I didn’t get to a Friday reblog last week (life…work…toddlers…you know), but I found a great blog post over the weekend so I thought I’d share it today.
Making a list of what constitutes your style can be really helpful as you’re piecing together a wardrobe. But Anuschka at Into Mind flips the concept on its head – make a list of things that aren’t your style to help weed out what doesn’t work. I particularly liked her idea to make a subcategory for “love it on other people, not for me” as those items can be distracting and disappointing when honing your own style (“I LOVE this, but I never wear it…” “This looks great on my friend, why doesn’t it work for me??”).
A “not my style” list is even more helpful when you’re thrifting a large portion of your closet. If you’re not rock solid on what constitutes your personal brand of style, sweet prices, the scarcity-based feeling that there are only so many secondhand clothes to go around, and the sheer smorgasboard of styles can combine to make you splash out on a great piece that isn’t really you.
So let’s make a list. Here’s mine:
Great on others, not for me:
-skinny jeans (I keep trying these on, they keep refusing to let my circulation move freely)
-button down shirts
-dresses with short hems
-button down cardigans
-superoversized sweaters (I have one, I wear it at home or while pregnant)
-anything sheer (I’m not prudish but I’m definitely lazy and don’t want to add another layer to make sheer work appropriate)
I just don’t like them (even if they’re on-trend):
-military parkas/utility jackets – always look too casual/busy with doodads and add-ons. Also I’m not in the military or going fly fishing anytime soon.
-super wide-legged pants
-twinsets (although one of my coworkers absolutely ROCKS these…shoutout to Patti!)
-faux suits – dressing all in one color when it’s not a suit (apologies to Janice of The Vivienne Files, and my mother-in-law). I need more variety!
I’m sure the list could be longer but it’s late and my brain just overdosed on dulce de leche cheesecake.
Alright, Thrifters, let’s see YOUR “Not My Style” lists in the comments! And tell me – do you think this is a helpful concept?