Every spring I do style exercises. Since style evolves, I’m always curious about how my personal style has evolved over the last year. Once I do my style exercises, I feel more comfortable coming up with a shopping list of items to add to my wardrobe. It makes my shopping very efficient plus I stay out of style ruts. Here’s one of my favorite style exercises.
Tic tac toe style
Here’s what you need for this style exercise: a tic tac toe grid, a pen, and a visual of something you love. (Not like, love.)
I’m crazy for tulips. Usually I buy red, orange, or purple tulips but last week I was attracted to these pink ones. They call them fancy tulips. It was right around the first anniversary of Mother’s passing (March 25th) and I had her on my mind. When I looked at them, my heart felt lighter. I brought them home, put them in my ceramic owl vase and then watched them do their thing over the next few days. They started out a blush pink but when they opened up, wow, they had a lot of color inside!
Describe your loved visual object
Looking at my vase of tulips on my office table, I start to describe the tulips. I use the center square of the tic tac toe to write Tulips + BK Style. Then I use the other squares in the grid to capture the words that come to me as I think about these tulips.
Question to ask oneself: Do you feel flattered by these words if they were used to describe you?
The next step is to look at the words and ask yourself: Would you feel flattered if people used these words to describe you? The trick to this exercise is that when you choose an object you really love and describe it, chances are you’re describing yourself!
So, let’s see if these words are words I’d feel flattered by if someone used them to describe me.
Dynamic yet feminine: Yes, I’d be flattered.
Lovely: Why that would be lovely!
Unpredictable: Maybe. I need to think about that.
Carefree: I wish! Seriously, I’d like more of that in my life.
Fun: You betcha.
Beautiful: Wow, I don’t even know if I can take that in but it would be nice.
A mind of my own: Well, yes! I’m in the decade of my life where I enjoy this mind of my own.
Next up is to use these words as your style direction.
This morning when I got up I challenged myself to create an outfit that used some of these style words.
When I looked in my closet, this newer sleeveless top seemed to fit the “lovely” part of the equation. Funny, I was curious when I bought it. I usually don’t go for dainty, feminine prints but I was very attracted to it. It’s graceful, has an ease about it at the neckline, and the floral print is…lovely! Then I added the chunky necklace which represents “dynamic, yet feminine.” Maybe even a little “unpredictable.”
I was going to be shopping with a client and I felt like wearing my black Theory slim fitting ankle pants. It was chilly so I wore my Dior-inspired blue Jigsaw jacket. Now that I think about it, next time I’d wear my blue “carefree” silk knit “creative” cardigan. And to add more “fun” to the outfit, I’d get a pair of flats for spring in red or orange. (They are going on my shopping list!)
I’ve added my blue eyeframes and on my ears are a lovely pair of earrings by Alexis Bittar, earrings my daughter Erin encouraged me to purchase this month. I thought for sure I’d be returning them for something else because they were so feminine and well, lovely, and I wasn’t sure if I’d wear them. (The joke is on me!)
Now I’m eager to play with these words and move my style more in this direction. I’m ready to have more “pink tulip energy” in my life!
Will you have fun with this exercise? I hope so! Do share!