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How My Wardrobe Became More Sustainable

How My Wardrobe Became More Sustainable

 

HOW MY WARDROBE BECAME MORE SUSTAINABLE

There has been much positive change in my wardrobe in the last 8+ years. These changes include:-

  • what goes in it,
  • what is taken out,
  • different approach to shopping
  • creating an organised wardrobe space,
  • wearing more of my clothes on a regular basis,
  • having clothing that coordinates and easily mix and matches to create many different outfits for my lifestyle,
  • thinking about my clothing choices.

My wardrobe hasn’t always been a place I liked to visit. It contained many clothing items that were purchased for the wrong reasons. Much of my clothing purchases remained unworn taking up valuable wardrobe real estate space. I use to wear 20% of my clothing 80% of the time.  My consumption definitely outweighed my wearability and wasted a large amount of money, time and energy.  It contained far more quantity than quality and very little thought about sustainability.

Now I am wearing 80% or more of my clothing most of the time. Without me realising it my wardrobe has become more supportive and sustainable than at any other time in my life. My wardrobe has done a double flip and is now more quality than quantity. It is no longer a storage place for my misguided shopping choices. As a consumer I had very little conscious thought of the impact my choices had emotionally, financially, ethically or environmentally.

Let me tell you how this change has happened over a period of time without me realising what was happening. I have spent some time reflecting on how this change has evolved.

  • Discovering the clothing elements that I love to wear to express who I am – my Personality Style. This has guided me in my shopping choices and provided with directions to buy clothing that I loved and would wear.
  • Gaining knowledge, understanding and acceptance of my body by applying style principles that enhanced my  style look.
  • Discovering the colour palette that harmonised and complimented my complexion. When I started wearing colours from my colour swatch I felt and looked completely alive, healthy and energised.  It also gave me the pathway to create a mix and match colour coordinated wardrobe.  My wardrobe was no longer a mismatch of clothing but each piece added value, versatility and variety.  I was making more informed and considered shopping choices. I stopped feeling like I had nothing to wear.
  • Playing, exploring and experimenting with the clothes in my wardrobe meant I was shopping in my wardrobe instead of going to the shops to buy more.
  • Having an organised wardrobe meant that I could easily see, find and wear the clothes I had. This resulted in me wearing more of my clothes in different combinations.
  • Shopping with a different mindset. I was no longer shopping as an emotional outlet. I now shop with purpose and know what I am looking for. Prior to these changes I would shop with the intention to just buy something. My wardrobe is no longer overcrowded with clothes I do not wear.
  • Buying much more from local and Australian small clothing businesses.
  • Adopted a RE strategy into my wardrobe – replace, restyle, repurpose, repair, remake, recycle, reuse and rewear. I have less in my wardrobe but more possible outfit combinations than I have had ever had before.
  • Rethinking what I am buying by considering these questions:-* What fibres am I wearing and the impact the manufacturing process has on the environment.* Where am I buying my clothes?
    * Why am I buying this?
    * Where and how were these clothes made?
    * How long will this item last?
  1. Recognising that I have much more to learn about sustainability and clothing.

    Presently reading these books:-

  • “Slow Clothing – Finding Meaning in What We Wear” by Jane Milburn
  • “Wardrobe Crisis – How We Went from Sunday Best to Fast Fashion” by Clare Press
  • “Fashionopolis -The Price of Fast Fashion & the Future of Clothes” by Dana Thomas

 

I look forward to embracing these thoughts from Jane Milburn:-

“Slow clothing is about thoughtful, ethical, creative and sustainable ways to enjoy clothes while minimising our material footprint.”

Tips for Shopping Online

Tips for Shopping Online

 

 

TIPS FOR SHOPPING ONLINE

I much prefer to retail shop than online because I am a tactile shopper and do not like to buy without trying on. This post was inspired by my recent adventure looking at some clothing outlets on facebook. I felt inclined to investigate what they had on offer because the outfits were representative of my own style / clothing preferences – creative, unusual designs and construction. While looking at these sites and enjoying the clothing range a voice inside my head was saying – “Buyer beware – what you see may not be what you get.” The alarm bells were ringing because the clothing quality and style did not correspond to the low cost. After reading quite a few reviews my initial thoughts were realised. I have to say I was very disappointed because I had already visualised myself wearing many of these outfits.

Here are some helpful tips for making considered purchases online that can add value to what you already have in your wardrobe. No matter whether you shop retail or online a purchase you don’t wear is not adding any value to your life.

BEFORE SHOPPING – BE PREPARED

Your reasons for shopping can have a positive or negative impact on the outcome of your shopping journey. When you shop do you have an expectation that you will purchase something and feel disappointed and let down if you haven’t made a purchase.

ASK yourself these questions to lessen the chances of purchasing items that you will not wear:-

  • WHY am I going shopping online? (The following also applies to real life shopping.)

There are many reasons why we shop:-

  • Just stumbled across an interesting post on my feed.
  • I am filling in time.
  • Feel like I have nothing to wear.
  • Bored with my wardrobe.
  • Nothing fits me.
  • Want to see what is available.
  • To fill a gap in my wardrobe.

Knowing why you are shopping can set the direction and expectations of the outcome of this experience.  Not every shopping experience has to end in disappointment if you have not purchased something. I call this going on a shopping safari.

  • WHAT are you looking for?

Self knowledge and awareness is very important when shopping as it can lessen the impulse to buy for the sake of that shopping rush. You can gain more self knowledge by looking at the clothes that you already have and enjoy wearing. Take a look at the clothes you enjoy wearing and make you feel comfortable and confident.

Important information to know includes identifying:-

  • Clothing types that you prefer to wear- skirts, tops, pants, shorts, jeans, suits, dresses etc
  • Styles and silhouettes you find most flattering and comfortable.
  • Types of fabrics which feel right for you. Take a look at the fabric composition of clothing that feels just right for you.
  • Colours & patterns you like to wear and how you combine them.
  • Level of detail in your clothing – do you prefer simple, classic and uncluttered clothing or frills and more details.
  • Identify the brands that you most like wearing.

The above elements outline your style preferences and relate to your Personality Style. Identifying your preferred Personality Style gives you power when shopping as it becomes a road map to choosing clothes that work for you.

QUESTIONS TO ASK

Ask these questions when you find something that appeals to you to help you make informed decisions.

  1. What attracted me to this item?
  2. Where can I wear this? / Does it fit with my lifestyle needs?
  3. How does this item fit with my personal clothing preferences?
  4. Do I have anything like this already?
  5. What detail does it have that will enhance or be less flattering on me?
  6. Why am I buying this?
  7. Will I return it if it isn’t right?

DO SOME RESEARCH

If you are buying a brand that you haven’t worn before or from a new outlet it is important to check the reviews.

Also remember to check the returns policy. Ask yourself whether you are likely to return it if it isn’t right.

Ask friends about their experiences.

HIT THE PAUSE BUTTON

Before you hit the BUY NOW button take some time out to consider why you are buying this and how it will add value to your wardrobe.

PITFALLS OF ONLINE SHOPPING

  • Shopping online is very one dimensional as we are just looking at an image on a body that more than likely bears no resemblance in body shape, body proportions and body variations to ourselves. Everything online looks appealing on the model.
  • Wearing clothing involves how we feel as well as how it fits. There is only one way to know if something is right for you and that is trying it on.
  • If you are not the type of person to return items then online shopping may not work for you unless you have already tried the item on in the shops. I am that type of person.
  • Online shopping does not allow us to touch, feel and examine for quality.
  • There are no standard guidelines for sizing across the clothing and fashion industry. This can make it very difficult to choose the correct size. Some sites will have body measurements for bust, waist, hips etc. This is not always helpful because we can have similar body measurements but our body shapes can be very different. Some body shapes are curvier whereas others are straighter. Clothes will fit and look very different even if body measurements are similar.

Being an empowered shopper involves having  the knowledge of how your clothing needs relate to your:-

  • Personality Style
  • Body Shape
  • Body Proportions
  • Body Variations
  • Lifestyle Needs.

MAKE EVERY PURCHASE COUNT

Contact me  to discover how we can work together to take the frustrations out of shopping, creating outfits and a wardrobe that supports you every day.

 

 

8 LESSONS FROM MY WARDROBE Part 1

8 Lessons From My Wardrobe Part 1

 

8 LESSONS FROM MY WARDROBE – Part 1

The inspiration for this post has come from realising how my wardrobe is now supporting and enhancing my life.  This has not always been the case.  My wardrobe use to be overcrowded, frustrating and challenging. Every morning I dreaded opening the wardrobe doors to find something to wear. Getting dressed each morning usually ended up with many clothes scattered on the floor and me running late. The reality was that I didn’t really know what was in my wardrobe and found it difficult to find anything. If you can relate to this keep reading.

My wardrobe was not supporting me or working for me. Finding clothes to create an outfit felt like fighting my way through vines in a jungle. It was a painful and frustrating process every day. Something was missing.

What was missing had nothing to do with not having enough clothes. I realised it was my lack of self knowledge, self acceptance and self confidence that needed to be addressed. What followed on from this has been life changing. I decided to take the big step and study Personal Styling and Colour. Little did I realise the positive impact this would have on my personal and professional life.

Over the last five years my wardrobe has evolved and changed into a place I enjoy visiting each day. These are the lessons that have changed my wardrobe into my daily shopping boutique.

 

LESSON 1 – IMPORTANCE of COLOUR COHESIVENESS

When I look into my wardrobe I see a cohesive collection of colours not a mismatch of colours. These colours relate to me in terms of my personal colouring and my Colour Personality preferences. They make me look and feel alive, vibrant and healthier even on a bad day.

My wardrobe is no longer a sea of black and mismatch of colour. My colour swatch has been like a magic wand.  It has enabled me to now have a range of neutrals and colours that cohesively work together. These colours easily mix and match which means I can create more outfits from what I have. I now have value, versatility and variety in my wardrobe.

My colour swatch has become my best friend.

Colour Swatch Absolute Colour System

 

LESSON 2 – WHO AM I?

Discovering my Personality Style and how this related to my preferred clothing elements was very empowering. It gave me greater self confidence and understanding of how I wanted my clothes to express who I am.  It made me realise what clothing styles, colours, patterns, fabrics, textures, shapes, accessories felt  ‘just right’ for me. The clothes in my wardrobe needed to not just fit but also feel right.

This strongly impacted on my approach to shopping, increased confidence and self acceptance. My eyes were more open to my preferences and this saved much time and money when shopping – (more on this in Lesson 7). I now enjoy wearing all that I buy. I have no more unworn clothing in my wardrobe.

I now know what I want my clothes to do for me. This is my Style Personality statement – what I want my clothes to say about me:-

“Relaxed look with an artinistic edge, dash of colour and uniqueness.”

Personality Style

 

I now accept and relish these elements that make me individual and unique. You need to understand yourself to create a wardrobe that works and supports you.

These first two Lessons From My Wardrobe are both strongly related to my personal characteristics. They are not about fashion, following trends or shopping aimlessly. Knowing, understanding and accepting myself has been a major factor in creating a wardrobe that supports and works for me.

 

Look out for 8 Lessons From My Wardrobe Part 2.

 

 

Guidelines for Shopping with Friends

Guidelines for Shopping with Friends

GUIDELINES FOR SHOPPING WITH FRIENDS

Who do you shop with? Do you prefer to shop alone or with a friend? There are advantages and disadvantages for shopping alone or with a friend. This guideline for shopping with friends outlines my thoughts and observations from my own and observing others shopping experiences. There can be advantages and disadvatages when you shop with someone else.

Guideline 1 – TRUST YOUSELF

Most people have the tendency to step out of the change room and ask their shopping partner this question:-

What do you think?

 When asked this question people usually respond in two ways:-

  • from what they see and how it looks or
  • from their own personal preference base of colour, style, pattern, texture and shapes.

Clothes can fit and look good on you and other people’s opinion can influence your decision or thoughts which can result in purchases that you regret and hang unworn in your wardrobe. When you only consider the fit and how it looks you are overlooking a very important element and that is how the clothing feels on you.

Before you step foot out of the changeroom look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself this all important question:-

How do I feel in this?

There is only one person who can answer this question and that is yourself. No matter how well clothing fits you and looks good on you if it doesn’t feel right then you will not feel comfortable and will not wear it. If you buy the item influenced by your friend or sales assistant’s opinions then it probably will become a put on and take off outfit and never make it out of the bedroom.

No matter how great something fits you do not buy it if it does not feel right.

Guideline 2 – KNOW YOUR PERSONALITY STYLE

How clothing feels on you strongly relates to understanding your Style Personality. Your Style Personalityy identifies the colour, shape, styles, comfort level, fabrics, scale, patterns and prints that relate to who you are. These elements combine to create your visual image that reflects who you are. This is very unique and individual.

This information about your Style Personality gives you the knowledge to understand why something that looks good and fits okay  just doesn’t seem right. With this knowledge you can be empowered by identifying what it is that doesn’t feel right.

This results in you making more informed choices about what you purchase and not be influenced by others or what’s in fashion. You know yourself and undestand what works for you. You can then make statements like :-

  • “This looks good but I don’t like the feel of the material. I know I wouldn’t wear this.”
  •   “I am not going to try this on because I don’t like wearing floral prints.”

Let me share a shopping story with you. I was shopping with a client who had brought her friend along for support. My client had great difficulty finding clothes that fitted and appealed to her. When she walked out of the change room with a smile on her face I knew she felt good in this. She also looked good in the dress.

Friend: “No, I don’t like that.”  – Clients smile disappeared.
Me: “What don’t you like?”

Friend: “The colour, I hate that colour.”
Me: “You might not like or wear that colour but how do you like it on Mary.”
Friend: “Oh, it does look good on her.” (Smile reappeared on my client’s face)

Me to Client: “How do you feel?”
Client: “I really like how it feels and looks.” (Client purchased the dress and has loved wearing it.)

If I had not questioned my client’s friend we would not have realised her response was coming from her own preferences and not really related to her friend.

Guideline 3 – Questions to Ask

The following questions are important questions and ones I ask my clients when shopping or working in their wardrobes. This helps them make informed decisions when thinking about what to buy. An individual item in the shops is only worth buying if you are going to enjoy wearing it.

Guidlines to take shopping with friends

 

These questions give you and your friends a guideline for thinking about purchases and not resonding to outside influences such as someone elses opinion or the latest trends.

When you go shopping with friends you need to support each other to buy wisely and not on impulse. You want to:-

  • Love the feel.
  • Love the look.
  • Love wearing it.

 

 

 

What is Your Shoe Style?

What is your shoe style?

 

WHAT IS YOUR SHOE STYLE?

Shoes are an important element when putting together an outfit, look what they did for Cinderella and Dorothy. There are shoes for for all ocassions,  varied styles and in many colours.

Everyone has unique style preferences when it comes to choosing the shoes that are ‘just right’ for them. These style preferences relate to your Personality Style. The elements that relate to your shoe Personality Style include:-

  • colour,
  • shapes and styles,
  • comfort level,
  • level of detail,
  • heel shape and height,
  • fabric choice

Last week I visited Tascha at Mainstreet Shoes in Queanbeyan and talked all things shoe related.  Let’s look at What’s Your Shoe Style. Remember when you look at these photos that your shoe preferences can be a combination of a few of these Personality Styles.

 

CLASSIC SHOE STYLE

Classic shoes have a timeless, understated classy look. They are mainly in neutral colours with a low vamp and do not have much detail. The classic style includes court shoes with low to medium heel height.

 

NATURAL / RELAXED SHOE STYLE

 Natural / Relaxed shoe styles are generally practical, comfortable and functional with a no fuss look. A low heel is the preferred option with comfort being the number one factor in selecting shoes. The patterned floral print shoe at the front is a combination of  relaxed / natural style with a feminine floral print in creative colours.

 

FEMININE SHOE STYLE

Feminine shoe styles include court shoes, ballet flats and slip ons. Heels can be low or high and usually in colours to match outfits. These shoes will not be shiny or chunky but will have soft feminine features such as bows, ribbons, lace, flowers and sparkles.

 

CREATIVE SHOE STYLE

Creative shoe styles include shoes with quirky and interesting detail such as unusual construction, styles, shapes, any patterns and combination of colours. These shoe styles will make a statement and create a focal point in your outfit.

 

DRAMATIC SHOE STYLE

Dramatic shoe styles are usually bold, and make a modern, contemporary statement. High heels, stilettos and pointed toes are usually preferred to flats. Geometric, graphic and animal prints are favoured. The animal print flat shoe would be a combination of relaxed and dramtic because of the animal print.

 

ELEGANT CHIC SHOE STYLE

Elegant Chic shoe styles have a modern, sophisticated look. They are usually court shoes or ballet flat styles with metal decorations such as discs, buckles and flat squares. Preferred colours are usually light to medium neutrals – grey, camel, browns, burgundies and blues but nothing too dark or bright.

 

REBELLIOUS / SEXY SHOE STYLE

Rebellious / Sexy shoe styles are those that are somewhat unconventional or really sexy. The favoured colour is black and more black. Shoe styles in this group include doc martins, motorcyle boots, metal detailing such as chains, spikes and buckles and very high sexy styles.

Take a look at the shoes you love to wear and take note of the elements that you like to wear. These elements become your Shoe Personality.

 

What are Your Clothes Saying?

What are Your Clothes Saying?

 

WHAT ARE YOUR CLOTHES SAYING?

Our clothes serve a greater purpose than just covering our nakedness. What you put on can have a positive or negative impact on how you feel, look and act. Studies have shown that what you wear can greatly influence your confidence, feelings, moods, productivity and  self concept. Professor

Karen Pine wrote a very interesting article Mind What You Wear: It Can Change Your Life.

How does your clothing make you feel?
When I started working from home I realised that what I wore or didn’t wear greatly effected my productivity. I found that I needed to get out of my pj’s or tracksuit if I wanted to have a positive working day. When I lifted the level of refinement of my outfit from tracksuit to jeans, top & jacket and added a splash of lipstick and earrings I felt in a frame of mind for work and achieved more. It is worth taking notice to how you feel in different outfits both physically and emotionally.

Does the clothing you wear tell your story?
The clothes you wear and how you wear them lets the world know who you are. Our clothing and grooming needs to reflect who we are from the inside out. When you dress to your Personality Style you will look and feel comfortable and confident. Your Personality Style influences your clothing choices in may ways and is an important factor in whether you feel ‘just right’ in your outfit. 

What you wear and how you wear your clothing will change depending on the activity you are dressing for. You need to consider how you want others to perceive you. This will vary depending on whether you  are dressing for a backyard barbeque, going out for dinner, job interview or a professional meeting.

The clothing you wear needs to be a great FIT in many ways – your clothing needs to fit your:-

  • Personality Style
  • Lifestyle
  • Now body shape and proportions

You might like to read Getting Dressed Using the 5 F Principles.

 

 

 

 

How to Move Your Style Forward

How to Move Your Style Forward

 

HOW TO MOVE YOUR STYLE FORWARD

How to Move Your Style Forward outlines a process for setting actions for change. It is important to take some time to reflect on how you feel about your wardrobe and how it is meeting your needs.

Getting dressed each day starts in your wardrobe. Let’s step into your wardrobe to look at what is and isn’t working for you. What is in your wardrobe determines the choices you have on a daily basis so this makes a great starting point.

What you need in your wardrobe is clothing that:-

  • suits your NOW body not the one you had 10 years ago or when you lose weight
  • you enjoy wearing and makes you feel and look good
  • can be easily located and found
  • is suitable for the different activities in your life
  • easily mixes and matches to create multiple outfits thus giving you a valuable and versatile wardrobe

HOW TO MOVE YOUR STYLE FORWARD – WHAT IS OR ISN’T WORKING?

Reflecting on the last year in your wardrobe can identify actions for change. These questions look at  your frustrations and needs. They can help set your style directions.

  • What did I enjoy wearing?
    Identifying the outfits you enjoyed wearing can give you clues as to the style elements that you feel most comfortable wearing.
    The style elements you enjoy wearing are closely related to your Personality Style. The elements you need to take notice of include:
    – colours (dark, light, neutrals, colours)
    – patterns / prints (stripes, checks, spots, paisley, houndstooth, digital, floral, animal, geometric, stylised, graphic)
    – types of clothing (pants, skirts, tops, dresses)
    – fabrics (woven, stretch, soft, stiff)
    – shapes of clothing (loose, firm, fitted, symmetrical, asymmetrical)
    – accessories
 
  • What haven’t I worn?
    Most people only wear 20% of their wardrobe 80% of the time.

    Use the list  compiled from the questions above to look at the clothing you haven’t been wearing.
    Ask yourself how do I feel in this?
    Take some time to see if you can create outfits with the clothing you haven’t been wearing? If you aren’t able to do this then the item probably doesn’t belong in your wardrobe.
    While creating outfits take note of items of clothing that may be missing from your wardrobe. Create a list of items to fill your wardrobe gaps.
 
  • When did I feel frustrated or struggle to put together an outfit?
    Identify when you usually find it difficult or frustrating to put together an outfit that makes you feel and look good.

    Is it when you are:-
    – time poor and in a rush
    – feeling low or unwell
    – unable to find an item in your wardrobe
    – unable to create an outfit because you are missing a crucial piece

 

  • How organised is my wardrobe?
    An overcrowded or disorganised wardrobe will always make it challenging to get dressed without feeling frustrated. Take the time to reorganise, sort and cull your wardrobe can make a difference. 

NEXT STEPS FOR MOVING YOUR STYLE FORWARD

  • Stop shopping for a while and take the time to SHOP IN YOUR WARDROBE.
  • Plan your outfits at the weekend or the night before.
  • Make a list of items that are missing from your wardrobe.
  • Ask yourself these three questions when you put on an outfit:-
    1. Does this fit?
    2. Does outfit flatter?
    3. How does this outfit make me feel?
  • CONTACT INDIVIDUALLY YOU FOR A FREE 30 MINUTE STYLE DISCOVERY CHAT OR CONSULTATION
Investing in a Style and or Wardrobe Consultation will save you time and energy getting dressed every morning and when shopping.
 
DISCOVER HOW TO HAVE CONFIDENT STYLE – YOUR WAY EVERY DAY?

 

 
 

Five Questions to Take Shopping with You

Five Qiestions to Take Shopping with You

 

Shopping plays an important role in creating a wardrobe that becomes your own daily shopping boutique.  What you put in your wardrobe has the potential to contribute positively to your life everyday. What you buy will only add value and versatility to your wardrobe if you wear it.

These Five Questions to Take Shopping with You are Important

The next time you are thinking about buying clothing or accessories resist impulse buying by asking these these five questions:-

  1. WHERE DOES IT FIT?
    Think how an item fits into your lifestyle. You are not going to wear a dress that is quite formal if you don’t attend formal activities.

    The ‘just in case item’ will be a waste of money and take up valuable space in your wardrobe.
  2. HOW DOES IT FIT?
    This relates to your Personality Style and what colours, fabrics, textures, level of details and scale you like to wear. When you buy items outside of your personality preferences you may not feel comfortable and these become your ‘put on, take off’ items.

    Make sure you try the clothing on so that you can determine the LOOK & FEEL of the clothing.
    This is so important. Just liking or loving a piece of clothing does not mean you will enjoy wearing it.
  3. WHAT DOES IT GO WITH?
    This is an important question if you want to create mix and match outfits from your wardrobe. Having orphans in your wardrobe will be a waste of money and overcrowd the space.

    Before you walk out the shop with something think of at least three different outfits you could create with the intended purchase.
  4. WHERE CAN I WEAR IT?
    When you ask this you consider the clothing’s place in your life and relates to question 1. I always plan to wear a new purchase within two weeks of buying it and this means it doesn’t become the forgotten piece.

    Once you have enjoyed wearing something you increase your chances of wearing it again.
  5. DO I HAVE ANYTHING LIKE THIS ALREADY?
    Avoid ending up with multiple items of the one thing. Many years ago I discovered that I had about 30 pairs of black tights. For some unknown reason I kept buying them when they were on sale.

These five questions provide you with a shopping guideline for making purchases that will:-

  • add value to your wardrobe and not just take up space,
  • save you money because you will wear the clothes you buy,
  • potentially stop overcrowding in your wardrobe. If your wardrobe is overcrowded this makes it difficult to find things and you wont wear them.

REMEMBER THESE FIVE QUESTIONS TO TAKE SHOPPING WITH YOU

 

 

HOW TO BE CREATIVE WITH YOUR STYLE

How to be Creative with Your Style

HOW TO BE CREATIVE WITH YOUR STYLE

Loved this quote by Albert Einstein and how applicable it was to dressing and how to be creative with your style.

Every day we get dressed and create an outfit. If you are feeling that you are in a style slump and need some direction to give your outfit a lift then it is time to get creative. When I say this I am not talking about being flamboyant, wearing lots of colours or being way out there unless that is your Personality Style and within your comfort zone.

No matter what your Personality Style you can find a way to add your own individual edge to your outfits so that you have choices that add value and versatility to your wardrobe.

Some of you are probably saying ‘I am not creative.’ What I am talking about here is finding your own level of creativity that enables you to experiment and try something different to create outfits which are within your comfort zone.

When we wear the same outfits in the same way it can be mundane and boring and make us think that we need to go shopping to buy something different. I believe that if you look in your wardrobe with an open mind you will be able to put together outfit combinations you haven’t worn before. Taking the time to do this is worth it.

Here are some ways to start experimenting and add your own sense of creativity to getting dressed.

  1. Combine a top and bottom that you haven’t worn before.
  2. Create a focal point in your portrait area by adding a brooch, earrings, necklace or scarf.
  3. Combine 2 necklaces together. Even if you are a Classic Personality Style you can try wearing two chains of different lengths together to create a more creative classic look.
  4. Try combining different textures together. Even if you wear neutrals or outfits in one colour you can create interest by combining different textures.
  5. Experiment with wearing prints and patterns. Combine a patterned top (spots, stripes, florals with a plain bottom or vice versa). You can even combine two patterns together. Why not try putting a spotted scarf on with a striped top.

Have some fun trying new ways to wear your clothing and accessories that reflect your Personality Style.

Find more inspiration on HOW TO BE CREATIVE WITH YOUR STYLE

How to Combine Your Necklaces

How to Up Style Your Look

Mixing It Up With Prints and Patterns

 

 

What Does a Fitbit Have To Do With Style?

Anyone that knows me will tell you I am not a sporty person. I never thought I would ever write a post on a Fitbit but here it is……….

What Does a Fitbit have to Do with Style?

Let me tell you my fitbit story. (This is my story and not a paid promotion.)

What does a fitbit have to do with style?

The answer to this is lots more than I thought it would. It wasn’t until I finally purchased my fitbit that I realised the process I actually went through. Yes, I know fitbits are a functional item so what’s style got to do with it.

I have been looking for a fitbit for quite a while and couldn’t find one that I liked. Researching products is not a process I like to do. I’m not really into gadgets but liked the idea of knowing how much I was moving in a day. When I am sitting at my desk I can easily get lost down the rabbit hole and then realise I have not moved for hours. I saw the fitbit as a motivational tool to possibly get me moving and get back into an exercise routine.

Let’s look at my Personality Style to see what elements contributed to the fitbit I chose.

My Personality Style is a combination of:-

Relaxed Personality
Comfort factor is a high priority for me. I do not like feeling constrained in anyway. This meant that how the fit bit felt on my wrist was important. If something doesn’t feel right I will not buy it even if it fits and looks okay. I didn’t try many fitbits on because they were too chunky or sporty looking. (Yes, I know they are a sporty thing but I wanted my fitbit to not look too sportyish.)

Creative Personality
Being unique and looking different is an element of a Creative Personality. This meant that I don’t enjoy looking like everyone else. Colour also plays an important role in what I buy. I wanted a colour that I liked and I could team with whatever I wanted.

The fitbit alta ticked the following boxes for me:-

  • It had a thin band and actually looked like a bangle and felt comfortable on my wrist. My wrist did not feel like it was being choked.
  • It came in a range of colours that I liked, especially the plum and teal colours. This meant that I could have flexibility by changing the bands. At this stage I only have the plum colour but anticipate buying the teal band in the future.
  • I can make it look different by styling it with other bracelets.
  • It has the functions plus I few more that I wanted.

What does a Fitbit have to Do with Style?

It has to look and feel right by being part of your Personality Style. If it doesn’t you will probably not wear it. What works for someone else may not work for you. Make sure it feels right.

And here is my styled up fitbit.

Fitbit style

 

I am wearing and enjoying my fitbit and it is motivating me to be more active each day. These are my benefits so far:-

  • much more aware of how much activity I am having or not having.
  • moving away from my desk every 50 minutes so I am more active during the day.
  • have been motivated to go for afternoon walks because my number of steps hasn’t been high enough.
  • even been back to the gym.
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