The Wardrobe Architect - Defining a Core Style

This weeks Wardrobe Architect post from The Coletterie talks about defining a core style. 

Like last week, there is a worksheet to complete and the goal of this one is to

"uncover the styles that make you feel like yourself and attach words and images to them." 

I'm not always very good at this sort of "homework" but this was actually quite fun, and certainly quite revealing.

As the answers this week are quite short, I'll share them all here.

When you are wearing your favourite clothing, how do you feel (e.g. confident, sexy, poised, powerful, etc)?

Comfortable, at ease with myself, confident, attractive, stylish, individual.

When you're wearing something that is not quite right, how do you feel?  What are the feelings you want to avoid about the clothes you wear?

Feel: Frumpy, irritated, awkward, exposed, dumpy.

Want to avoid: mutton dressed as lamb, tarty.

Who do you consider to be your style icon?  What is it about them that appeals to you?

Audrey Hepburn.  Parisienne chic.  Simplicity, elegance, timelessness.

What are some words that describe styles you like in theory but are not quite you?

Floaty, frilly, girly.

Look over your answers from last week on history, philosophy, culture, community, activities, location and body.  List at least 15 words that you associate with your answers.  Think about descriptive words, moods, and feelings you associate with these things.

I couldn't manage 15, but:

Comfortable, simple, dark, muted, tailored, modest, pop of colour, clean, detail, classic, graphic, layers.

Are there other words you would like to add to this list?  What other words describe your core style?

No, that's it!

Look over the answers to all the questions above.  If you had to narrow your list to only 3 - 5 words to describe you, which words would you choose?

Comfortable, simple, modest.

There was a visual exercise this week as well, to collect 15-20 images that represent these 3 - 5 words for you.  Here are mine in the form of a collage.  You can also see them on my Pinterest board here.

I found this week really interesting, because I have never felt that I really have "a style".  I've always loved clothes, but to my mind at least, have been a bit haphazard in what I like.

Of course, this now means that I need a whole new wardrobe!

I can't wait to see what next weeks exercise is.


  1. I like your collage - you can Def see a clear style there!

    1. Yes, there's no doubt that there's a definite style there! What's slightly scary is that I don't actually have that much in my wardrobe that fits it!


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