In Part 1, we collected inspiration and organised this inspo into mood boards. So with any luck you should have a better idea on what your ideal style looks like. At this point however, I’m sure you still feel a little overwhelmed (totally normal) and unsure about how to take those pins and turn them into an actual style suited to you.
Part 2 my friend, is where the magic begins. We’re going to dissect each board, starting with the season ahead (not the season you’re currently in). If you created separate ‘detail‘ boards like I suggested, then you’re going to work through one board at a time. If you organised all your pins under the one main board, that’s perfectly fine. This step might just take a little longer to work through. To make things easier, I’ll use the same boards I referenced in Part 1 –
1. Open First Board (eg. A/W Outfit Inspo)
First, grab a pen and piece of paper. Now, jot down all the different but re-occurring clothing styles that appear in this board. Remember to include tops, bottoms, outerwear, even underwear if it’s a regular occurrence. For me, these include (see below) – blazers, midi skirts, t-shirts, bootcut trousers and shirts.
2. Open Second Board (eg. A/W Make-Up Inspo)
As above, though this time jot down all the different but re-occurring make-up looks or techniques that appear in this board. For me, these include (see below) – red lips, cat eyes, stained lips, strong brows and no contouring.
3. Open Remaining Boards (eg. A/W Colour Schemes And So On …)
Work through each ‘detail‘ board (for that season) and make a note on the similarities that continue to pop up. By this point, you should see a pattern starting to develop. This is your defined personal style starting to take shape. This is the style you’re drawn too, the style that inspires you and the style you’re going to make yours!
4. Grab A Cuppa
Now, you’re going to take this list and work out a plan of attack to achieve your ideal style. We can now see –
- The clothes you want/ need for the next season
- The hair and make-up looks you need to start practicing (hello YouTube!)
- The accessories you want/ need to create this style
- The colours you should stock up on
- How to style said clothes & accessories by tucking shirts, rolling sleeves etc. to create the look you like
5. Write Shopping List/ Plan Ahead
I’m a huge fan of a quick wardrobe edit at the start of each season. I do this for 2 reasons – to remind myself of the items I already own and to work out which items I might be missing. The items I’m missing make their way on my shopping list, or ‘wishlist’ if I consider it more of an investment. A good shopping list should include things that won’t break the bank, items that don’t have the same level of nail-biting anxiety that an investment item does. And while we are on the topic of shopping lists, I want to share my 2 cents – I’ve written a stack of shopping lists over the years and from my experience, there is definitely a right and wrong way to use one. A shopping list does not give you permission to hit the shops, max your credit card and walk away feeling guilt free. In fact, I strongly suggest you don’t do this. A shopping list should last years. It should be constantly edited & tweaked and each time you find that perfect item, only then should you tick it off the list. If you settle for something half-arsed, you can bet your bottom dollar that it will inevitably make it’s way back onto your list within the next 12 months.