Match yourself

Match yourself
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Do you shop often but have a hard time finding what you want or need?

Do you often buy pieces that your inner voice says aren’t you?

Does your look seem to be all over the map?

Do you often buy pieces that don’t coordinate with anything you already own?

If you answered “yes” to any of questions above, you likely haven’t taken the time to clarify and label the general type of style you like to wear. To end your shopping and dressing uncertainty you must learn to match your inner sense style with your outward fashion expression or as I like to say, “match yourself”.

The best place to start the matching process is to learn a little more about fashion itself. Generally fashion can be divided into six style types. I call these types “style categories” and they are Modern, Contemporary, Classic, Retro, Romantic, and Cultural. Each of these categories has its own distinctive design esthetic and could be loosely described in the following ways:




Modern –From a futuristic military look to a modern art influenced feel a Modern likes to wear pieces that have drape, asymmetrically hemlines, and abstract prints.







Contemporary – From a snooty European aristocrat air to a look appropriate for work, the Contemporary lady likes fancy fabrics, status accessories, and city chic mix and match pieces.







Classic –From preppy collegiate to a ladies who lunch look, the Classic dresser knows how to dress-up her tailored blazer and basic polo, just add pearls.







Retro –From a fabulous 40’s look to a funky 70’s vibe, a Retro typically favors one past decade’s duds to express her nostalgic self.







Romantic – From a girlie girl aura to a vixen impression, a Romantic looks for ruffle adornment, plunging necklines, and tight-fitting pieces that allure and beguile.







Cultural – From Bohemian to Goth to Western wear, a Cultural wears clothes that indirectly derive from a particular culture and always speak eccentrically.



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The style category you choose should be the one that best represents the majority of clothing in your closet and/or the category your sense of style simply prefers the most.

 When you clarify and label your preferred style category it helps you:

  • Represent your unique style to others
  • Discover the best stores and designers to shop
  • Cut down on the  assortment clutter at major department and big box stores
  • Buy pieces that coordinate with what you already own
  • Curtail impulse buying
  • Express your inner self, outwardly

Now you have perused the style categories’ list and picked your style, let’s apply it to the shopping experience. One of the keys to expressing your inner self, outwardly, is to shop for it at the right place. This is why it is important to deduce what shops sell your kind of style. Consider categorizing the local street you like to shop. The best way to determine what style categories its boutiques sell is simply to window shop before you browse or buy. Shops’ window displays tend to showcase items that represent the style type(s) they stand for. These displays provide clues as to which stores to shop and which ones to skip. When you look at your local shopping street through the lens of your style category you prevent aimless shopping, limit impulse buying, clarify the best stores to shop, and ultimately, discover clothes that match yourself.