I don’t mean wearing a grey T shirt every single day like Mark Zuckerberg! But do you feel you have a personal style that informs your clothes purchases? A signature style that underlines your personality?
A few years ago a friend commented on my new watch, saying ‘It’s very you.’ I was thrilled somebody felt I had an identifiable style, whether she liked it or not!
How to find your signature style
1. Having a signature style doesn’t necessarily mean not having many clothes. But I do think it’s easier to discover when you have less. It becomes obvious which styles, colours and fabrics you prefer, and you don’t go off piste as often with an impulse buy.
2. You could start by taking the items you wear most out of your wardrobe and noting what you like about them. How would you describe the styles you are drawn to? Classic, casual, funky, glamorous, vintage and so on.
3. It’s amazing how much we do habitually and unconsciously. Taking an objective look might result in some ‘Aha’ moments and identify gaps in your wardrobe. If you want to be very systematic about this there’s a book called The Curated Closet that provides a detailed process to work through.
4. Are there any well-known people whose style you admire? Examine what you like about it, and whether you can adapt it to suit yourself. (Rather than ‘replikating’ it as some young women do the outfits worn by the Duchess of Cambridge!)
Advantages of having a signature style
It’s much easier and less stressful when you don’t have a large range of styles to choose from every morning. (The reason Mark Zuckerberg gives for his ubiquitous grey T shirt).
Better purchases. You will be much more focused on what suits you and what you need in your wardrobe. No longer will you pick up random things that appeal to you at the time and then find they don’t really fit together. Your shopping will be about finding the right kind of white shirt, or trousers that go with all your tops.
So you will also save money. (You could also make some money by selling the garments that don’t make the grade. You won’t make anywhere near what you paid for them, sadly, but it could fund a new purchase or two).
You can forget about what you’re wearing, whether it looks right, tugging hemlines up or down, retucking etc, and put all your energy into living your life.
As a confirmed declutterer and owner of a minimalist wardrobe I naturally like the idea of a signature style. Do you, or does it seem far too limiting and boring?