What IS being well-dressed, anyway?

Navy dress coffee shop downtown

Doing one of my favorite things at one of my favorite places. Photography courtesy of Emily Plank Photography.

“I have heard with admiring submission the experience of the lady who declared that the sense of being well-dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquility which religion is powerless to bestow.”–Ralph Waldo Emerson

What does it mean to be well-dressed?

Is it having the latest look from the runways? Is it shopping at the most expensive stores in the world? Is it having the biggest closet in town dripping with designer labels and stacked high with not-yet-and-perhaps-never-to-be-worn clothes?

Don’t get me wrong—I LOOOOOVE me some Alexander McQueen. I also would not balk at converting a bedroom into a closet (someday!). But these accoutrement a well-dressed person do not make.

I’m often asked to elucidate an easy method for creating/refining a strong personal style. While I admire those style chameleons who put on whatever came down the runways that season and rock it, I readily admit that I have a strong gravitational pull toward a very specific look. Contrary to feeling bored or stale, I feel the most alive, the most “myself” when I’m wearing pieces that fall in line with that look.

At a recent speaking engagement, I shared my method for creating a strong personal style that I learned from an interior designer long ago (I’m pretty sure she intended for her method to be applied to interior design, but it’s my party and I’ll take inspiration from wherever I want to).

During the month of October, I’ll be sharing this method and how it’s helped me refine my personal style. Posts will be illustrated with photography by the crazy-sexy-talented Emily Plank, so I hope you’ll join us and chime in!


2 thoughts on “What IS being well-dressed, anyway?

  1. I agree that style is a completely personal thing! It may sometimes fit in with fashion but it’s not necessarily the same. Great post ❤


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