In PART 1, we talked about dissecting the pieces of yourself you want to express. Using the assessment example I filled out, I pulled photos of my favorite style icons, some of my favorite bands/music artists, and a few fashion photos I felt expressed a combination of the words I used to describe myself.
Lifestyle – Be careful that you keep your lifestyle in mind when picking your desired “looks”. As a Metro Denver area resident, it would be kinda silly for me to only pick mini sundresses and sandals. Our very cold winters call for boots and beautiful coats, just like our moderate summers call for looks that embrace the sunshine.
When I go out with my friends I like to feel sexy and wickedly whimsical. When I’m working, at my day job or during a photoshoot, I need to look polished and feel comfortable, but I don’t like to sacrifice my originality and kookiness to feel professional. My mood board should definitely reflect that.
Begin by curating a handful of photos of your favorite style icons and music acts. Style icons and performers are able to publicly and visually represent the lifestyles we want to express so its important to have this kind of “map” when you’re developing your own style. Choose icons and music that help you visualize the personality string of words we worked on in Part 1. It also makes the process that much easier and the end result more unique, when you have more than one icon to guide you.
The icons I chose we’re Lou Doillon, Jane Birkin, Emily Haines, Blair Waldorf, Bianca Jagger, Janelle Monae, Debbie Harry, and Solange Knowles. Each of them present a strong visual image that allow me to choose specific elements I want to incorporate into MY look.
After choosing your icons, search for photos of other models and outfits that you think also match the words you used in your personality string of words. Once you have this collection, make them into a collage like the one below to create a blueprint for your closet.My Personality (A String of Words/Phrases) – fun-loving, introverted, girly, rock and roll, intelligent, headstrong, stubborn, laid back, unapologetic, unique, eccentric, funny, peculiar, detail-oriented, silly, youthful, creative, artistic, determined, scatter-brained, neurotic, cultured, friendly, bookworm, elegant, down-to-earth, curious, go-getter, eclectic, ambitious, dramatic, sensitive, playful, crazy, independent, current, hip, determined, engaging