Simplify Your Life in 30 Days

Simplify your life challenge: Day 15

Day 15: Simplify your life - define personal style

This is my journey through the 30 Day Simplify Your Life challenge. If you would like to join in, you can get the ebook here and follow along.

Resources:
The official Youtube video for “Define Your Personal Style” week, by muchelleb.

I am working through the challenge in an order that suits me best, instead of directly following the set challenge order. Feel free to do the same!

Day 15: Define your personal style

Day 15: Simplify your life - define personal style

Day 15 in the official challenge is actually ‘Category of your choice’ but I haven’t done this yet. So today we are covering what is officially Day 24 of the challenge: “Define your personal style”. This is a continuation of the mental decluttering phase of the challenge.

If you read last week’s update for the ‘show gratitude‘ challenge, you will know that this week will be a fun one. We are defining my personal style and as someone with a soft spot for clothes and Pinterest, I’m keen.

The first step in this challenge was to choose two words to describe your style. Now this is a pretty challenging one for me because I have a different style just about every day. Sometimes I wear dark reds, leather, studs and converses, other days I will be in white linen and Greek sandals while still other days I’ll go full corporate because why not. Sometimes you will even find me in floor length fur coats or sparkly bomber jackets. You just never know.

Sparkly bomber jacket
When you realise that a pink velvet top and rose gold glitter bomber jacket are the ultimate pair

So finding just two words to encompass every wild outfit I put together was hard! But after many ponderings, I think I came up with a couple that are just vague enough to stay generally relevant but just specific enough to sound like I have at least tried applying a ‘definition’ to the wild menagerie that is my style.

  • Classy and timeless
  • Fun

They’re pretty broad, I know. But those are the two words that have always been foundational in my wardrobe. You will find no low cut neck lines, no super short skirts, no tube tops, no super short crop tops and nothing that screams ‘she is out to party tonight’. It’s just not my thing.

Casual linen jacket and ripped jeans
Me looking awkward in a linen jacket and ripped jeans combo with some cheeky leopard print shoes for good measure

I also typically don’t buy into fashion trends because when I buy something, I want to love it and wear it for a long time. Over the years I have perfected the art of ‘fun yet fabulous’ to make sure I still get that timeless and classy vibe while wearing something wonderfully obscure like a gold sequin blazer or champagne velvet pants (yeah, that caught your attention, didn’t it. I have those too). So I think those two words would be pretty accurate for defining my style.

Work outfit - pencil skirt
Flashback to the day I went to work looking like either a primary school teacher or a Catholic school girl

The next step was to define your colour palette. Mine is pretty broad although I do have some favourites:

  • Grey
  • White
  • Black
  • Darker Greens
  • Blue (Light and Navy but typically avoid the mid tones)
  • Light Pink
  • Nudes (Oatmeal, Cream, Ivory, Camel)
  • Red (for an occasional pop of something different)
  • Tan (that’s all in the accessories. No black bags for this girl.)
  • Mustard

Pretty broad colour palette, I know. But in general I lean towards the neutral tones or the muted colours. It is very rare that you will see me in something with a strong bright colour but then again, that happens too sometimes, just for fun.

Orange work outfit
If there is colour involved, go hard or go home

The next stage was to make a list of things you don’t wear. You are supposed to try and make this list as long and specific as possible, to help make sure you don’t buy something you regret later.

This is my list, although it is pretty short because I do have a pretty broad style.

I don’t wear:

  • Busy or bold prints (particularly large florals)
  • Brightly coloured or patterned jeans (even stripes are too much for me)
  • Strapless tops and dresses (there has only been one exception to this rule and I wear a large necklace with that top to break up the vast wasteland that is my exposed neckline)
  • Deep necklines (I’m a fan of showing off the collarbone, back and shoulders. No cleavage or underboob here, thankyou).
  • Pointy shoes
  • Super high heels (I believe about 4.5 inches is my max)
  • Polyester (this is a new one so a lot of my wardrobe is polyester but I want to avoid it for future purchases)
  • No skirts or dresses with a hemline above mid-thigh (only exception is a beach dress to throw over swimmers)
  • No obvious fashion trends (some trends are versions of timeless styles and this is acceptable. I am referring to painful trends that are in and out within the year such as plastic pants, chunky sneakers and pleather mini skirts).

The list seems a lot longer now that I have typed it up. But I suppose it’s good to be thorough!

Summer casual outfit
This is about the lowest neckline you’ll see me in. Note the rose gold sparkly shoes. Love a good sparkle.

The final stage is the fun part. This is where you create a Pinterest board for your personal style. I already had one that I made about a year ago and everything on there is still pretty true to my style. Love me some good layers! This is it, if you’d like to have a look. I was never huge on Pinterest until I got engaged and realised just how much I needed it in my life for wedding planning. There are a lot of fun things on there these days, if you’d like to have a scroll.

Casual Style Pinterest Board

I even have a board for work-casual, if that’s more up your alley. You’ll notice I love a good coat:

Work Casual Pinterest Board

So satisfying to look at.

So that’s it for this week. A bit of fun for your Thursday, I hope you enjoyed.

Side note: You’ll notice I did two of these minimalism posts in a row instead of my usual alternation. That’s because I’m working on another side project at the moment that is sucking my creative juices a bit. So if I’m doing these weekly for a bit, just bear with me. The other posts will return. For now though, I hope you are still enjoying my journey to minimalism. I know I am!

Have a happy week

~ Alice Maisie

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