We are unique, and we each have distinct styles that make us stand out. Whatever it is, it should be something that we love and are comfortable in, and that is appropriate for our lifestyle.
Let me ask you: Do you at times feel that a style that worked well for years seems unsuitable? If you agree, look for the below signs that can tell you if you are ready for a style revamp:
Your wardrobe doesn’t reflect who you are:
You have moved on in life, have changed your profile or you have moved up the corporate ladder and the style you sported for the last couple of years does not seem to reflect who you have become. Consistency is critical in developing a style.
Here’s what you need to know. The style you choose needs to be an honest expression of yourself. It needs to reflect your personality, for example if you are a person who endorses sustainability, then adopt slow fashion knowing fully well the philosophy of a healthy product lifecycle.
Change in the body structure:
Sometimes people tend to wear oversized garments to cover the weight. Once they adopt a healthy lifestyle and exercise to lose weight, they want to get into garments that enhance their appearance.
It is the same with women who have had a baby, their body changes post-delivery, and they may want to go for a new wardrobe.
You are bored with your wardrobe:
Sometimes it might just be boredom with the wardrobe. you may notice that you like to wear some items of clothing very frequently, the 80:20 rule applies to your wardrobe too. We all tend to reach out to specific styles (20%) in our closet even if it's packed with clothes! Being sensitive to the design, and the style of clothes will give you a clue as to what is your preference.
For example, you may want to adopt untreated cotton garments which are healthier based on your observation. The innate nature of cotton is to oxygenate, but bleaching and chemical treatment result in the cotton losing its properties. Being well informed can be a boon, and you can adopt healthier fabrics.
Your lifestyle has changed:
Anyone who had had a significant career change can well understand this. Women who were homemakers who decided to get back to career may want to go for a wardrobe overhaul. Likewise, people who had changed their profession from a desk job to field job, who need to go out to meet clients and partners may see the need to change their dressing style.
If you structure your wardrobe to what you need to dress for most frequently, once you have a good base wardrobe, shop for the peripheral activities. Consider your lifestyle when you shop. For example, if you’re a professional, you’ll need clothing appropriate for your work-life - comfortable, smart, durable and safe on your skin.
Great style (or a great wardrobe) doesn’t mean you need to buy a lot of clothes! Take an inventory of your closet, get a clear understanding of your staples and then design your wardrobe around them. See if any of the existing garments can be repurposed or upcycled.
Being sensitive to your needs and taste and what looks good on you is the key.