Wardrobe (Somewhat) from Scratch: Defining My Style & Needs

Audrey, from the fabulous blog Putting Me Together, recently started a style series titled Wardrobe from Scratch to help those who want to overhaul their current closet and start fresh in search of individual style. While I am definitely not starting completely from scratch, I thought I could find some new direction by completing some of the tasks she outlines. my style

In Part 1, she advises to find our focus by defining our lifestyle needs and goal style.

1. My Lifestyle Needs

  • I'm a full-time high school teacher so the bulk of my wardrobe needs to be professional, comfortable, and business casual. It needs to be versatile, due to varying indoor temperatures, and long-lasting for the many hours I spend at school. I want to be a good role model for my students, especially the girls, who see me as a young professional. My clothes should be stylish, but appropriate.
  • When I get home from work, I need comfortable clothes I can rely on, especially if I decide to work out in them or run some quick errands.
  • My weekend wear is comfortable and casual, but should still be put together because I live in the same town where I teach. I never know where and when I might run into my students . . .
  • I try to attend church regularly, so I will need church-appropriate outfits.
  • There are some dressier functions I will attend in the future such as weddings, date nights, and parties.

2. Defining My Style Preferences

My Fashion Pinterest board really highlights my inner style (And I may have over 800 pins on this board alone...cough *pinterestaddiction* cough). It's interesting because I can easily identify style, but sometimes it is hard to put it together on my own for myself. Does anyone else run into this issue?

I noticed some trends that I tend to gravitate toward a lot . . .

  • Stripes
  • Dots
  • Scarves
  • High-waisted skirts
  • Pops of color
  • Fitted blazers
  • Classic, feminine pieces
  • Embellished blouses
  • Cardigans
  • Oxford shirts

Here are a few style bloggers who inspire me!

style blogger inspirationKendi Everyday // Academichic // Girl and Closet //  The Pleated Poppy

Audrey's next step challenges us to pick wardrobe colors based on a color wheel, but I'm not sure how I will go about this. What do you think?

Your turn: How does your lifestyle define your style? What trends and colors do you gravitate toward? Share in the comments below!