5 Steps to building your dream wardrobe.

2. Be authentic:

5 Steps to building your dream wardrobe.

2. Be authentic: Forget conventional style typologies like “classic” or “bohemian” and create your own unique look

Style typologies and lists of “wardrobe essentials” are to style seekers what fad diets are to people who want to lose a few pounds: quick-fix, one-size-fits-all solutions that make you feel as if you are making progress for a while but ultimately won’t help you address the root of the problem.

When I was younger and still very unsure about my own style, I took these style typologies very seriously and thought if only I managed to curate every single piece recommended for my “type,” I would finally become the stylish and impeccably dressed woman I longed to be. Most quizzes put me in the “classic” category, and so I went on to stock my wardrobe with button-down shirts, ballet flats, and, of course, a trench coat. The first time I wore that trench coat, I felt like a little girl playing dress-up with her mother’s wardrobe, but I tried my best to ignore that feeling. I was following the advice of fashion experts after all; surely they knew what they were talking about, and I probably just had to get used to my chic new look.

And that’s the problem with style typologies, lists of “wardrobe essentials,” and really any fashion advice that tells you what to wear or put in your wardrobe: They present you with a neat little ready-made formula for style and thereby keep you from thinking things through for yourself and following your own creative impulses. They promote the idea that “style” can happen in only one of three to seven ways (depending on how many magazine pages need to be filled) and that dressing well is about how well you stick to those rules.

Fad diets, style typologies, and “wardrobe essentials” lists are popular for the same reason: they satisfy a demand for a quick solution and simplify what can feel like a daunting process down to a set of easy-to-follow rules that seem manageable.

Fad diets, style typologies, and “wardrobe essentials” lists are popular for the same reason: they satisfy a demand for a quick solution and simplify what can feel like a daunting process down to a set of easy-to-follow rules that seem manageable.

one-size-fits-all wardrobe. Following rules and blueprints is not going to help you cultivate a strong sense of style, because your personal style is just that: deeply personal. Sure, you may like a lot of the same colors, materials, or cuts as someone else, but the way you combine these into outfits, the pieces you choose for different occasions, and how you style your looks are all a reflection of your unique likes and dislikes and the influences that you have picked up over the years. one-size-fits-all wardrobe. Following rules and blueprints is not going to help you cultivate a strong sense of style, because your personal style is just that: deeply personal. Sure, you may like a lot of the same colors, materials, or cuts as someone else, but the way you combine these into outfits, the pieces you choose for different occasions, and how you style your looks are all a reflection of your unique likes and dislikes and the influences that you have picked up over the years.

True personal style is always custom-made, so building a cookie-cutter wardrobe makes little sense.

For example, I have a friend who always wears the most amazing flowy dresses paired with long necklaces and a hat. Based on that description, a run-of-the-mill style quiz would probably classify her as the “bohemian” type and recommend she stock her wardrobe with floral pieces, fringed bags, lots of patterns, and warm, bright colors. Her wardrobe in real life? Cool and monochromatic, full of understated accessories, and not a pattern in sight. Her style doesn’t fit into any of the traditional style types, and yet it’s completely cohesive. Each of her outfits represent her unique aesthetic perfectly. It’s impossible to describe her style in a few words, but that doesn’t really matter, because once you have found your personal style, it only needs to make sense to you.

Of course, when it comes to building a great wardrobe, personal style is only one part of the puzzle. How you implement that style (in other words, which exact pieces you include as part of your wardrobe) depends on many other factors, including your specific lifestyle, your body, your favorite fits and fabrics, your budget, and even your typical laundry routine. And all these are, again, things that are solely defined by your individual preferences, something to which no ready-made list of “wardrobe essentials” could possibly be tailored.

So, if you are reading this blog expecting a fail-proof wardrobe plan that you can replicate, I have to disappoint you. On no page of this blog will I tell you what to wear, which pieces to include in your wardrobe, or what kind of top to match with which kind of bottom. What I will do is show you how you can figure all these things out for yourself, how to discover your unique likes and dislikes, and how to combine everything into a functional personal style that’s authentic because it’s truly your own.

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