Time to find your Spring Style? The big yellow thing in the sky has now made a couple of appearances and soon we are going to be packing away all those cosy jumpers! Daffodils are popping up everywhere and with them the first shoots of our Spring wardrobe ideas. And it has got us thinking…..
If Spring is the season of new beginnings, doesn’t that make it the perfect time for a Style MOT?!
Do you like what you see in your wardrobe?
Do you feel like you are expressing your personality through what you wear?
Does your style make you happy?
Do you feel like you even have a “style”?
If the answer to any of these question is NO, then chances are you are stuck in a style rut!
It happens to us all at various times in our lives. We figure out what works for us and then we stick to it. Life is always too busy to stop and think about whether your clothes are making you happy. Surely, there are more important things to worry about!
Well, if your hobby is making your own clothes, then we think it is REALLY important! Your sewing time is precious and if the time and money you are spending on dressmaking
Here are our 7 steps you can follow to help you find your Spring style……..
Step 1 – Get Inspired
Firstly you need to have a think about what styles you do love and collect lots of pictures. Don’t worry for now about whether you think each look suits you. Just concentrate on what makes you think YASS!
Do you like to follow trends? Which of the trends for spring do you like? Are there other makers or Instagrammers whose style you admire?
Treat yourself to a fashion magazine (or better yet, browse them online). Check the ‘New Season’ sections on the websites of your favourite high street shops. Find a few fashion blogs whose style you can relate to.
Nikki and I use Pinterest heavily for our style inspiration and set up new boards each season. We also like to google “street style” or “spring style” images and follow similar hashtags on Instagram.
Finally, you can’t beat a mooch around the shops. I call it ‘shopping with my phone’ as I use it to take lots of pictures of the fabrics and details I like. Nikki and I often try on lots of things, even though we often have no intention of buying them, just to see how new styles look on us and get a feel for different fabrics.
Step 2 – Analyse Your Pictures
Once you have collated all your inspiration pictures, make yourself a nice cuppa or a glass of something cheeky and sit down to make a few notes.
Look at each image and decide what you like about each one. Is it the shape or cut, the colours, a specific detail, the proportions? Is it the coat, the bag, the shoes?
If it is just one element of the picture you like, think about what you could pair it with and jot that down too.
Step 3 – Check Your Wardrobe
Sometimes all you need is a change if perspective to see what’s right in front of you in a slightly different way. So, before you embark on planning anything new, look to see if there are any items already in your wardrobe that could contribute to any of your looks.
Don’t get hung up on specifics. If the colour or fabric is right but not the style, it could be a possible refashion. If the style is right, but not the colour, maybe a dye job is required – or maybe the look would work just as well in a different colourway.
Once you know what you’ve got, it’s time to make a list of everything else you’d need to create your looks. This is just a wish list and can be ridiculously long – you can always edit it down later.
Highlight any items that would work for more than one of your looks. These are going to be key pieces that should be prioritised. Having a few of them will give you a much more versatile wardrobe.
Step 4 – Plan Your Outfits
For many of us, finding the pattern and making the garment is the easy bit. But making sure we actually get lots of wear out of it is much more tricky. We find that it helps to come up with some outfit formulas before buying or sewing anything, i.e. X top + X trousers + X jacket + X bag + X shoes.
Maybe think about the category for each outfit – is it for work, everyday casual, working from home? Are they the right categories for your lifestyle? Do you want a load of super smart clothes if you rarely get the chance to dress up? If you work from home, are these outfits you are going to want to chuck on for a day of sitting at your laptop?
We find that it also really helps to prioritise your looks so that you can focus on creating your favourites, or the ones most needed, first. In the words of Marie Kondo (whose personal style we happen to love), which ones spark the most joy?!
Step 5 – Be Fussy
Next comes the fun bit! It’s time to shop, either for patterns and fabrics or for RTW clothes. Or even a mixture of the two. You know how much time you have to sew and whether creating each look yourself is achievable. Perhaps what you want is not yet in your skill-set, or you can’t find the perfect pattern or fabric. Or maybe you just don’t fancy knocking up another bunch of basic tees.
It’s your wardrobe and your style. You get to decide how much of it to make or buy. There is no right or wrong way! But at least you know whatever purchases you do make have been properly thought through and you are giving yourself the best chance of getting real value.
We always like to try second hand first. Check ebay, Depop, Facebook Marketplace or even Instagram destash accounts to see if anyone is selling anything you need. Or head down to your local charity or thrift shops for a rummage. I like to dedicate a whole day to secondhand shopping and I always take a list with me, just as I would for new shopping.
We think the most important part of this step is to be fussy. Be particular, don’t settle! If you can’t find what you really want, don’t settle for something that isn’t quite right. If you do, you’ll constantly be comparing it to the one you wanted in your head and you just won’t get as much wear or enjoyment from it.
If you can’t create the overall look because of a missing element, just shelve it and move onto another look. You may well find the perfect fabric, pattern or garment pops up at a later stage.
Step 6 – Play With Colour
The quickest way to mix things up in your wardrobe is to simply try some new colours. If you think there are colours that don’t suit you, ask yourself – when was the last time you checked?
Just because something didn’t suit you in your 20s doesn’t mean that it won’t in your 40s. Our complexions change as we get older, hair colours and makeup shades vary, even more- or less-defined eyebrows can affect how a colour looks on you.
So try out something new and, if you are not sure, get a second opinion from a friend. They can be more objective and will often love something on you that you wouldn’t have chosen. Nikki and I are always picking things out for each other that we would never have chosen for ourselves, and they often turn out to be firm favourites!
Step 7 – Play With Accessories
Even all your old favourites can be given a new lease of life with some fresh accessories. Again, I buy lots of my accessories second hand on eBay or from charity shops, so it doesn’t have to be expensive.
Lots of people tell me they love hats but feel too self-conscious to wear them. Wearing a hat for the first time can be daunting but I think it can really elevate an outfit so, if you fancy it, be brave and go for it! You’ll soon get used to it and won’t feel self-conscious for long.
Scarves, bags, shoes and statement jewellery can all make a big difference to your overall look so don’t be afraid to have a play! This season, the accessories trends are big and bold, so there are no limits to how much fun you can have!
Isn’t this all vanity? Should I really be spending this much time on my personal style?
Well, you wouldn’t have read this far down the post if your personal style wasn’t important to you. And that’s ok, it should be.
Personally, we think that how you feel each time you look in the mirror can have a huge impact on your self-esteem. Don’t under-estimate how important it is for you to feel good about yourself. It is not selfish or vain; it is an essential part of self-care.
Real style is never right or wrong, it’s a matter of being yourself on purpose.G. Bruce Boyer
If you decide to mix things up and follow these steps to find your spring style, we’d love to hear how you get on! You can comment below, email us or come find us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Thanks for stopping by!