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March 28, 2018

Fashion and Function: Designing Your Wardrobe [Part 3]

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Hi friends! Welcome back to the third post of our series talking about designing a wardrobe that you’ll love for years to come. If you missed the previous posts, you can find the first post here and the second post here.

Today, I want to talk about the process of how to dress for your style and how to find clothes that truly work with your body type. In my humble opinion, there’s nothing better than finding an article of clothing that truly fits you. I recently made a dress purchase that, in theory, should have worked. On paper, I was the perfect measurements for a specific size, but when I tried it on it just didn’t work. Always resourceful, I thought maybe I could adjust, tuck, sew, or pin something to make it work. And then I stopped myself. I paid money for this dress and if it doesn’t fit I shouldn’t keep it. So back through the mail it went. Moral of the story: if you have to ‘make it work’ don’t you dare keep it. Especially if you paid more than $5 for an item! 

I think we all have items in our wardrobe that we keep out of laziness or apathy. Try to kick that habit if you can. If you try something on in the dressing room don’t buy it just because it’s on sale. If it doesn’t work or you don’t LOVE it, put it back on the rack. $39.99 is not a magic price – you can resist the urge to buy if you don’t need it or don’t truly love it.

So when it comes to finding pieces you truly love, it’s all about knowing your style, knowing your body type and what makes you feel the best. Clothes have a weird way of making us feel more confident so long as they actually work for you. So how do you figure out your style? Of course, there are the ever-popular internet quizzes which actually are pretty accurate when determining your style. I did this one from Visual Therapy and this one from Hush and both turned out pretty accurate – Modern Chic and Urban for me. You can also scroll through your Pinterest boards, eclectic websites like Nordstrom or Shopbop and take note of what you gravitate toward.

Once you know your style, use colors, patterns, and silhouettes as a guide to finding the perfect pieces. The key is to not get caught up in feeling like you need to break out of your style comfort zone – that’s where we get in trouble. I’ve done it before! I’ll buy a bright pink shirt instead of the forest green I was eyeing because I thought I needed some variety in my wardrobe. Well, guess what? I never touched the pink shirt and went back for the green one.

Wear what works for you and always, always try things on! Especially for my petite girls out there! Arm holes, strap lengths, hemlines are all danger zones no matter how many time you check the measurements online.

Next week I’ll walk through how to find brands and pieces that will stand the test of time and wear. See you soon!

~ Emily ~

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  1. March 28, 2018

    These are good tips. Using colors, and textures to figure out your style is essential.