A little over a year ago, I had to acknowledge that I’d fallen into a deep style rut. The wardrobe of simple neutral pieces I’d created over the years just felt drab and stale. And I felt as though the fun-loving, quirky part of my personality wasn’t being expressed in my style. I knew I wanted to wear more color and pattern, but was often intimidated by it.
A Style Update
I needed an objective eye, and some parameters to help me refine what I’d been unable to quantify and put into practice on my own. Last summer when we were in London, I had a color and style consultation with the lovely women at Red Leopard. I’m not exaggerating when I say it was absolutely life-changing! (And if you’re interested, they’re doing online consultations now. Click HERE for more info.)
Since then, I’ve done a lot of experimenting. Some things worked, some didn’t. It’s taken a while to regain my style footing, as I knew it might. But what’s ultimately worked has been that combination of having a color and style “guidebook” along with trusting the feeling of YES! when something hits the mark, and leaning into that feeling.
We all process information differently, and that’s as true for developing or evolving personal style as any other endeavor. While some people know instinctively what works for them or doesn’t, I find that being able to quantify WHY something works to replicate good results is key.
Personal style is a way to put our best selves forward. We don’t stay the same all our lives; we change and grow, and our priorities shift. And our style should reflect and express that. So don’t be afraid to shake things up periodically and update your style. You may discover pieces of yourself that have been kept hidden and are ready to come out and play.
Have you done a style update recently? What prompted it?