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For the last few years my closet has been a muddling of styles, colors, and shapes. It comes with the 20-something territory. Style in your 20’s is littered with experimental items, cheaply made trendy tops, your basic jeans, the one classic piece you invested in, and a variety of colors and cuts from all over the board.

But with a wardrobe like that, it’s been really hard to feel 100% me in anything I wear. I’ve also begun to notice a more discerning eye when it comes to my clothing. I no longer have any desire to shop just to shop. And as I grow as a designer, defining my own style has become more of a priority. So I’ve decided to start my own wardrobe revamp with a 7 step plan.

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Since I’m re-inventing my style from the ground up, I felt most comfortable creating a detailed strategy before-hand. First, I started this process with defining my personal style. Since I’m a visual person I started a private Pinterest board where I could collect specific products and styles I was drawn to. This made it much easier to see patterns, shapes, and cohesion between items.

After several weeks of collecting, I went back through and eliminated anything that I didn’t absolutely love or was an extreme outlier from the rest. Using Into Mind’s post, ‘Using Moodboards to Define Personal Style‘ I analyzed my board’s cohesive patterns. Here’s what I found…

Wardrobe 01 | Observant Nomad

What are the key textures and materials? For me it was obvious that I was mostly drawn to relaxed everyday fabrics like cotton, denim, and leather. When it comes to textures, I really love thicker wools and silky looking polyester/rayon.

What is the overall color scheme? A strong black & white presence was almost immediate. Besides those I was also really interested in neutrals the most. But what surprised me was how much I was drawn to chambray blues, soft sage greens, muted plums, and blushes.

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Which are the key proportions/ specific combinations? These were some predominant combinations that stuck out to me…

mini skirts & shorts + cotton sweaters
relaxed fit blouses + cropped tailored pants + heels
structured masculine outerwear + skinny denim

Wardrobe 01 | Observant Nomad

What are the main themes? Minimalist, modern, professional, feminine, and a little bit laid-back. Most of my board has a combination of structured pieces with approachable relaxed items. I discovered that I really love the contrast of tailored masculine shapes with casual sexy feminine accents.

Which single items stand out? Black skinny denim, black leather belts, delicate gold jewelry, relaxed white blouses, muted colors, chambray, boyfriend jeans, a structured black wool trench, folding leather clutch, short leather booties and black strappy sandals.


Even though I could’ve told you some of my favorite pieces without doing the moodboard process, it really has been revealing in many other more specific ways. Before, when I found a look I liked, I would try to incorporate it into my wardrobe without thinking about the bigger picture or understanding if it worked for me. 

After this I have a much clearer vision about my style. I can also see how these pieces reflect who I am in a lot of ways. I am a pretty confident person and definitely not shy – all of which I think is reflected in my choice of structured masculine outerwear and bold uses of black & white. I also like to go with the flow, which some of these relaxed fit styles really show.

Can’t wait to get roll up my sleeves and get to work on step two…

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You did such a great job breaking down those for the wardrobe. Did the very same thing at the beginning of the year, and i may say that it has helped. I have completely refreshed my clothes, and heading to a good side :)