Starting the process of going through my wardrobe and refining my style
I recently photographed all the tops in my closet, to finally take a hard look at my wardrobe. I wanted to take the opportunity before moving to pare down my closet and reflect on my personal style. Since other people’s posts have inspired me get started, I figured I’d share my process too!
[Wardrobe – Tops](https://imgur.com/a/dxwBLTt)
Based on advice from lurking this sub for a while, I bought a selfie stick tripod with a remote, and put on each and every top so I could look at the fit and style. It went relatively quickly (but still tiring– bottoms and dresses will have to wait for phase 2!).
Grouping by type helped me to realize how often I keep items that are worn out, don’t fit right, or that I never wear. It also helped me spot items that have a completely different “vibe” from the rest. I still have quite a few question marks to decide on, so I may try the “use it or lose it” challenge for those next. I’m trying not to rush out to fill the gaps in my wardrobe now, and end up with more mis-matchy things.
I feel like I have a solid base, but my look is lacking individuality and punch. I’d love to hear any tips for moving beyond this stage and exploring more. *Any patterns/themes I’m not seeing in my wardrobe? Suggestions for kicking it up a notch? What “clicked” for you when defining your own style?*
**1) Be more intentional with my style**
* I plan to use an app so I remember what I own and what style I’m going for (testing ClosetSpace and YourCloset on android). I tend to get distracted by sales and things that are “interesting”, but not necessarily flattering or workable as an outfit.
* I’m paying more attention to what I like, in person and online– I just started pinning ideas to a [fashion board!](https://www.pinterest.com/modernizzy/fashion-inspiration/)
* I’d like to articulate my overall aesthetic to keep me focused. (Someone posted a “librarian space witch” album a while back, and I love the specificity of that so much!)
**2) Be more open to trying things**
I feel like I am super picky, and so I’m just left with whatever’s most neutral/non-risky for me (jeans and yet another basic blouse). I’m trying to challenge my own assumptions about fashion – which things are truly “not me” vs. me being afraid to branch out? Perhaps I’ll get creative with my accessories as a start.
* No button-down shirts, polos, turtlenecks, cowl necks, strapless/off-the-shoulder, vests, ripped jeans, hats, belts …
* I generally avoid white, red, yellow, orange, any bright colors, plaid, florals, fringe, etc.
**3) Build confidence in my choices**
I’m generally comfortable with myself and my body, but am still not confident about “owning” what I’m wearing. I often worry that something looks stupid (hats), that I’m overdressed (blazers), or that I’m being too flashy (whatever that means). I’m sure it’s partly that I’m unsure of my style right now, but I do want to push myself to go for it and just have fun!
Hope this was helpful for others going through a similar process. Thanks for reading and any input you have!