Lately, I've been fielding some questions about my personal style. With that in mind, I've distilled nine guiding principles.
Having moved 40 times in my lifetime, my connection with clothing reflects a nomadic spirit. My approach to fashion mirrors my artistic process—intentional, sophisticated, and resourceful. Instead of drowning in an overflowing closet, I embrace a curated wardrobe that radiates beauty and resonates with my personal affection for each piece.
My philosophy on getting dressed aligns with my perspective on making art. Here are nine concise tips encapsulating The Art of Getting Dressed:
1. Set Your Intention:
Begin with a purpose—to cultivate peace in your life. The ripple effect of how we feel extends to our surroundings. Less stress, minimal environmental impact, and ethical fashion choices contribute to a positive cycle.
Example: Before getting dressed for a busy day, set the intention to cultivate a sense of calmness. Choose clothing that not only suits the day's activities but also contributes to your overall well-being.
2. Begin Where You Are:
Start today with what you have. Wardrobe simplification is achievable on any budget. Like an art class, embrace the uniqueness of your closet. This is not a "paint by number" process; let your wardrobe be as distinctive as you are.
Example: Instead of waiting to have a perfect wardrobe, start decluttering and organizing your closet with the clothes you currently have. Embrace the uniqueness of each item and build from there.
3. Indulge Your Creative Urges:
Find joy in colors, textures, and the stories behind your clothing. Adopt Marie Kondo's principle of keeping items that "spark joy," with the caveat that they also fit well.
Example: Incorporate vibrant accessories or a statement piece that brings joy to your outfit. If a particular color or pattern resonates with you, use it as a creative expression of your personal style.
4. The Process Evolves into Ideas:
Embrace transformation rather than fixating on a fixed goal. The creative process is fluid; be open to inspiration and new ideas as your wardrobe evolves.
Example: As you experiment with your wardrobe, be open to evolving styles. Perhaps you discover a new combination that reflects your personality, challenging the fixed idea of what your style should be.
5. Be Kind to Yourself:
Overcome inhibitions with self-kindness. Harsh self-criticism hinders growth. Practice self-acceptance; your mind is a muscle, and what you feed it grows.
Example: Instead of criticizing your body or style choices, practice self-kindness. Choose clothing that makes you feel good, and recognize that personal style is a journey, not a destination.
6. Less is More:
Embrace the concept of a capsule wardrobe—fewer intentional pieces mean fewer decisions. Trust your choices to be intentional and well-thought-out, fostering a harmonious and timeless style.
Example: Build a foundation with neutral-colored basics that can be easily paired. This allows for a timeless and cohesive look, reducing the stress of coordinating different colors.
7. Letting Go:
Letting go is freedom. Embrace the idea that nothing is ever really gone. Clearing physical space opens room for new, beautiful creations in both your heart and mind.
Example: Donate or sell clothing items that no longer align with your style or values. Letting go of pieces that no longer serve you creates space for new and cherished additions to your wardrobe.
8. Consider Your Legacy:
Your wardrobe is a walking billboard. Reflect on the message your choices convey. Opt for fashion that aligns with the legacy you wish to leave.
Example: Choose sustainable and ethically produced clothing brands that align with your values. Your wardrobe becomes a reflection of your commitment to responsible consumer choices.
9. Have Fun with It:
Treat your body as a canvas to decorate. Enjoy the process; don't overthink. Dressing should be a joyful expression, not a daunting task.
Example: Experiment with bold accessories, try out different patterns, or mix unexpected pieces. Dressing becomes a joyful expression of your creativity rather than a rigid adherence to fashion norms.
In mastering The Art of Getting Dressed, let intention, creativity, and self-kindness be your guiding principles. Elevate your style and leave a lasting impression with every choice you make.
This blog was created to share my belief that the art-making process is a catalyst for transformation and personal empowerment. I am living proof.