If you haven’t yet, please read Part 1 of my posts on how to identify your own individual style. The previous post covers finding out what already works for you and what doesn’t.
With your notes you made after the first post, you may have an idea of what styles to avoid. You may also have identified particular colours or fabrics that you tend to be drawn to.
Now, you need to collect this information visually so that you have something to reference whilst exploring your style more…
Pinterest is essentially an online scrapbook or mind mapping tool. It’s super quick and easy to use. And it’s free!
Now, remember the Items I Love and Items I Ignore lists from Part 1? We’re going to create two boards, one for each of these lists, on Pinterest. For information on how to use the site, Pinterest have it all covered here.
My boards are titled “Good Wardrobe” and “Bad Wardrobe”. I’ve made these private, but it’s up to you whether you leave yours public or not. Start with your bad wardrobe first. It can be easy to get swept up in all the wonderful things you’ll find for the Good Wardrobe board – and you might forget to list the garments/features that don’t work.
The Bad Wardrobe
I’ll use a garment from my Bad Wardrobe as an example. This item was on my Items I Ignore list (and has just been sent to the charity shop).
The white collarless tunic.
After analysing my wardrobe and scrutinising my reflection when wearing these, I realised that the reasons I’m not comfortable wearing them are as follows:
1. The collar doesn’t suit my short neck. I look strangled.
2. Tunics hang unflatteringly from my large bust. I look boxy.3. The fabric was very sheer. It was meant to be lightweight and breezy for summer weather, but this means that my bra was on show or I would have to wear a camisole/vest underneath.
So by pinning this on my Bad Wardrobe, I know I’m not going to try to sew a tunic like this because the style doesn’t suit me. I also know that I prefer open, wide necklines and that sheer fabric is not my thing.
Continue finding examples of the items on your bad wardrobe. Change the caption on the Pin to explain why you don’t like to wear that particular shape/cut/colour etc. It will reveal more than you think.
The Good Wardrobe
Once you’ve finished listing your bad garments/features, you can move onto the Good Wardrobe board. Don’t expect to get this list done in one go – you’re probably going to get distracted by lots of stuff that inspires you. If something catches your eye, explore it. After you’ve adding a few pins, you may see trends emerging. You might find that you’re drawn to pins with certain colours. Great, pin them.
This jumper happens to be great on me for the following reasons:
1. Knit isn’t too bulky so I don’t look bigger.
2. Knit stretches over my wide bits and skims over my middle, meaning I don’t look boxy or huge.
3. Wide neckline flatters my short neck. The bow is a nice distraction too.
4. 3/4 length sleeves mean that my limbs look slightly longer, which is always good for people my height.
So I know that this length of sleeve, this type of neckline and fine knits are good for my style.
Slowly, but surely, you’re building up a picture of what you genuinely like and what will become your own personal style.
Feel free to make additional boards for colour, embellishments and anything else that you love.
Most importantly… relax! This is the fun part. Make yourself a cuppa and lose a few hours down the rabbit hole.
In Part 3 of Meet Your Maker, I’ll explain how to bring together elements you love into a unique design, and how to combine commercial patterns to create your garment.
Have you been following the posts? What have you discovered so far? I found out that bright purple and turquoise items make me feel fab!