This year I want you to feel free to use whatever you want, and I say it in the best way. The styling rules help us to show a desired look, but not because a famous stylist or a celebrity dictates these rules we are obliged to follow them. Why limit ourselves?
So I propose my new personal styling rules, which I have been putting into practice this year to have a more defined style, and feel more “Me”.
More quality, less quantity
The more experienced I become, the more I feel it is worth investing in higher quality clothes that will last for several years and look thinner or more expensive. In the past I used to opt for volume, not to look the same any day; Now I opt for less clothes, but they are in better condition for longer, and make me look more refined and classy. To combat the feeling of “I always use the same”, I try to combine my closet with each other, looking for an outfit that I have not put before with another.
No more clothes in poor condition
Perceived clothing, with signs of abuse or intense wear makes you look less aligned, no more casual, a very popular misunderstanding. If something is in bad condition let it go, you can donate it if it still serves someone else, or take it to recycle to H&M and they will give you 15% discount on your next purchase.
70% vs 30%
Focus on 70% of your closet being functional, and only 30% being statement garments. This is the formula for success, you ensure that most of your clothes serve you, are useful to you every day, and that you have less clothes than those that are to add a different touch to your looks, which you will surely use less, to go out or special occasions.
Buy clothes, accessories and shoes thinking first about your true lifestyle. If you usually walk instead of using a car, look for your closet to have more comfortable shoes than harder shoes; If you usually spend all day sitting in the office, look for comfortable waist clothes, instead of super tight clothes. Comfort does not necessarily mean a loss of style, you have to know in what situations it is worth opting for functional garments, and when we can afford to walk in super uncomfortable clothes with which we look divine.
Document to repeat
Taking pictures of the outfits that you are putting together and you love them is a great idea, to get to know you better and to always remember your coolest combinations. There are days when by magic, my head finds a new way to combine that blouse that I have worn 800 times, so I take a picture to not forget it, and avoid next time falling into my most applied formula. So I know more my own style!