Mamas, I'm excited. One of our readers, Ashley (from Portland, OR) recently ran through our easy method to determine your personal style. Ashley, a mom of a three year old and a one year old decided to create her quick-n-dirty style board on Polyvore. But she didn't stop there. She basically created a collage for each step of her analysis…resulting in a pretty fantastic in-depth look at determining personal style.
Keep reading below to see how Ashley figured out her personal style, and then, translated it into a super-cute outfit (babywearing, to boot!).
One of the first posts I read on Ain't No MomJeans was about finding your personal cool. The idea was to flip through magazines as fast as you can, ripping out any page that strikes a cord. Then, figure out what those pages have in common. And, voila! A style is born.
Well, I actually found some time and decided to give the method a try. Since I didn't have any magazines lying around, I went to the next best source: Pinterest.
First, I scrolled through the women's fashion section, clipping images to polyvore like a crazy woman.
Next, I went to my polyvore account and took a closer look at all of the images I clipped. I made a set that had the images grouped based on what they had in common. I made one with layers…
…one with patterns:
One grouping was of messy hair, another of denim. These groupings were followed by chunky knits, then a swath of warm colors…
I even created a group where every model had a hand or two in her pockets.
Then I tried to understand. My thinking went something like this:
The denim group is a no-brainer. I love wearing jeans. The chunky knits are probably there because I love to knit and crochet. And I love patterns: stripes, floral, polka dot, paisley, tribal. My favorite color is yellow, close second is orange, so duh on the warm colors. And my naturally curly hair is a mess no matter what. But what is with all those hands-in-pockets pictures? Are pockets a style? And uh…unicorn lady? (see below)
So then I started to look at the groups based on style types.
- The layers, chunky knits, and denim are all super cozy and comfortable. They are also full of texture.
- I love patterns. They keep things interesting. And I am very attracted to floral patterns, so I think that leans toward the pretty side of things.
- The colors are vibrant and lively
- The models with hands in their pockets are laid back (aha! That took some serious thought…)
- The unicorn lady is…a little strange
Finally I put the styles together and got: Cozy, laid-back, offbeat, princess
The next step? Making a wish list based on my style:
Now I can just implement my style boards when I get to go shopping. Keeping what I really like in mind will keep me from making purchases I'll regret because I never wear them.
Aaaannndd…here's a pic of Ashley in one of her cozy, laid-back, offbeat, princess outfits!
Love, love, love this! Ashley, I totally can see the cozy, laid-back, offbeat princess vibe you're rocking. Thank you SO much for sharing this exercise with us!!
ps. Did anyone else figure out their personal style? Send us the results – we'd love to see them!