sure that she would wear this outfit?
The answer is style.
Style is distinctive to you. When God created you, He gave you your own little swag that he gave no one else. It’s how you express who you are to the world.
The problem though – when you don’t know your style or what you like, you tend to buy clothes that “only looked cute in the store”.
If style is so unique - shouldn’t we take some time to develop it?
The answer is a resounding YES! I can explain in more detail why in a future blog post but for now. YES!
Before you read my process to create your own style you need to know something.
If you Google “How to Develop Your Style” “How to Find My Style” or along those lines – you will be told to create a style board or look in magazines or think of your favorite actor/actress
In other words get inspiration from other people’s style!
Now - there is nothing wrong with doing it that way but our goal is to create YOUR style.
So here is a simple process you can use to develop your style starting with your own closet:
Step 1 – Go To Outfit
If you were to go to the grocery store right now then to the movies, what would you wear: flowy shirt and nice shorts, leggings and oversized shirt, jeans and tshirt or tank, maxi skirt or dress? What’s your go to?
Step 2 – Identify Theme
Look in your closet.
What colors, fit, and style do you see? Is there a pattern?
Colors: What color scheme do you see? Are the colors bold, nudes or neutrals, grays and blacks?
Fit: are your clothes loose fitting, form fitting or flowy, a mix
Style: Athletic, Bohemian, Beachy, Casual, Loungy, Sassy, Country Chic (don’t worry about what it’s called just give it a name or description)
Now – go back to your go to outfit.
Does this outfit match your theme? Do you love it or hate it?
If you have reservations or hate it – look at what you do love in your wardrobe theme. Pick a different go-to-outfit from this theme.
Are you able to build a 7 day wardrobe using this outfit as a base? If so – this is your style.
However, If you aren’t loving your style or wardrobe theme (or just want to explore other style ideas to enhance your style), NOW, you will get inspiration from others. Go to the next step.
Step 3: Create a Pinterest board
Go to Pinterest and search for types of outfits/styles that you want to explore:
Bohemian. Country chic. Athletic or Loungy. Hipster. Or other descriptors (i.e. flowy, beachy)
Choose only eye-catching outfits, styles and colors.
Only spend about 30 minutes creating this board.
Step 4: Align Pinterest Board w/ Your Wardrobe
Now that you have some inspiration go back to your wardrobe and see if you can find an outfit that aligns with your board.
If so, go back to Step 2.
If not, you have a starting point for wardrobe shopping.
Before you go - one more thing!
Developing style is much like our relationship with Christ. Here’s how:
Step 1 – what is your go-to attitude when dealing with difficult people or go-to activity when Christ wants to spend time with you?
Step 2 – what theme would describe your relationship with Christ? Just a partof your life? Or your life?
If your attitude or activities are not centered around Him then go to the next step.
Step 3 – go to the Bible to learn about the wardrobe He created for our heart and pray for Him to clothe us in righteousness and holiness.
Step 4 – start aligning your life with this wardrobe and watch Him use your unique style (personality) to share the Gospel in ways no one else can.