Closet Makeover Part 3: Defining And Refining Your Personal Style


This is part 3 of my closet makeover series. After clearing out and re-organizing your closet it’s now time to take a look at your personal fashion style!


Defining your personal style can be tricky. As much as we’d all like to wake up and suddenly start dressing like Blake Lively, that kind of fashion sense doesn’t always come naturally to us mere mortals. However, finding your signature style is an essential step towards creating the closet of your dreams. After all, your wardrobe should not only be filled with clothes that look good on you, it should also be a reflection of who you are and showcase your unique personality!

This is the main reason why I started this makeover project really. I got so sick of buying clothes that were ‘trendy’ but didn’t look good on me or made me feel like I was someone else. I knew it was time for a change! In the last few weeks, I’ve been re-thinking my personal style and it’s been a great exercise. I feel much more confident in what I wear and I’m excited to further develop this new direction in the future. It’s also made shopping that much easier since I now have some guidelines to go by when I look through huge racks of clothes. Zara, here I come!

Here are few steps to help you define your personal style:

Step 1: Analyze your wardrobe

If you followed my tips on how to downsize and re-organize your wardrobe you should now only be left with a range of clothes that you wear and love. These clothes should also be already giving you clues as to what your personal style might be so it’s a good idea to spend a bit of time analyzing them.

Here are a few things to consider:

  • Do you own a lot of dresses or do you mainly wear pants?
  • Is your closet full of black, neutral colors, colors or prints?
  • Are your clothes practical or is comfort not that important to you?
  • Do you like clothes that are fitted and well-tailored and or do you love long, flowy dresses and loose clothes?

When I looked at my closet I realized that my clothes were either black or in neutral colors with just a few red pieces thrown in. The cuts were tailored and feminine but still comfortable. A few of my favorite pieces also featured bold topography or prints.

What does your current closet say about you?

Step 2: Find your style icons

We all have women in our lives whose style we really admire. It might be a colleague at work whose outfits you’re always loving or it might be a blogger or a celebrity who you feel does everything right. Either way – they could be a great source of inspiration for you.

Now I’m not saying you should outright copy them (that would be creepy) but there’s no reason why you couldn’t channel some of their fashion choices in your own personal way. For example, one of my friends is the queen of color and although I’d feel uncomfortable wearing a lot of brights she did teach me a few things about mixing and matching bright accessories. I also have a few celebrities I love including Diane Kruger, Olivia Palermo and Sarah Jessica Parker. Oh to have their clothing budgets (and personal stylists)…

style is who you are

Step 3: Pin away

Another great way to get a better sense of what you like is to gather some inspirational shots and create a visual board. You could use an actual board and pin magazine cut-outs onto it or you could do it all online. I’m personally a huge fan of Pinterest which allows you to browse through thousands of photos and gather your favorites onto one personal board. I’ve been using it to gather outfits I love for the last few weeks and it’s helped me a lot.

Once you start pinning a few of your favorite looks you’ll quickly start to see an overall trend coming through. A lot of my favorite pictures were from bloggers who lived in big cities and I found I was attracted to feminine shapes with an edge. Graphic tees were another huge trend on my inspiration board so I must buy some ASAP!

Step 4: Rock your body shape

The last thing to consider when you’re defining or refining your personal style is your body shape. Think about what clothes compliment your figure and what clothes you feel most confident and sexy wearing. This doesn’t mean that you should only limit yourself to certain looks of course (we don’t always fit into a particular body shape category either) but it’s always a good idea to think about what cuts and shapes are going to bring out your favorite features.

For example, if you’re a curvy girl like me but love Audrey Hepburn’s ‘gamine’ look then you can still definitely rock it in your own way! Little black dresses come in every shape and pearls will add a touch of chic to any outfit.

For more info on body shapes check out this great guide inspired by fashion gurus Trinny and Susannah.


I hope you found these tips useful. Next time, we’ll be moving on to filling in your wardrobe blanks and covering your basics. Stay tuned!