Do you wake up in the morning and stare at your closet in frustration because you just don’t know what to wear?

Is shopping more of a chore than a fun sport (yes, it can be a sport!) because you don’t know what to buy?

Are you frustrated with the way you dress because you’re just not quite there?

This post is for all those ladies out there that don’t like their current personal style, want to change it, or don’t even know what it is.

Yes, your style can constantly change over time, but it doesn’t mean you have to stay frustrated about not getting where you want to be.

               (pictures via Pinterest)

First, here are some pros to defining your personal style:

-No more frustration looking at your closet every morning and thinking “I have nothing to wear” even though your closet is jam packed full of items. (Because really, you do have stuff to wear, but when women use that phrase they’re more saying, “I have nothing to wear that speaks to me today.”

-Shopping just got way easier. Instead of trying on a gazillion different things and going to a gazillion different stores you know the places you like to shop, you know what you like to buy, and you know what looks good on you.

-Once you figure out your style you will get rid of everything in your closet that doesn’t work. Not only will it be easier getting dressed in the morning, but you’ll feel a sense of calmness after purging knowing that you only have what works. It’s like when you deep clean your house and you feel cleaner and lighter.

(pictures via Pinterest)

So, let’s get started:

1. Get Inspired
My first tip for finding your personal style is to hit the Pinterest boards. Look at your “clothes” or “style” board and see what you’ve pinned. Chances are your closet might be a mess, but you’re only going to pin something to your board if it is something you like. So go ahead and take a look. Here are a couple screen shots of mine:

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**If you don’t have a Pinterest board grab a magazine and circle everything that catches your eyes. Don’t think about what you think you need to or should like or even try to match what’s already in your closet…just what catches your eye. No Pinterest or magazine? Google search “style icons” or “fashion” and save all the pictures you like.

Here are some sample style icons to gain inspiration from:
Edgy: Rihanna or Demi Lovato
Glam: Olivia Palermo
Bohemian: Vanessa Hudgens
Classic/Feminine: Lauren Conrad or Rachel Bilson
Street: Gigi Hadid
Chic: Miranda Kerr

So after looking at your clothing Pinterest boards, what do you see? What are the reoccurring patterns?

After you’ve taken a look and got a mental answer, write down 3-5 words that all of your pins have in common. It can be color, style, theme, whatever.

For me, I came up with: black, white, brown, chic, neutrals

Try to come up with 1-2 sentences explaining what you see. ___________________

Here’s mine: I pin a lot of neutral colors that are either chic or girly. I don’t have a lot of color, but the color I do have is a soft pink.

Does thinking of 5 words or a sentence sound like a lot? Then just try to pull one word out of what describes you: bohemian, edgy, hipster, professional, modern, classic…? If you don’t think any of them do, just starting searching one and see if you like what pops up.

On to the next step.

  (pictures via Pinterest)

2. Draw Inspiration from Your Closet
Now go in your closet and put on the item or outfit that you love the most. It’s probably your go-to, the one you always reach for, or the one you feel most comfortable it.

Does this item you’re wearing match all the words you picked out in step #1?

3. Survey your Closet
This kind of goes along with step #2, but now that you know the outfit you wear the most, look to see if you have an excess amount of one item. For instance, I probably have 6 striped shirts. Do you have a ton of button downs, band tees, flowy dresses, or something  in bright, neon colors?

4. Purge the closet
Now that you know what you like and what you feel good in, it’s time to take out all those pieces in your closet that hinders that. Maybe you’d love to dress more bohemian but your closet is full of buttons downs, or you’d love to embrace your simple side, but your closet is packed with “loud” pieces. So if you’re not trying to branch out, get rid of those things that don’t match up with your style words you chose for yourself.

5. Shop
Here is the the fun part! Now that you know your style (or at least what you want it to be) and purged your closet, it’s time to fill it up with good, quality pieces that reflect who you are or who you want to be. Okay, so imagine you won a gift card to shop and put together your dream outfit…where would you go to do that? Whatever popped into your head right away should be where you start first, seeing as it’s probably your favorite place.

Did these 5 tips help you get a step closer to feeling more confident in what you wear? By sticking to your true personal style, you’re going to feel the most comfortable and confidence will exude naturally!

Sometimes you don’t fit in a clothing “box” and that’s okay. Style is meant to be fun so mix and match until you find what you’re most comfortable in. Maybe you’re an edgy bohemian princess? Casual professional?It doesn’t mean you can only wear what’s on your list. If you find something and you like it, then go ahead and wear it.hipster preppy

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Here’s to a simpler closet but a better wardrobe!

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3 Comments

  1. Renee

    January 23, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Wow this is so helpful! I’m going to go step by step and do this! I’ve been trying to figure out my personal style for awhile.

    1. carolynarentson@gmail.com

      January 23, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      I’m glad it helped! I was thinking of you specifically when I wrote this. Let me know what you come up with!

  2. Sam Brown Personal Style

    April 13, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Wow! Great outfit. I like your pants. If you guys are ever in NYC look up Sam Brown. She’s the queen of #SLAY!

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