Defining my style

by - February 17, 2016

Is it wrong to say that I wanted to go back to the classroom after my year at home with Lucia so I could wear pretty shoes?


What I wear in my job is a creative expression of who I am and I feel fortunate that I get to play dress up everyday for a group of my favourite teenage comrades.  Being a high school French teacher for the past 15 years,  I only now feel that I have my style figured out, which hasn't necessarily been easy to do.  I fell into the trap of wearing only what was trendy, cheap or what others' thought I should wear.  It wasn't until I figured out what works for my body, my job and my personality that I really became comfortable in my own skin.

Here are a couple pointers to help you figure out what your style is:

1- Observe, take notes and curate.  Whose style do you admire?  My style spirit animal is Jillian Harris; I want EVERYTHING she wears. What kind of looks are you pinning?  Here are my outfits to recreate board. Do you have friends' whose closets you want to secretly pilfer for your own?  Take a step back and look at the patterns of the items you like; they are likely clues into your own personal look.



2- Ask someone.  I know that any of my friends could easily pick out pieces for me.  What do you wear that becomes "so you" that anytime someone sees something similar, they think of you?

3-  Play your strengths. Know what works on your body and what doesn't.  I like this website for a visual on what works well with your shape.  Think also in colour palettes too.  I know that pale shades don't bode well against my skin tone.   What colours bring out your best qualities?

4- Think whole package.  Your style isn't only what you put on your body, but also your hair, your makeup and accessories.  It's one thing to have a killer outfit, but if you don't comb your hair or wash your face then what's the point?  Do you have a signature piece? I always think of pearls when I think of my Grams.  Play with different makeup techniques or hairdos to find something that suits you and your lifestyle.

5- Confidence is key.  Once you've figured out what works best for your personality, your body type, and your colouring, embrace it, own it and love it.  Take pride in how you look and SMILE, nothing is more radiant that a confidant woman!


Come back tomorrow and I'll show you my 3 teacher looks that are a reflection of my personal style and speaking of personal style, stayed tuned for a great series by the Blended Bloggers...I can't wait to show you my 'typical Deena' outfit that I'm making them recreate!  Join in with us, prompts coming soon.


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29 comments

  1. OMG, love this so much! I can't wait to see what you have in store for tomorrow! And fantastic graphic! I think I need lessons from you. It got me thinking, what is my signature piece...like pearls for your grandma...I think I need to really think about that and come up with something...now that I think of it, I remember my mom mentioning this way back when she had a stylist, and her commenting that you need a signature piece...

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  2. Don't we all work to put on nice clothes and not get hand prints on them?

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  3. I know what you mean about wanting to wear pretty shoes. You have great style, Deena. I have never really followed Jillian but I know a lot do because she was always one of the top 10 earners on one of my affiliate programs.

    Lisa
    Daily Style Finds

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  4. I am working and working to narrow down my style. Looking forward to learning more!

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  5. Living on Cloud Nine28 January, 2018 22:20

    Great tips and such a cute story about wanting to go back to school to wear your petty shoes!! Sweet baby got mama for a year, now time for mama to strut her stuff at work! I bet your students appreciate your sweet style!!

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  6. Ha! YES. A reason to have shoes. I love an excuse to wear cute clothes. Like Tuesdays. I LOVE your style. What a hottie.

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  7. Can't wait to see the looks you show tomorrow :) The older I get, the more I realize my personal style. I love graphic tees! lol! If only I could some how wear them to work!

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  8. Such a great post. Especially for someone who feels like their style is all over the place. Thanks for the tips.

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  9. So many days I wish I worked outside the home so that somebody would see my outfits :)! You are my style idol. Creative and chic and so you!

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  10. Looking forward to your looks!
    Sorry I haven't been around much. We've had a lot going on and I just haven't felt like blogging/commenting.
    Xxoo

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  11. Definitely something colour and pizzazz for you for your signature piece.

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  12. ya, I definitely love playing dress up, that's for sure!

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  13. Love this post - it's super helpful! You're a great teacher in so many ways, friend!

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  14. Definitely. And to for good selfies.

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  15. I hear ya on that. I come and go with my desire to be active.

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  16. I would love to see what you come up with!

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  17. There's gotta be a way to slide one into your work ensemble!

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  18. Aw, thanks! I bet it won't take you long to figure out your style!

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  19. Great tips! I agree it was nice to return to work after maternity leave and have all the 'office wear' options in my wardrobe available again! Now I'm trying to have a wardrobe that works for all events as much as possible so that I don't feel there's so much sitting around unworn!

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  20. This is such a helpful post! You have amazing style and these are great tips!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  21. I love seeing how you define your evolution of what your style is. I'm still working on figuring mine out as well!
    ~Sheila
    Making the Most of Every Day

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  22. SOOO many options after maternity leave, you speak the truth!

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  23. Aw, that's such a sweet compliment!

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  24. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  25. Well, thanks, especially coming from you! I see you as someone who has their style perfected!

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  26. Just send me more outfit selfies :)

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  27. Jillian Harris is definitely a favorite of mine, too! She always looks so great!

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Have a lovely day!