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.
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.”
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.