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Elevate Your Personal Style in 2022

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Is 2022 the year you are finally going to make your personal style a priority? I sure hope so! Personal style is not just about the clothes you wear. It is about the way you wear them to make yourself look your best. It is about expressing yourself without even having to speak! It is about bringing confidence to your life.

Every morning, you start your day in your closet. It sets the tone for every interaction you will have throughout the entire day; why not make it the very best you can? The only way you will achieve this, though, is if you are true to yourself. 

Follow this process and watch your personal style shine through!

1. Audit your closet once per year. Even better, do it twice. My clients go through their closets with me twice per year so that we can assess each upcoming season. A lot can change in a year, which is why it’s so important to go through piece by piece to assess what is working and what isn’t. 

2. Have a style session in your closet. Try to put together a few outfits from what you already own and try them on. Make notes to yourself about what you like and dislike about them. Take photos so you can see these outfits someplace other than a mirror. Does the outfit feel like you? Does this style speak to your personality? 

3. Make a shopping list. Identify pieces that you need in your wardrobe that make sense to your lifestyle and your personal style. You wouldn’t go to the supermarket without a grocery list, would you? I certainly don’t, because if I did, I would come home with a lot of unneeded items. The same goes for your closet. If you shop from a list, you will be bringing in only the necessary items that you need.

4. Get inspired. Everyone is so busy all the time, so it is key to block out some time to get inspired! I always suggest looking at Pinterest or Instagram to see styles that catch your eye. Save them to a board. 

5. Find your style. After you have gathered your inspirational photos, go back through and ask yourself: Do I like this for my current lifestyle? Does it work with my body type? Is it a color I will wear? Where am I wearing this? Can I incorporate this with something I already own? Keep the styles that work for you; delete the ones that don’t.

By: Abby Wood

Abby Wood is a wardrobe stylist and style blogger in Kansas City, and her education in design plus retail experience make her an expert in fit, fabric, style and trends. Her professional experience in fashion began with an apprenticeship with a bridal designer, shifted to creating and showing her  own line, moving up to management and training at a retail level and now professional styling as an independent consultant. Abby loves to help individuals develop and evolve their own sense of style.