Defining your signature look. Part 1


Last week I showed you my three go-to signature style outfits as a teacher while participating in Carrie, Casey and Whitney's Create28.  You can read my original post here, along with a not so pleasant comment left by a troll.
But I love the fact that my blogfriends immediately had my back.
#feeling loved.
I have never in my life been told that what I wear isn't appropriate or presentable, so that was a first and an entertaining one nonetheless.  Sure, I probably should have changed out of my tights that look like they're tall socks as I wouldn't wear those to school, but I didn't realize I had them on until after the photos and I was too lazy to take the pictures again.
#truthisms
Also, if you're going to leave a more critical comment on someone's blog, at least have the balls to back up your profile with your true identify.
#asshole
#sorryforswearingmom


Enough about that, let's move on.
So I spent last week talking about defining your own personal style so I figured that I should probably put my words into action and show you the outcome and the benefits of figuring out who you are stylistically (which isn't a word but sounds pretty so we'll go with it) but also personally.  It's good to know who you are because chances are your style (and body) have changed significantly since high school or that younger version of yourself that you keep holding on to.  (25 year old Deena for me)



So I thought I would start with my first point from last week's post:

Observe, take notes and curate

Step 1: For your viewing pleasure, I dissected my closet and didn't clean before taking this picture. Just keeping it real.  The top left is where I keep all my dresses, skirts and dress pants.  The top right are all my cardis, sweaters and ponchos and the lower rack are the dress shirts, blouses and such. So if I were to take a closer look at what I have for clothing, it is very difficult to see any patterns when, although grouped into categories, everything is still a mumble jumble of items.



 First step was to go through my tops and sort them into patterns and colours.  The mess ended up looking like this:


Patterns, then black and greys, then shades of blue, followed by random colours (in the burgundy/orange family) et ensuite whites and off whites.

My observations are as follows: I'm either wearing something patterned or something neutral like black or cream.  When I look at my sweaters and ponchos, it's the exact same, except it's mostly blacks and greys.

Step 2: Look at the type of outfits I'm drawn to on my Pinterest boards: outfits to recreate.  I have some pinned for specific looks that I wanted to do for Christmas parties (clearly I was obsessed with the sparkle), others seem to be for some casual outfits.  Most come from a couple of my style icons: Canadian coolio Jillian Harris or my favourite style blogger: Hello, Gorgeous.  If I look at the majority of the outfits they are normally quite simple and have some pop of something: colourful blazer, fun shoes, cool jewelry or wild pants/leggings.

I can already see a pattern by simply looking at my closet or the outfits I gravitate to on other people. If you look in my closet, there are a lot of patterned tops because most of my work pants are neutral. I also have a bunch of neutral shirts, it's because they are typically paired with something crazy on the bottom.

What I know about my style (just from these observations)

1- I am not one for a monochromatic look.  In fact, I did that grey on grey thing for the first time in the history of me during Lisa's style challenge.  I liked it, but my favourite part was the bright pink lipstick.  Clearly, I'm drawn to pops of something.

2- There is always something in my outfit that is a statement piece and it ranges from tops to bottoms to shoes.  Never at the same time, right?  Let's avoid wearing all our statement pieces at once, à la Janice.


via GIPHY

So now what?  From here I would go through my wardrobe and look for pieces that are similar in cut and style and really take a look at what works and what doesn't work for my body type.  But more on that later.

How about for now, your homework is to simply take a look in your closet or your pin boards (or the people you stalk on social media) to see if you can identify any patterns.  Group things together if it helps.

I'd love to hear any discoveries in the comments!

Linking up with A Lovely Little WardrobeDoused in PinkDaily Style FindsA Pocket Full of Polka DotsThe Pleated PoppyPumps and PushupsMix & Match FashionTucker UpThe Mummy ChroniclesShopping My ClosetI do deClaire, Garay Treasures, Lizzie in Lace, Shoe and Tell Style Nudge


45 comments

  1. Great tips for figuring out our signature look. I love accessories.

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  2. I was sooo irritated by that comment... I find people who make comments like that behind a computer and using so much anonymity to be cowards. BUT I'm not dwelling on negativity. jerk.
    Alright, onto better stuff... I LOVE that you're helping people find their style, you're like my style guru so it's PERFECT!!!
    Can't wait to see what else you come up with.
    And you know I'm drooling over your closet... that is all


    Simply Shaunacey

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  3. I had to go back and read the troll comment. Wow. Even after I read the comment and then look at the photos I don't see it. I would have loved to have a stylish teacher as a roll model when we grew up. I can't think of one... can you? Also, my closet is too small and dark to attempt to see a trend, although I think I would come to the same conclusion as you - I need a statement piece - usually shoes or jewlery for moi.

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  4. Living on Cloud Nine28 January, 2018 22:22

    Great tips and you rock florals like mad!! I love that top and those pants, oh those pants...so cute!! Also, yeah if you need us to, I am sure your Blended Blog tribe can take care of that comment coward, lol!! Just wrong, Blogs are positive and uplifting.....

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  5. I just looked and read the comment... I think your attire was totally acceptable as a teacher!! School teaches dress much more casually on the daily and it's been the norm for years!! I'm surprised the troll hasn't noticed!! Anyway... hope the rest of your week is awesome!! And in line with this post, have fun seeking out your fave looks and pieces personal to your style!!


    Amber
    All the Cute
    Today's Post: Vanity Planet Aroma1 Aromatherapy Diffuser

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  6. Oh gosh. Well let's hope that's the worst troll comment you ever get! I've been told to die, I'm a hag, old, saggy boobs, skank, etc! Social media is super fun!! This is why I like being anonymous!!

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  7. That troll obviously doesn't have an ounce of style in her body. Her loss. I'm really excited that you're doing this series - I would like to develop more of a signature look. Obviously I'm Northwest casual, but I'd like to add a little something more. As usual, closet envy.

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  8. I am kind of jealous of your closet! We have a tiny closet and I am dreaming of the day I will have a walk-in! I love organizing my closet by color. I might have to try organizing it by style though!

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  9. Agreed on the troll!! I thought your outfits were not just appropriate, they were on the modest side! Goodness.

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  10. What a jerk, sorry about that. Your closet is amazing and that Janice vid cracked me up. I'll keep my eyes opened to see if I notice patterns.

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  11. OOH. You already know I'm obsessed with Jillian. Now a new blog? Thank ya! Janice. Oh Janice. That made me laugh a lot. Sometimes when I question my curly hair, I see her in my mind. Shudder. LOVE your closet. I would like to live in there please.

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  12. I definitely see you in pops of color and fun prints. BUT you even make monochromatic look good...and fun!

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  13. Why do people have to be mean - will never make sense to me. I liked your monochromatic look. I wish I could look as good in pink lipstick as you do. I bought some NARS Shiap because people raved about it - but it looked kind of bad on me. (It will go to my make up pile of - this didn't work - but maybe I will try it again.)

    Lisa
    Daily Style Finds

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  14. I agree...if you don't have anything nice to say.....

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  15. Definitely don't let that negative person get you down. Her comment was rude and unnecessary. You look great, and I have major closet envy over here!

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  16. Mme. Matheson? She was always so classically beautiful. You are definitely a statement piece kind of gal.

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  17. I can't believe she was so mean, clearly I didn't read her comment before commenting myself. That pink lipstick does look great, I remember you doing that, but I liked your monochromatic look. These are all really good tips. I need to go do this! I have mine organzied like you use to, short sleeves, long sleeves, sweaters, pants and skirt/shorts. Been meaning to go through my closet and get rid of those things that I bought for the challenge that I wore...once. Boo, but glad that I now know what works and doesn't work.

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  18. I can't even imagine the crazy packing for Vegas will become!

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  19. i can't even imagine. If it makes you feel any better, you are my most favourite anonymous person in the world.

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  20. Rebrand lana's blog. Check. Rebrand Lana's style. Double check.

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  21. Thanks, Amber, mucho appreciated. People are strange. You, on the other hand have great style and I have enjoyed your blog!

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  22. My closet is my favourite part of the house...sometimes we sleep in it.

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  23. People are dumb. At least it provided entertainment?

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  24. I'm totally modest...not even close to cleaveland ever showing!

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  25. You are cordially invited to a tea party. Bring your littles (and the cookies) and we can chill in it together while the kids play with shoes.

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  26. Isn't that sad?? I can't even think of one piece that I LOVE from those challenges.

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  27. I will have to try it again and get more comfortable with it!

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  28. Aw, thanks. People like that are not worth my time...although I did just spend time writing about it in the blog. Ah well, entertainment? Again. I love your style. I'd trade my closet for some of your clothes any day.

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  29. Aw you're the best. And my fave Canadian.
    PS I'm coming to live with you when Military Husband gets enough of me. Haha

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  30. Don't let negative people get you down! :)

    On a happier note, I love your wardrobe, it's so big! I'm dreaming of a decent sized wardrobe when we finally find a bigger house.

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  31. Rebecca is cranky. You look great. And I'm jealous of your enormous closet space!

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  32. And why did I not see this?? We ate the cookies, but we'd love to take you up on that soon. I will make more cookies.

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  33. I love this post. I want to figure out my style. I agree with you that layers are key for me. I also love a button down and a loose fitting sweater or sweatshirt. My red bubble t's are moving to the front of my favs as well. I am more into colored denim and cords than leggings. I love neutrals! In fact, I am wearing a grey patterned sweater dress, grey tights and grey boots today. I am going to really think about this more. I have been axing things from my closet that aren't me or I don't love the fit the last few weeks. I decided I would rather have fewer items than a bunch of stuff I don't love (thanks for the help on that one, Christy).

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  34. Alexis Milneck Edwards28 January, 2018 22:23

    ugh internet trolls are the worst. you look fab and I aspire to have more style like people like you!

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  35. I appreciate your 'realness' in this post a yes internet trolls are the worst type of human being ever! Happy to see that you have 'shaken it off' and are right back to being your 'real' self! Now on to the style challenge...I love what you said about our bodies changing since high school...because yeah..kids :) My style has really changed in the last two years and I finally feel like I 'found' my style..which happens to be skinny jeans, tee shirts & blazer...like everyday. Makes it easy to shop :)

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  36. I am also not one who typically does monochromatic looks, as I prefer something to break up the monotony and provide visual interest, although I am trying to be more open to the idea. I always enjoy seeing real people's closets and how they organize them, so thanks for sharing. I divide all of my items into like items and then by colors and patterns - camis, tees, short sleeve blouses, etc. I am lost when I am in a hurry and don't place things back in their categories when doing laundry (I hang everything on the end until I have the time to sort properly). Thanks for linking up with Fabulous Friday and enjoy your weekend, Deena!

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  37. I agree...not worth getting down about! Thanks for stopping by.

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  38. I agree, mean people stink. Thanks for stopping by!

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  39. The worst, especially since they can so easily hide. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  40. that's the perfect combo- skinnies, a tee and blazer. You should link up with us when we style that later this month!

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  41. I love your style and definitely get some inspiration from your posts!

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  42. I don't think you'll have a problem figuring out what your style is!

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  43. I absolutely "get" what you mean about having a statement piece in each of your outfits. That is what makes them YOURS and YOU. And so spirited and fun and edgy at times. When I was in high school, I wore a pin that read Eat Worms Today on my winter coat. Not sure why but it was a real conversation starter and the perfect reflection of my weirdness when my winter coat was covering my pearls, print blouses, seamed hose.

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