Since 2018 began, I have been walking back through some of the things I have learned over the past fifteen years…when my reinvention at age 50 started. One of the simplest, yet most profound, lessons has been that my clothing sends a message everytime I dress…no matter whether the clothing is sloppy or refined.
I just never thought about it before I began to study fashion and style. But, it makes perfect sense and I began to consider what I was saying at that time and how I wanted to change the messaging going forward. It occurred to me that by controlling the messages with my clothing then I could develop my own personal style and create something unique just for me. That was when I decided to use “adjectives” to my benefit. I selected five adjectives and for years, I would look in the mirror and ask if my outfit met all of those adjectives. If it did, I walked out of the house. If it didn’t, I made changes until I could say it did. This system (which I started calling the Foundational Five) helped me so much with knowing what to wear and what to buy.
I have refined my five adjectives a little since I began. Now, I want my clothing to say I am savvy, creative, approachable, youthful, and strong. I believe the outfit I am wearing today communicates those messages. The necklace and leather leggings would be the creative, and youthful part of the outfit. I believe the soft cardigan and long tank are the pieces which say approachable. I have always believed strong neutrals say savvy and strong….though I know there are some who would say boring. So, only you know what you are going for, and it matters to think about what you want to say. Begin to look in the mirror before you leave the house, and ask yourself what am I saying with this look.
So, if you wanted your outfits to communicate five messages every time you dress, what would those adjectives be. There are thousands of adjectives, but you have to only pick five and they must be your own to create a unique you. Please share…I think it helps all of us to hear what your selections are.
Eileen Fisher Tank and Cardigan
Faux leather leggings from Soft Surroundings
Frye Leather Flats from Macys
As usual, I picked out some similar garments below. Thanks for being here…tell us your adjectives!
KEEP SMILING!! (Always says approachable, friendly, joyful)