A year and a half ago, I launched a Style Campaign to find clothes that suit my unusually tall frame. A few items were bought over the subsequent months but nothing significant changed so as one of the many things on my list of things to do in 2013, I decided to find my style.
The first step to finding my style was to get rid of everything that didn't fit or that I didn't feel good in - the latter being important. Until now, if I wore something I would deem that reason enough to keep it, whether or not I felt good when wearing it. That has changed.
This morning I took twelve items of clothing that were in great condition, to a charity shop. I also gave away one pair of shoes and numerous pieces of jewellery that have done nothing except gather dust over the past few years. I then threw away a cardigan that wasn't up to charity shop standard and one pair of shoes for the same reason. My wardrobe and drawers have much more space now and I can slowly fill them with a few extra items that are more my style.
The Beautiful Blonde forwarded me a fun book - the No Brainer Wardrobe - which I downloaded to my kindle last week. It has some easy tips on how to reduce your wardrobe and find your style and one of the actions was to build a board on Pinterest of clothing pictures and outfits that you like.
It took me by surprise to find that almost all of the things I pinned were of a very similar style. I had expected an eclectic mix of colour, patterns, neutrals and everything in between because I like different things on different people. Yet when I was thinking about what I like for me, all of a sudden a style emerged that I hadn't considered and when I look at my style board, it fits, it works, it clicks, it's me.
The next step? I'm enlisting the help of a very stylish friend of mine and we're going shopping next weekend. I'm only after a few items that I know will work with clothes I already own, but hopefully they will nudge me towards finally finding my style.