How to Find Your Personal Style: 5 Tips to Get Started

According to Business Insider we only use 20% of the clothes in our closet. Isn’t that crazy? So don’t feel bad. You aren’t the only one screaming into your closet “I have nothing to wear”. One way to avoid having a closet full of items you don’t wear is to identify your personal style. Reduce those wrong style choices and save money in the process. It is important to buy only items that you love and that fit your lifestyle. Fill your closet with items that make you feel like the best version of yourself and make you the most self-confident.

Once you find your personal style it’s important to stick with it. Start building your wardrobe with your personal style in mind. This will give you the power to shop smarter. Just because it looks good on a hanger doesn’t mean it fits in with your lifestyle and or the style you are trying to create. Make sure you take time to think about your purchases in advance and resist the impulse purchase. Really invest the time in this process to think about what you need. If you really want to save money, reduce the items you don’t wear, and create a style for yourself, you need to set aside the time necessary to reflect. Your personal style is a reflection of who you are and deserves your attention.  Read on to find out what tips  to use to find your personal style.

5 Tips to Find Your Personal Style

  • Reflect on Your Lifestyle – Where do you spend most of your time and break it down into percentages. The items in your closet should reflect those percentages. 35% work, 40% Family, 15% friends, 10% Special Events, etc. This will help you examine your closet and find out where you have holes. These are the places where you need to focus on building more go-to pieces. For instance, did you have any occasions recently that you had nothing appropriate to wear? You want those go-to pieces to fit your lifestyle and make you feel most confident and comfortable. You will want to find ways to incorporate your style into items you will wear on a daily basis.
  • Get Style Inspiration – Look through Magazines (my fav), Pinterest, Instagram. What are your favorite outfits? Who do you admire style-wise? If you had all the money in the world how would you dress? As you pick out your favorite outfits and styles you will start to see patterns emerge. Once you see that pattern, begin to write down the key staple pieces and signature items you need in your wardrobe to make those looks happen. For example “Moto Jacket, Pencil Skirt, Floral Blouse, Statement Bag, Chandelier Earrings, etc.” This is a great way to shop smart and build your wardrobe with a style in mind. No more wasting money on items that don’t fit your style.
  • Put Your Favorite Looks into Personalities or Adjectives– I like to work in these buckets: Classic, Feminine, Edgy, Minimalist, Sultry, and Boho. Which category or categories do you gravitate towards most? This exercise will help you cement your style personality in your mind. As you become more aware of the styles you are drawn to try to only buy items that fill those buckets. There are so many choices out there it’s best to go in armed and knowing who you are and what will best fit the image you want to create. The temptation to stray is real, be strong and stick to your buckets.
  • Pick 10 outfits you LOVE from your Closet – and analyze them. What do you wear to work every day? Why do you always pick a particular item for cocktails with friends? Is there an item you constantly grab from your closet on a weekly basis. These are the items you want to purchase more of. Really knowing the items you love will make it easier for you to curate a closet that works best for your style. Look at the brands to see if there is a trend. Do you gravitate to solids or prints? Are there color patterns you like and look best on you? Color is so important in discovering your personal style, once you find your best colors stick to purchasing those color palettes, it is obviously working for you!
  • Pick 10 outfits you never wear from you Closet – and analyze them. Think about the times you felt uncomfortable in these items and why? Too short, too loud, not loud enough, too boring? Do colors emerge that you seem to avoid? Maybe you avoid a color because it’s a color that doesn’t work with your skin tone. You will want to avoid buying that color. Does it make you feel frumpy? Avoid those items. Not comfortable, too many embellishments, too sexy, etc. This exercise will help you realize the type of items you should avoid while shopping.  You are building the tools to help you remember that what looks good on the hanger may not necessarily be the best fit for you.

Alright, ladies, these tips should get you started thinking about your style profile. I want to inspire you to purchase items that match your style. The goal is to reduce the 80% percent of items in your closet that you never wear. No more wasting money on items you don’t wear. Start curating a closet that is practical and purposeful. Set aside time for yourself to proactively think about your lifestyle and what you need to be your most stylish and confident self. At Current Boutique, we specifically wanted to create a curated section for ladies to shop by their style to help with those buying decisions. Make sure you check out our “Shop By Look” section of our website. Please share tips on what has worked for you in identifying your personal style. I’d love to hear about it!

My Mom and Her Love of 1970’s Fashion

My mom’s fashion heydey was in the 70’s. As I flip through old photos I see how she rocked floral boho maxi dresses, figure flattering jumpsuits and slinky disco outfits. She called them her one-piece wonders. I remember her talking about bell bottoms and platform shoes being popular thanks to Sonny and Cher. Her wardrobe was an explosion of color and prints, a must-have in the 70’s. All of the styles seemed to highlight a woman’s assets which was a big departure from the conservative fashion of past decades. In today’s fashion you can clearly see the influence of the 70’s. Popular styles today include jumpsuits and maxi dresses that include small details paying homage to the 70’s with floral prints, delicate keyholes and bell bottoms.  From Halston to DVF, we have a lot to thank for 70’s fashion trends.

70's Inspired Fashion Today

Posh Poppies Jumpsuit
Posh Poppies Jumpsuit
$75.00
Spell Binding Jumpsuit
Spell Binding Jumpsuit
$68.00
Gold Maxi Dress
Gold Maxi Dress
98.00
Haute Halter Jumpsuit
Haute Halter Jumpsuit
$58.99
Floral Maxi
Floral Maxi
$75.00
One Piece Wonder
One Piece Wonder
$88.95
Floral Jumpsuit
Floral Jumpsuit
$75.00
Posh Poppies Jumpsuit
Posh Poppies Jumpsuit
$75.00
Spell Binding Jumpsuit
Spell Binding Jumpsuit
$68.00
Gold Maxi Dress
Gold Maxi Dress
98.00
Haute Halter Jumpsuit
Haute Halter Jumpsuit
$58.99
Floral Maxi
Floral Maxi
$75.00
One Piece Wonder
One Piece Wonder
$88.95
Floral Jumpsuit
Floral Jumpsuit
$75.00

One of my favorite designers of the 70’s is Halston. Halston gained fame for his attention getting glitz and glamorous designs. His fashion consisted of gold lamé and plunging necklines. Today his brand still evokes that 70’s nostalgia of the disco era. In honor of my mom and her love of 70’s fashion, I wanted to feature a Halston dress that would be worthy of Studio 54. I feel like I’m ready for an evening of glamour to dance the night away with Andy Warhol and Liza Minelli. Evening makeup of the 70’s was dramatic. I worked on creating the perfect wing with liquid eyeliner.  This look was very popular in the 70’s. My mom always wore her eyeliner perfectly winged and taught me how to apply it. She was a master makeup artist. Thank you mom for teaching me your technique! I love you to the moon and back! This post is for you.

Shop This 70's Look

Halston Metallic Gold Dress
Halston Metallic Gold Dress
$98.99
Gold Lariot Necklace
Gold Lariot Necklace
$38
M. Gemi Patent Leather Bow Heels
M. Gemi Patent Leather Bow Heels
$68.99
DVF Purse
DVF Purse
$156.00
Gold Fringe Earrings
Gold Fringe Earrings
$38.00
Halston Metallic Gold Dress
Halston Metallic Gold Dress
$98.99
Gold Lariot Necklace
Gold Lariot Necklace
$38
M. Gemi Patent Leather Bow Heels
M. Gemi Patent Leather Bow Heels
$68.99
DVF Purse
DVF Purse
$156.00
Gold Fringe Earrings
Gold Fringe Earrings
$38.00
Halston Metallic Gold Dress
Halston Metallic Gold Dress
$98.99
Gold Lariot Necklace
Gold Lariot Necklace
$38
M. Gemi Patent Leather Bow Heels
M. Gemi Patent Leather Bow Heels
$68.99
DVF Purse
DVF Purse
$156.00
Gold Fringe Earrings
Gold Fringe Earrings
$38.00

Cinco De Mayo Fiesta Must-Haves

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I love this day for so many reasons, Mariachi’s, Margarita’s, Tacos, Tamales, Guacamole, Chips & Salsa! Any reason to celebrate with family and friends to have a good time is alright with me.  My husband and I usually hit up one of our two favorite local Mexican joints Lauriol Plaza in D.C. or El Paso Cafe in Arlington.  On this popular holiday the wait is very long for a table at both locations.  It usually doesn’t matter because we have lots of catching up to do at the bar to pass the time!

History lesson before fashion. Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. My father is Mexican and he frequently reminds me that in Mexico Cinco de Mayo is a minor holiday. I love that fact that here in United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage.  So for that reason, I am all about it and today I am embracing the day!

I was on the hunt for a dress that was colorful and fun.  Mara Hoffman came to my mind quickly as she is known for her prints and punchy colors.  This is a great day to go for bold color and festive style.  I paired it with a hot pink Rebecca Minkoff crossbody.  She is another designer that loves to play with color so this was a great pairing in my opinion.  The platform wedges are Kate Spade and the straps are a rainbow of colors which I LOVE. These Kate Spade wedges will go with just about anything!

On the Current Boutique website there are a ton of great, fun prints and pops of color to choose from. Check out our curated collection of pre-loved gems. Whether you have a vacation planned to an exotic location or just having drinks at your favorite local spot you are bound to find something special.  Playful prints and pops of color are always in style!

Shop Fiesta Favorites

Mara Hoffman Lunar Eclipse
Mara Hoffman Lunar Eclipse
$82.00
Black & Gold Drop Earrings
Black & Gold Drop Earrings
$32
Hot Pink Rebecca Minkoff
Hot Pink Rebecca Minkoff
$68.99
Mara Hoffman Multi Abstract Print
Mara Hoffman Multi Abstract Print
$78.99
Black Oval Drop Earrings
Black Oval Drop Earrings
$38
Mara Hoffman- Multi-Color Geo Print Tank Sz S
Mara Hoffman- Multi-Color Geo Print Tank Sz S
$68.99
Mara Hoffman Lunar Eclipse
Mara Hoffman Lunar Eclipse
$82.00
Black & Gold Drop Earrings
Black & Gold Drop Earrings
$32
Hot Pink Rebecca Minkoff
Hot Pink Rebecca Minkoff
$68.99
Mara Hoffman Multi Abstract Print
Mara Hoffman Multi Abstract Print
$78.99
Black Oval Drop Earrings
Black Oval Drop Earrings
$38
Mara Hoffman- Multi-Color Geo Print Tank Sz S
Mara Hoffman- Multi-Color Geo Print Tank Sz S
$68.99
Mara Hoffman Lunar Eclipse
Mara Hoffman Lunar Eclipse
$82.00
Black & Gold Drop Earrings
Black & Gold Drop Earrings
$32
Hot Pink Rebecca Minkoff
Hot Pink Rebecca Minkoff
$68.99
Mara Hoffman Multi Abstract Print
Mara Hoffman Multi Abstract Print
$78.99
Black Oval Drop Earrings
Black Oval Drop Earrings
$38
Mara Hoffman- Multi-Color Geo Print Tank Sz S
Mara Hoffman- Multi-Color Geo Print Tank Sz S
$68.99

 

Shop Fiesta Earrings

Blue & Gold Tassel Earrings
Blue & Gold Tassel Earrings
$38
Black Bead Dangle
Black Bead Dangle
32
Pink & Golds Gemstone
Pink & Golds Gemstone
$38
Magenta and Gold Beaded Earrings
Magenta and Gold Beaded Earrings
$38
Mexican Inspired Earrings
Mexican Inspired Earrings
Blue & Gold Tassel Earrings
Blue & Gold Tassel Earrings
$38
Black Bead Dangle
Black Bead Dangle
32
Pink & Golds Gemstone
Pink & Golds Gemstone
$38
Magenta and Gold Beaded Earrings
Magenta and Gold Beaded Earrings
$38
Mexican Inspired Earrings
Mexican Inspired Earrings
Blue & Gold Tassel Earrings
Blue & Gold Tassel Earrings
$38
Black Bead Dangle
Black Bead Dangle
32
Pink & Golds Gemstone
Pink & Golds Gemstone
$38
Magenta and Gold Beaded Earrings
Magenta and Gold Beaded Earrings
$38
Mexican Inspired Earrings
Mexican Inspired Earrings

Shop Fiesta Pops of Color

Rebecca Taylor Blue Ruffle Silk Maxi
Rebecca Taylor Blue Ruffle Silk Maxi
$138
Calypso Blue Silk Wrap Dress
Calypso Blue Silk Wrap Dress
$78.99
Furla Yellow Leather Tote
Furla Yellow Leather Tote
$248.00
Shoshanna Bright Pink Halter
Shoshanna Bright Pink Halter
$84.99
Dolce & Gabbana Green Satin
Dolce & Gabbana Green Satin
$598.99
J Crew Collection Chevron Dress
J Crew Collection Chevron Dress
$98.99
Rebecca Taylor Blue Ruffle Silk Maxi
Rebecca Taylor Blue Ruffle Silk Maxi
$138
Calypso Blue Silk Wrap Dress
Calypso Blue Silk Wrap Dress
$78.99
Furla Yellow Leather Tote
Furla Yellow Leather Tote
$248.00
Shoshanna Bright Pink Halter
Shoshanna Bright Pink Halter
$84.99
Dolce & Gabbana Green Satin
Dolce & Gabbana Green Satin
$598.99
J Crew Collection Chevron Dress
J Crew Collection Chevron Dress
$98.99
Rebecca Taylor Blue Ruffle Silk Maxi
Rebecca Taylor Blue Ruffle Silk Maxi
$138
Calypso Blue Silk Wrap Dress
Calypso Blue Silk Wrap Dress
$78.99
Furla Yellow Leather Tote
Furla Yellow Leather Tote
$248.00
Shoshanna Bright Pink Halter
Shoshanna Bright Pink Halter
$84.99
Dolce & Gabbana Green Satin
Dolce & Gabbana Green Satin
$598.99
J Crew Collection Chevron Dress
J Crew Collection Chevron Dress
$98.99

Recycle your wardrobe for someone else to enjoy!

Earth Day is a great time to reflect and think of ways to protect Mother Earth.  A small step in the right direction is to consider recycling your wardrobe for someone else to enjoy! You can also shop consignment as a way to reduce consumption.

5 Incredible Ways to protect Mother Earth!

1)  Reduce waste and consumption. By consigning your clothing you are reducing waste and giving new life to your clothing for someone else to enjoy. By shopping consignment, you are participating in the circular economy by extending the life of the item which is in perfectly useable condition. High-quality clothing and natural fabrics are not cheap.  Shopping consignment gives everyone the opportunity to experience high quality, designer clothing that can last a lifetime if cared for properly.

2)  Care for clothes to make them last longer. At Current Boutique, we use a bunch of secret weapons to repair, remove stains, de-pill items and make them last longer. Every household should have a sewing kit, steamer, tide pens for spot cleaning, and a fabric de-piller to bring items back to life.  The goal is to help your items sustain longer use for yourself or for someone else to enjoy.  You should consider washing your clothes in cold water, delicate cycle and hanging them dry, this will help prevent unnecessary wear and tear.

3)  Operate on a less is more philosophy.  At Current Boutique, we help customers see the value of the items they are buying. Even on consignment, high-end items can be quite expensive.  While you may spend more money now, your items will last longer and you will save in the long run.  For instance, if you spend $88 on a cashmere sweater, it will last twice as long as a 2 or 3, cheap acrylic sweaters if cared for properly. Look for great craftsmanship and plan your purchases help reduce useless consumption of items you don’t need.

4)  Purchase the most sustainable fabrics.  Fabrics go through several chemical processes before they end up on store racks.  We can do our part in ethical and sustainable fashion by purchasing sustainable fabrics like linen, cotton, wool, rayon/modal, silk.  They feel best on the skin and you will enjoy wearing them. These items will get a lot of use and will be frequently grabbed from your closet. They will last longer which will result in fewer trips to the store for consumption.

5) Shop Sustainable Brands.  Some of our favorite sustainable brands at Current Boutique are Eileen Fisher, Reformation, Mara Hoffman, Stella McCartney.

 

 

How To Clean Out Your Closet: 5 Tips To Get Inspired

By Carmen Lopez

Spring is all about new beginnings, fresh starts AND the perfect time to clean out your closet! I love to hoard items I never wear.  Some are museum pieces, some pieces look great on the hanger and not on me.  I hold on to them for that one time I might need it, makes sense, right? The result I have an overflowing closet and overstuffed drawers.  I spend time and energy shoving pieces around to get to the ones I REALLY LOVE and wear. Every Spring I remind myself to get refocused.  I try my best to purge and clean out the clothing clutter.

Haven’t we all experienced the stress and anxiety of letting go?  It is not a fun experience, purging causes a mix of emotions.  You aren’t just letting go of the items but the memories they hold as well.  It is interesting to see the dread on people’s faces when they come in to consign their items.  The fear of never seeing their beloved items again (even though they don’t wear them) it is such a phenomenon. I try to remind clients the benefits of a clean, streamlined closet (ahhhhh joy).  I am here to tell you it feels AMAZING!  Occasional relapses of things starting to pile up are expected, just quickly remind yourself less is better.

The best method to jump start process is to dump everything out on your bed and one by one go through each item and put them in Yes, No and Maybe piles. (We do this at Current Boutique when going through consignor items). Consign or donate your “No” pile.  Revisit your “Maybe” pile later, it saves time just to keep going until all the items have been gone through.  The goal, everything in your closet you should LOVE, everything in your closet must be a hit! You should feel amazing when you wear it and it should bring out the best in you.  If you don’t love something in your closet, free yourself of it.  In the end, you will not be distracted by clothes in your closet that you have no intention of wearing.

Really analyze your “YES” pile and start to evaluate your style.  You will be able to prevent wrong purchases in the future and you will start to purchase items that go better with your current style. Pinterest is great at inspiring outfit combinations you may not have thought of.  If there is a piece you love and looks good on you but you struggle with what to pair with it jump on Pinterest for ideas.

When things start to pile up remember these 5 benefits of a functional, uncluttered closet

5 benefits of cleaning out your closet, pay attention this is good stuff here!!

  1. Free up space for things you LOVE! If you look good you feel good. People will appreciate your happy energy and confidence.  You will have that extra pick me up to get through the day in a positive way.  A better self-image will emerge.
  2. A streamlined closet saves time. You won’t have to shuffle things around you never wear, forgetting about items you own buried beneath the rubble and/or having to clean up piles of clothes you discarded on your floor.  You can grab and go when everything in your closet looks good on you and you love it
  3. A cleaner, uncluttered space, will make you more productive and happy. You will respect your space and want to maintain a clutter-free environment. You will want to avoid that a depressing hurricane of clothes everywhere.  The goal is to consistently monitor your space and make a habit of going through your closet to de-clutter.
  4. Save you money/Make you Money! A big obstacle with letting go of clothing is the fact that your hard-earned money was spent on it.  Consignment is a great way to recoup some of the investment made in designer clothing. If you have designer items in great condition sell them. Items of natural fabrics cashmere, silk, cotton, linen are sustainable, desirable items that tend to last a lifetime if cared for properly.  After evaluating your yes, no maybe piles you will better understand what works and doesn’t work for your style.  In the end, you won’t waste money on those “wrong” purchases that you never wear.
  5. Improve someone else’s life! Clothes too tight, not your color or style anymore. Reduce waste and consumption by letting someone else enjoy items that are just sitting in your closet collecting dust.  The new owner will appreciate the value of the cost savings.