A few days ago, a colleague approached me in the hallway and said, “You always look so put together!” I smiled politely and thanked her for her kind words. In my head, though, I was doing the dab like Cam Newton because that is EXACTLY the impression I want people to have of me!
You may be asking yourself, Why does the way I dress even matter? Well, believe it or not, what you wear gives other people insight into who you are. In fact, numerous studies have shown that appearance very much shapes other people’s perceptions of not only you as a person, but your financial success, intelligence, honesty and whether or not you’re suitable enough to hire or promote. So, when you think about it in those terms, what others believe about you really does matter.
So, the key question becomes: what do you want people to know about you?
For the most part, when people look at me, I think they see a self-assured, polished and composed career woman. How do I know this? Because they give me unsolicited positive feedback just like my colleague gave me, on an almost daily basis.
So, why am I telling you this? Certainly not to brag or cause envy. Actually, it’s quite the opposite. I’m telling you this because being a stylish standout isn’t as difficult or as time-consuming as you might think. And, if I can do it, anyone can.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been exploring the concept of signature style in posts like this and this. And, I was surprised to see that a lot of the women who commented had one of two main concerns: How to define their signature style and how to create a wardrobe that is simultaneously chic and comfortable.
Now, I’m not the edgiest style blogger on the block. But here’s the thing: I never claimed to be. In fact, when it comes to fashion sense, I am the antithesis of cutting-edge. As a busy professional, wife, mom and homemaker, I don’t want to think too hard about getting dressed in the morning, but I still want to look like I made the effort.
So, what’s my secret? Simple … I just know what I like. And, if you remember nothing else, remember this: At the heart of signature style is Y-O-U, so the style staples you select (those benchmark items that make you feel your most inspired, your most beautiful and your most confident) should reflect the type of person you are and the lifestyle you live.
So, who are you?
Well, I’ve created this checklist to put you on the path to uncovering your signature style! It includes examples of wardrobe staples that will help you understand, evaluate, clarify and edit your own personal style.