How is your Wardrobe Minimization coming along Foxy?? I've been hearing some great stories from clients all over the world who dove into Step 1 - Discover Your Unique Style Code and are already having success with eliminating the noise in their wardrobes! If you missed it, catch up here.
Trying to 'keep up with the Joneses' has sent the western world into a spiral of consumerism and wastage. But the environmental effect is not the only serious issue born from our Fast Fashion Society - the personal damage is also significant. The habit of comparing ourselves to others and falling short - the feeling of 'not being good enough' because we don't look even slightly close to the standards set for women by mainstream fashion advertising - this is where it gets personal.
The thing is - there is nothing 'wrong' with you, or your friends, or any other woman in the world - but there is A LOT wrong with the messages we are being fed. We have a choice however to not listen anymore. We can take our personal power back and choose only to suit ourselves.
Now we get into the nitty-gritty of it!
Your perfectly unique body shape.
Every woman has a different body shape from the next, so we can only learn so much from the theories of 'Dressing for Your Body Shape'. However, it is a great place to start when trying to understand why some clothes in the shops never fit right!
If you are not sure what body shape you are and the effects of how clothes fit you, please download our Body Shape Guide from our free resources hidden here.
FYI. This has absolutely nothing to do with what size you are! This applies to a size 18 as relevant as it applies to a size 4. At Fox Park we promote Body Shape theory to take the torture out of shopping - because we need to identify how THE CLOTHES are the problem, not the shape of the woman trying them on.
The best kept secret tip to styling.
Understanding your body shape gives you the power to utilise the best kept secret in fashion styling - and always feel good in what you are wearing! Now this tip is the theory behind all body shape theories and if you can master it - you will never struggle with deciding if something looks right on you.
It is ALL about creating a visual illusion using Balance and Proportion!
Creating balance and proportion.
You can wear whatever silhouette of outfit you want - in fact I encourage clients to totally break the 'rules' and wear whatever style they like if it truly expresses who they are.
However, when it comes to shopping and looking for your size in store - the reason some things may not 'look or fit right' comes down to whether it aligns or alters the balance or proportion of your body shape.
This applies to all basic visual elements (because when wearing clothes we are creating a visual illusion of our shape):
As easy as that hey?! You can find out about this - and more Tips and Tricks for Styling in our free guide here.
Choose the silhouettes for your unique style.
So now we have some of the more detailed theories behind us, let's get to the most important bit - selecting your preferred silhouettes for your wardrobe.
This is where we think of our garments in silhouettes - you know, like those cool shadow drawings we used to make when we were kids!! Or even better, like those awesome paper dolls with the clothes that had the cute little tabs to fold over the cardboard doll - heavenly. 💖💖💖
So using either one of the body shape drawings from the downloadable guide, or simply by looking at all of your clothes you have or want to have, you need to choose (no more than) the Top 3 silhouettes that you will build your capsule wardrobe around.
The importance of doing this is for the following reasons:
How to do actually do this!
The best way for me to show you how to do this, is to show you how to this!! Heehee - a demonstration through a case study. And who better to do it on than ME - a body and personal style I know inside out. 😜
For me it is all about the 50's and Christian Dior - I swoon over a feminine dress! Unbeknownst to many though is Dior did not just bring back the traditional hourglass silhouette - he also brought back the trapeze coat which was revived most significantly in the 60's with the swing dress by many other designers. You can check out fashion inspiration from various decades on my Pinterest page.
4. Pick the silhouettes that you like the most!!
My two key silhouettes are the hourglass and the trapeze. Now I don't need to only select dresses that fit into these two shapes - I can make an hourglass with a top and a skirt or loose-fit shorts - or even a cropped jacket and wide leg pant. And I can make a trapeze with a coat and straight leg pants, or a swing top and shorts - but the overall silhouette is still achieved.
5. Build a silhouette 'mood' board.
You can use clippings from magazines - or do it the easy way and build one on Pinterest! There are many photos already on Pinterest that may provide some inspiration as you discover the silhouettes that suit your body shape and your unique personal style! You can check out my Boards here for some ideas.
Coming up next week in our Wardrobe Minimalist series is Step 3 - Choose your base and highlight colors or patterns. Make sure you have subscribed to our newsletter so you don't miss out!
For those who know me well - I LOVE COLOR!!! There is not a lot of black or grey in my wardrobe! But don't worry if you do prefer monochromatic shades, we will look at discovering what suits your natural coloring and how to bring more of your unique style into your wardrobe through whatever colors and patterns you love!
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