What my clothing says about me

Happy Sunday!  Let’s discuss what my clothing says about me!

Recently, one reader asked for more clarification of what I am looking at when I use adjectives to shape personal style. 

Hopefully, everyone is familiar with my Foundational Five: Personal Style Building Blocks for developing your own personal style.

I think the last time I fully explained the concept was here:  READER QUESTION: WHAT IS THE FOUNDATIONAL FIVE STYLE GUIDE?

What my clothing says about me

 

But, reader Janet, wanted me to attempt to explain more about what I see in the adjectives.

The thing about adjectives is that they often have different meanings to different people.  Best example is the word ELEGANT.  

When I write about elegance, it is evident that many women see the word translated into clothing differently.

Personal style is exactly that…personal…but I do contend that you can develop and sharpen it by selecting the five adjectives and remaining true to them.

When a reader sends me their five adjectives, I am looking for garments that I believe communicate ALL FIVE ADJECTIVES.

It helps to have four more adjectives the woman wants to say if she also wants to look elegant…then I know what type of elegance she is going for when I see the other four. 

WHAT MY CLOTHING SAYS ABOUT ME

What my clothing says about me

Now, when I dress…I am looking at my total style.  I want to see that my whole outfit (together) communicates all five of my adjectives and I have done this for years.

Since I came home from professional office life last year, I have been styling my looks to say that I am CREATIVE, STRONG, INTELLIGENT, JOYFUL, and CURRENT.

I like this casual style a lot with my new Foxcroft Pamela Essential Stretch Non-iron Tunic in Blue Whisper….I would love to tell you that it is named after me…but, alas, it is not. 

When I put this outfit on to go out, I thought it needed something to speak to my creativity…so I added my floral handbag and my  BZEES SUZY WEDGE SANDAL. 

I believe that it says I am strong and intelligent because it goes together well and works as a total look. It says current because it is a classic style that withstands time. 

What my clothing says about me

With all of that said, I am still refining what I want to say about me in this new phase of life.  I recently styled a slideshow for a reader whose adjectives were earthy, classic, sporty, artistic and feminine.

Everything I found for her really spoke to me and I was very excited about her adjective choices.

So, I am contemplating revising mine with her choices weaved in….we will see.  But, I certainly identified with her style messaging. 

WHAT CLOTHING SAYS ABOUT MARY ELLEN

What my clothing says about me

Mary Ellen wants to communicate that she is CASUAL, DIGNIFIED, UNIQUE, COLORFUL, AND VERSATILE.  

That is all I know about her…except that I am so happy she is here…so I am looking for garments which combined in a total look would speak her foundational five.

For example, I selected a few items which are reversible giving more versatility.  These pieces also say the other adjectives.

A great way to be unique when also wanting to say “I am dignified” is with accessories…so I threw in a few fun accessories to for color and uniqueness. 

I also tossed in lovely tank tops to go under a linen blazer for all of the adjectives.

Mary Ellen, this slideshow is for you and women like you…I hope you like it!

 

 

By Pamela Lutrell

Disclaimer:  I was provided the tunic from Foxcroft, and the words are my own.

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