Sunday, January 26, 2014

Wardrobe Architect: Defining A Core Style

The Wardrobe Architect
If you want to choose your clothing with more thought and care, follow along with Coletterie and their series.  This is week two.

When you are wearing your favorite clothing how do you feel?
Purposeful, classy, unique

When you're wearing something that is not quite right, how do you feel?  What are the feelings you want to avoid about the clothes you wear?
Fat, slobby, hobbit. (You know that part in the movie Juno where Juno points out Paulie Bleaker's mother looks like a hobbit?  As a short person with some heft, that line struck fear into my heart.)

Who do you consider to be your style icons?  What is it about them that appeals to you?
(This was a hard question as I don't really think about "style icons")
Audrey Hepburn--clean lines, always looked classy
Michelle Obama--not a small woman and likes bold things
Drew Barrymore--whimsical and sophisticated

What are some words that describe styles that you like in theory, but are not quite you?
Elegant--I've got too many real things I have to do in clothing, so it has to be sturdy.
Boho--makes me feel sloppy, also like a two-ton-tilly
Fashion Forward--I have no time to keep up with that stuff.  Also the money.  And the fact fashion isn't really made for people of my shape.

Look over your answers from last week on history, philosophy, culture, community, activities, location and body. Last at least 15 words that you associate with your answers.  Think about descriptive words, moods, and feelings you associate with those feelings.
Classic, clean, strong, feminist, feminine, dressed up, comfortable, WASP, thrifter, laid-back, accessible, walkable, flirty, rain-proof, fit, structured.

Are there other words you would like to add to this list?  What other words describe your core style?
Colorful, practical, well-made, long-lasting

Look over the answers to all of the questions above.  If you had to narrow your list to only 3-5 words to describe you, which words would you choose?
practical, classic, walkable, comfortable, structured.

Collect 15-20 images that represent these 3-5 words for you.
I made a Pinterist board.  It was a difficult exercise because I wanted to pin images of women who look like me and had trouble finding them.  But I did it and you can see the results by clicking here.


  1. I still haven't started doing this, but I like these questions even better than the last ones. I also really enjoy your honest, personal answers. I'm looking forward to seeing where this takes you!

  2. I plan to get on this, too. I have kept all of the posts in my reader. NEED to...