Having a clearly defined sense of style makes life a lot easier. Armed with a clear picture of what works for your personality, body type, and lifestyle makes shopping a breeze. Whether browsing the racks in a brick and mortar location or scrolling through images from the comfort of home, your time spent culling through all the offerings can be cut in half because you have a vision for what you need and want. A signature style also makes it easy for others to surprise you with an occasional closet treat by taking away a ton of stress and anxiety over whether something they picked out is perfect for you, freeing them to shop at ease and with efficiency.
Take these houndstooth pants, for instance. They are a surprise gift I received from an aunt who lives 1800 miles away. She really has no idea what garments hang in my closet or what shoes line my shelves, but she knows I love prints, tailored pants, anything with a 60s mod vibe, and clothing that is versatile enough to wear to work and on the weekends. My aunt totally nailed it with these houndstooth pants, partly because she has impeccable taste, but also because my style sensibilities are clearly established in my day to day wear that she was able to purchase a surprise for me with confidence.
These pants immediately fit into my closet and have become a work week staple. They have classic lines, an interesting print that pairs well with any color, and a quirky vibe that meshes well with my style aesthetic. They are also extremely comfortable, so they are pants that can go straight from a day of work to an evening of fun.
These houndstooth pants were just begging to be styled with a great pop of color and some mod touches. This mustard knit from Old Navy is one of the smartest purchases I made this season as it pairs well with skirts, as seen here, and adds an elevated note to a casual look. It has a bit of a school girl charm that reminds me of something a style conscious students would have worn during the 60s. To play off that, I stuck to accessorizing with an oversized black bow, which lends some quirkiness that pairs nicely with the print in the pants and the shoes. A girl might be serious about fashion, but she shouldn’t be too serious, right?
If you are unsure about your personal style I would love to help you have a clearer picture through a personal tutoring service that best meets your wardrobe and financial needs. If a personal stylist isn’t in the cards right now, Pinterest is another great way to begin to get a clear picture of who you are style wise. After a few weeks of pinning away, take a look back through the images you have curated and note colors, shapes, textures, and styles that crop up again and again. Those repeaters will help you narrow down an aesthetic that you long for and can help you begin to shape your wardrobe to better reflect the loveliness your heart desires. Follow Style Tutor on Pinterest for more inspiration as well!
Style Notes: Old Navy sweater (fall 2014) / Ann Taylor shirt (summer 2014; love) / ASOS bow (winter 2014) / Old Navy pants (winter 2014) / Halogen shoes via Last Chance (old; similar) / Loft sunglasses (summer 2014; similar)