For todays Style Wise convo, we are answering a question we were asked about how to transition your wardrobe. We had so much fun chatting about this topic, because it’s actually a process we’re currently going through. Here’s what we talked about 🙂
J| Before reading the book Capture Your Style by Aimee Song, I felt that I needed permission to transition my style. We’ve talked a ton about how we’ve felt like we’re a bit much for the Midwest when it comes to how we dress. I’ve always wanted to dress like I live in NYC and this book was the final straw that helped me realize I don’t need permission to do that. That’s the first thing I want to address is that no one needs permission from anyone to transition their style. If you feel that your current wardrobe doesn’t reflect you, that’s permission enough to change it!
L| If you’re in a spot where you feel like you do need permission though, this is us giving that to you!
J| Another thing we’ve talked about before is how it is easy to stick yourself in one box or realm of style. Our whole message has been that style evolves and changes and that’s okay!
L| Yeah, that’s one thing to remember when you’re transitioning your style. That your style will always be changing so as you’re transitioning your current wardrobe just remember you don’t need to box yourself into one style. You can be chic but also love a casual look. You don’t have to say I’m only into this style and that’s all I’m going to own and wear, unless you want to!
L| This might seem slightly off topic, but I was watching a YouTube video yesterday by Niki DeMar here. She has bright blue hair and was doing a “social experiment” to see how differently people treat her when she has normal brown hair vs. her blue hair. She went to the drive through and through the mall with both colors of hair and came to a realization. People didn’t treat her much differently, it was all her perception. I think that’s what we’ve been trying to explain and get over ourselves. A lot of the judgement we’ve felt about our style was mostly in our heads. We create the mindset that people are judging us when they really aren’t.
J| That’s so awesome! I feel like that’s the direction we’re headed as well realizing that a lot of what we believe was all perceptions. Obviously not everyone is going to love what we’re wearing, but if we stop allowing that to be the main focus we can feel more confident. I definitely think that’s important to remember as you transition your style too. If you want to try something but are afraid to because of what others think, that’s mostly what you perceive others to think. It’s not what they actually think!
The 5 Tips to Transition Your Style
- Find Your Vibe – Start with creating a Pinterest board and gather inspiration for what you want to try and finding your personal style. You can follow us on Pinterest to get started if you’re unsure of what styles you want to go for. Also find people you’re inspired by style wise 😉 Figure out what inspires you most about their wardrobe.
- Shop Smart – Once you’ve created your Pinterest board go to the store and start trying things on to see what you like best. Even noting the kinds of fabric you feel most comfortable in. Also the clearance section can be your best friend! You don’t have to spend a ton of money to transition your style.
- Love it or Leave it – If you don’t love it, don’t buy it! It’s easy to buy things you just like when you start this process because it’s hard to be patient. But word from the wise, you have to love it or you shouldn’t buy it.
- Embrace the Transition – Allow yourself to transition slowly, there’s really no rush. Don’t just immediately throw away everything you own and start from scratch. You’ll be amazed that some of the pieces you already have fit your new style, you just haven’t figured out how to pair them yet!
- Break All of Your Current Style Rules – We’ve been learning that every rule we thought there was when it comes to style is meant to be broken. When it comes to your personal style, there are no rules! All those things you thought didn’t go together, they can! All those clothes you thought you shouldn’t wear based on your body type, forget it! You don’t have to be a certain shape or size to rock something you love.
Here’s The Thing
Confidence is really the biggest key in all of this. As you’re changing things up, figure out what gives you the most confidence. Knowing your style is an empowering step to showing up as your best self wherever you are. You’ve got this friends!
Are you wanting to overhaul your wardrobe? We’d love to hear what is and what isn’t working for you!