Step 1: Identify pieces I already own and love to wear. I tried to include a few pieces from each category: tops, bottoms, shoes, and dresses, along with reasons for why I like each item.
|Favorites from left to right: a) black cotton tank; b) denim jacket and navy shorts; c) striped maxi skirt and sandals; d) striped tee, jacket, and sandals; e) linen shirt, jeans, and sandals|
- black flowy cotton tank (old, similar): love the scoopneck, longer length, doesn't emphasize stomach, super soft, wish I had more tank tops
- classic denim jacket (new version): classic wash, cropped fit
- skinny stripe tee: classic color combo, close fit is good for tucking into skirts
- white linen button-down: thicker linen, not too sheer for white, flowy fit, not tight in shoulders/chest (I also loved my blue striped version, pictured above, which sadly ripped earlier this week)
- navy 3" chino short (similar): no muffin top, I especially like the way it looks now that the color is faded to be kind of navy/grey
- navy/grey striped maxi skirt (old): really comfortable, classic color scheme, warm enough for A/C, I always get complimented on it
- white skinny jeans: crisp clean look, no muffin top
- ivory thong sandals: minimalistic, goes with everything, reasonably comfortable
- navy/white striped dress (not pictured, similar): one of the few casual dresses I own, loose fit, simple
Step 2: Look for common themes from Step 1. What I like to wear during summer:
Fabrics: cotton, linen, denim
Brands: J.Crew, J.Crew Factory, Everlane
Colors: white, blue, navy, heather grey, stripes
Fit: doesn't emphasize stomach, comfortable, flowy, not tight
Miscellaneous: scoopneck, tank tops, neutrals, would like more casual dresses, simple/basic
Step 3: Identify pieces I own and never wear. There are very few pieces that I never wear, because I got rid of those when I moved, so instead I picked pieces I only wear sometimes and/or wear only when I run out of better options
- black ripped jeans (old): love for fall, but looks too dark for summer
- short skirts in general: they look nice, but too cold to wear in A/C, self-conscious about sitting/bending over
- printed cami dress (old, similar): top fits well but waistband too tight
- wish I had more casual dresses, I mostly own semi-formal dresses for weddings
Step 4: Look for common themes from Step 3. What I don't like to wear during summer:
Fit: too tight, too short, need to wear strapless bra
Miscellaneous: semi-formal dresses, uncomfortable shoes, heels, frou-frou
Step 5: How do I usually spend my time?
50% working at school
20% being active (gym, climbing gym, outdoors)
15% lounging at home
5% daytime out and about (mostly lumped into active, also not really a morning person)
10% evening out and about
Step 6: Upcoming special events and travel
No confirmed travel plans yet, maybe just a few short weekend trips
Need more sunwear for outdoors: sun (UPF) shirt, sun (UPF) leggings, wide-brim hat
Step 7: Identify the weather where you live.
June: low 80s to low 90s (feels hotter due to humidity), mostly sunny, occasional rain, humid
July: high 80s to high 90s (feels hotter due to humidity), mostly sunny, occasional rain, very humid
August: high 80s to high 90s (feels hotter due to humidity), mostly sunny, occasional rain, very humid
Step 8: Write a list of words or phrases that you associate with your style. Identify your favorite 3-6 words.
My style now: classic, simple, neutrals, stripes, casual, comfortable
What I want my style to be (the worksheet doesn't ask this): effortless, feminine tomboy (like Alterations Needed or Un-Fancy), Parisian chic
Favorite words: neutrals, comfortable, feminine tomboy, Parisian chic
I will post Part 2 soon, which covers brands that fit my style, my summer color palette, some uniform ideas, and a wardrobe shopping list.
Have you ever tried wardrobe planning? How would you describe your personal style?