Put in the work
5. Put in the work:
Invest time and thought into developing your style and selecting the perfect garments
Many people have the misconception that a great sense of style is one of these things you either have or don’t have. They imagine that people who are well dressed simply get up in the morning and, through some act of divine inspiration, come up with a perfectly original and brilliant new outfit idea.
On the other end of the spectrum, there are the people who believe the exact opposite: they think of clothes and fashion as simple, almost trivial, and something they should be able to master without too much effort. But when things then turn out be a little trickier than expected, they feel as though they’ve failed, and their wardrobes become huge sources of stress and frustration for them.
So who is right? Neither, because styling is a skill like any other. And that means anyone can learn it and you don’t have to be born with a natural talent for it. But you also cannot expect to be great at styling without putting in any effort at all.
natural talent for it. But you also cannot expect to be great at styling without putting in any effort at all.
It takes time to train your eye, experiment with different aesthetics, and develop a sense of style that feels natural and effortless to you. It takes time to figure out which types of pieces work best for your lifestyle and to curate a versatile wardrobe. And it takes time to then learn how to best utilize those pieces to create outfits that you love.
The bottom line is that if you want great style and a wardrobe that reflects it, you need to put in the work. But the good news is that, no matter what your wardrobe looks like right now, you can get it back in shape and even have fun doing so. You can cultivate a strong personal style, even if right now you have no idea what that could possibly look like. All it takes is a little time, a little effort, and the right techniques.