Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Curated Closet – Part 5 (Style Profile)

This exercise was probably one of the hardest ones. When was the last time you created a resume or cover letter from scratch? If you do it regularly it becomes easier, but when you’re out of practice it’s extremely tough. This exercise was like creating a resume for my personal style, and it was like pulling teeth. Who would have thought trying to pin down your personal style would feel this difficult?

What’s the best name for your personal style?

Women’s Classics Borrowed From The Boys.

In one or two sentences, what is the overall idea behind your style?

A blending of slim cut skirts and dresses with items that find their roots in menswear – jeans, dress pants, button up shirts, blazers, trench coats, and breton stripes. Emphasis on tailoring over accessories.

What does a typical outfit look like for this style?

  • Oxford shirt tucked into jeans or skirts with heels
  • V-neck t-shirts or breton stripes worn with jeans and flats, topped by a blazer or trench.
  • Fisherman’s sweater with slim-straight trousers and heels

What does this style say about its wearer? What three qualities does it convey?

  • Polish
  • Confidence
  • Ease

What are the key pieces of this style?

  • Tailored blazers that nip in at the waist
  • Long sleeved button down shirts
  • Slim or straight cut pants
  • 3″ leather pumps

What are the dominant colours?

  • White
  • Olive
  • Taupe
  • Navy

My colour choices may be reflecting the fact that we’re in spring heading towards summer right now. I expect black, cognac and burgundy to make a larger appearance come fall.

Which silhouettes, cuts and fits are a part of this style?

All clothes must be reasonably fitted through the waist and hip to prevent bunching and excess billowing. Pants and skirts should be either mid or high rise to allow room to tuck in tops. Most outerwear should hit above the knee so they can be worn with flats without looking dowdy. Collars encouraged to draw the eye upwards and out. No narrow crewnecks ever!

What types of materials and fabrics work well with this style?

Silk blouses during the summer. Thick wool and cashmere sweaters during the winter. Cotton and denim with structure and minimal stretch year round. Canvas bags during the summer. Leather year round, though more so in the winter.

What does the styling look like? Think accessories, specific styling techniques, and hair and makeup.

Tucked in shirts with rolled sleeves and top buttons undone. Pearl or diamond studs. Classic watches skewing more to the feminine side.

6 Responses to “Curated Closet – Part 5 (Style Profile)”

  1. SarahN says:

    This posit really spoke to my style too – not the colours, but the items and styling. Though I did have to google a fisherman’s jumper!

  2. Mica says:

    I really need to look into this book! While it might have been difficult to do, having your style all laid out like this after doing all the exercises must make shopping much easier – you’ll know exactly what you want to add and not get caught up with bargains or trying new styles or silhouettes.

    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • The Minuteglass says:

      It’s really helped cut down on being swayed by things I don’t need! I find the siren call of the sale rack a lot less enticing, and I don’t get drawn in by slick window dressing as much. I still like to browse, but I can appreciate items for their beauty without feeling compelled to add them to my personal collection.

  3. Laura says:

    I’m really enjoying this series – I have the book myself and wanted to start making my way through the exercises, so it’s great to see someone else work through the book. While it looks like a lot of work, it also looks like it’s really helping to focus and refine your style!

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I'm a petite hourglass, slow adopter, food geek, Engineer, wife and mom. Welcome to the little corner of the internet where I ramble on about random things. Mostly clothes.