On our FB Insiders group some time ago, I had started chatting with Amanda about her personal style. We had just published our updated guide to finding your personal style, and Amanda had just run through our exercise herself. She had a resulting style board to show for her efforts, but wasn’t quite sure where to go from there. What was her personal style — in words, not pictures — and how does that translate to her life?
Amanda also knew she wanted to branch out beyond her usual t-shirt and jeans but…to what?
Amanda’s Personal Style
So we started talking. Amanda sent over her style board…in two different screenshots (ha!), but I put it together as best I could because function > fancy.
Truthfully, I couldn’t quite figure this one out. There seemed to be a mix of things Amanda genuinely liked — in a heart-beat-fast kind of way, as well as outfits she thought she could easily re-create. And while outfit ideas are useful things, I really wanted to hone in on her loves, whether practical or no. (If that doesn’t make sense, read our guide.)
Anyway, I had Amanda circle her favorites.
Frankly, I was still a little stumped. Amanda’s personal style was obviously rooted in classics…but there was something else, some element of fun that I was missing. So we got on a Zoom call.
It turns out that Amanda’s style is classic, but not in a minimalist or conservative way. Instead, Amanda’s style skewed…playful. You can see that influence in the bright colors, the vibrant patterns. I was still puzzled by her boho picks, though. I wanted to make sure we were fully defining her style. These boho vibes, we ultimately figured out, were included not because she necessarily likes a bohemian, Free People-esque style, but because she’s drawn to fun, casual pieces. These pieces take her classic style in a less serious, a more playful direction.
Amanda’s personal style, then? Easy, playful, classic.
Her best website for shopping? Boden. Not only do they do easy, playful classics so freaking well, but most pieces come in tall sizes (Amanda is 6ft).
Amanda’s Easy, Playful & Classic Capsule Wardrobe (Inspo For Tall Women, Too)
With Amanda’s style in mind, the fact that she’s trying to veer away from jeans, her height and her preference for fitted rather than voluminous pieces…here’s what we came up with. Not all pieces are from Boden (we like a little diversity in our retailers), but we did start there.
NOTE: Amanda, things have been selling out so quickly that we’ve had to re-do this over and over and I finally just decided to publish the darn thing. Most of these pieces are in-stock, but not all. Sorry about that — hopefully, if nothing else, this will serve as inspiration.
1. Key Outfit Piece: A Striped Midi Dress
A striped midi dress will have the extra length Amanda needs, and alllllll of the classic, modern vibes. Best of all, Amanda could take this dress in a decidedly playful direction with bright accessories (or even pair with a floral scarf of a fun, mixed-print look).
Amanda, since you are so tall, the bright Everlane sweater could easily be layered over the dress to make it less fancy. It might read almost as cropped — which is exactly the proportion that works here. And feel free to swap out the cute shoes for sneakers. Especially some canvas Supergas — which are very classic, but come in fun colors.
2. Key Outfit Piece: Easy Linen Pants
Um. It’s gonna be a chore for Amanda (or anyone, really) to find tall linen pants that are still in stock, but I think the search is worth it. Personally, I love the idea of going with an unexpected, bright pair…and then styling with neutral pieces and fun accessories for playful-but-classic look, but even navy would work.
Amanda, try tying the linen button-down at the waist, but rolling the sleeves. It’ll be a good balance between classic and easy.
Also, try knotting that tee at the waist. Buy a size up to make sure there’s enough fabric to do this.
3. Key Outfit Piece: Knit Midi Skirt
I’m totally digging this idea. Instead of jeans, swap ’em out for a comfy knit midi. This particular one is from NAADAM, a sustainable brand, and also has a matching ribbed knit tank available. Together, they’ll spoof a dress, but are also completely versatile on their own.
Again, try knotting that tee at the waist.
4. Key Outfit Piece: Unusual Shirting
One way to make Amanda’s denim feel fresh again is to pair it with top made from classic shirting…but in a modern, updated shape. I love Everlane’s subtle striped top, but there are a ton of really fun ones out there. It hits that playful-classic vibe perfectly.
5. Key Outfit Piece: A Seriously Fun Jumpsuit
Amanda, I think you need one unapologetically fun, printed piece. My vote is this playful Boden jumpsuit. It’s made from comfy (and stretchy) ponte (so easy!!) and is available in tall sizes. Wear with flat sandals, wear with sneakers, don’t take it too seriously. It’s doesn’t need to be ‘just for good’.
Amanda, I hope this helps!
Gang, if anyone else wants to play along, run through our exercise to define your personal style…then send your style board over to hello (at) themomedit (dot) com!
ps. Abby, thank you for the help pulling these outfits together!