When I’m working with people to choose the three words that define their style, they sometimes choose the word “classic.” I love classic styles, but I discourage people from choosing that as one of their words because “classic” can span several styles, so that doesn’t really give much direction for formulating a wardrobe (classic what? Classic bohemian? Classic mod? Classic prep?).
Other words I recommend avoiding:
- Trendy (there are several trends each season, and if you adopt them all, you look more “fashion victim” than “fashionista”)
- Relaxed (you can buy casual clothing in nearly any style)
- Casual (see above)
- Comfortable (comfortable clothing exists in nearly every style)
If you’re drawn to any of these words, dig a little deeper and ask, “What exactly about this word do I feel describes me?” Then try to get at a more specific word to include in your trio.
As with most things in life, a little concentrated thought up front can yield great rewards later on.
As much as I love a night on the town, it’s always great to come home.
Black sweater dress, Elie Tahari.
Calf-hair leopard pumps, Ralph Lauren.
Emerald-colored earrings, Sorrelli.
Dark metallic bag, Marc Jacobs for Target.
Photography courtesy of Emily Plank Photography.