What is a style recipe? It’s the ingredients that go into making up your unique style. It’s also known as a style statement too and I want to help you determine your style recipe by sharing with you some simple steps to work through.
Why should it matter? What I’ve discovered over the years of being an image consultant, the better we can pin down your personal style, the better buying choices we can make and so you’ll love your wardrobe a whole lot more because the clothes really reflect who you are on the inside – the authentic you.
- When you’re deciding to buy a new item, these are the ingredients you want to run the possible purchase past to see if they will make your style yummier or not so tasty.
- When you’re getting dressed each day if the clothes don’t work for your recipe you’ll feel not quite right, not really you, or even uncomfortable.
- When deciding if you should keep those garments that have been sitting in your wardrobe for some time, if they don’t reflect your current style recipe (and it will change over time), then let them go as they’re taking up valuable space, not only in your wardrobe, but also in your brain.
How do you come up with your style recipe? There are a few of ways to do this:
- Start by looking at your favourite clothing and figuring out what you LOVE about them and how you’d describe them.
- Find pictures in magazines or online of stuff you LOVE, that really excites you and then seeing which words describe them.
- Look at some of the items you love in your home, from art to furniture, things that make you happy, how would you describe these items?
- Think about a colour you adore, and describe its properties – are these also words that describe you?
- Write down lots of words that represent your personality, also words that relate to how you’d like to be perceived.
Once you have all these words, start discarding the ones that you aren’t really excited about and this will help you come up with your style recipe. From 2 to 6 words is what you’re after.
Here are my style recipe words:
When you look at my picture above – what is it that I love about each of these things in the picture?
- Hot pink is my happy colour – it’s vibrant, dynamic and exciting
- I love the ming vase print on the dress – it’s unexpected and divine.
- Purple and green are one of my favourite colour combinations – unexpected, distinctive and vibrant.
- The melting watch (Salvador Dali inspired) is also unexpected and distinctive.
- The butterfly tail on the dress is distinctive, vibrant, unexpected and divine.
- The zips on the boot are a unexpected.
- The green swan chair is vibrant, dynamic and distinctive.
- The bold collar on the suit is distinctive and unexpected.
- Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s is divine!
So you can see how these pieces go to making up my style recipe, and sure, not everyday do I have every single element covered, but they go into influencing what I’m wearing and the clothes and outfits that make me really happy. Here is an example of my style recipe in action. Vibrant, exciting, dynamic and distinctive colour, unexpected pattern on the kimono, and the kimono drapes in a divine way and is divine to the touch.
What’s your style recipe? I’d love you to share your words – and a link to any picture that reflects your favourite outfit that is a great representation of your style.