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There are so many style rule and do’s and don’ts out there it can be hard to know which rules to follow and which ones to ignore. Normally I would tell you to ignore them all and wear whatever you what however you want. However, when I was creating my autumn capsule wardrobe and thinking about my style goals for the coming season I started to think about creating some personal style rules. So rather than the usual style rules you’d find in a magazine these are personal to me and my wardrobe. I wanted to create my own personal style rules to help me make the most of my capsule wardrobe and my personal style goals. This post isn’t about me insisting you follow my rules but is more about me putting my own style rules to paper (or type?). You may find a couple of these personal style rules resonant with you or may be sat wondering what on earth I’m on about.

Clothes should be comfortable

This one should be pretty obvious of course, the clothes I wear should be comfortable. But I’m sure we’ve all found ourselves wearing something that’s too tight, too big or just isn’t our style for some reason. This season I want to focus on being comfortable in every outfit I wear. That doesn’t mean wearing my trackie bottoms out everywhere, but rather choosing pieces which fit right and are my style. The same goes for shoes, I’m way too old for uncomfortable shoes. This season I will only wear comfortable shoes, no shoe is worth sore feet.

Focus on quality

No prizes for guessing I was only to mention quality. I think a big part of creating a more ethical and sustainable wardrobe is purchasing high-quality clothes. If I do need to buy anything I want to make sure I buy the best quality I can afford. I also wanted to try to buy from ethical brands if I can. I know this will cost me a little more in the short term, but it will also save me money in the long term.

If it’s not worn, it goes

I love having a more minimal wardrobe and want to make use of everything I own. If I find I’m not wearing any of the pieces in my wardrobe I plan to get rid of them. I’ll do this by selling them or donating to charity so someone else can use them. There is no point in having something sitting in my wardrobe unworn when someone else would love to wear it.

Simple is best

I’ve learnt a lot about my personal style over the last year of capsule wardrobes. One of the main lessons is that I like simple clothes. I see others wearing bright colours and pattern and love it on them, but I will always choose to wear more simple styles. I like to keep my outfits simple and prefer simple pieces which can be mixed and matched. There is some pattern in my wardrobe but it is mostly made up of simple styles. Simple works best for me and my personal style. At the end of the day, I’ll always be a jeans and a t-shirt kinda girl, and you can’t get simpler than that.

Dress for the lifestyle I have

I think we’re all a little guilty of dressing for out fantasy lifestyles every now and then. This season I want to focus on dressing for the lifestyle I have, this means working from home, walking the dog with the occasion blogger event or date night. I don’t need smart office clothes or dresses for nights out. My lifestyle is casual and my wardrobe should reflect that. I want my wardrobe to work for the lifestyle I have right now and of course, if my lifestyle changes then my wardrobe will too.

Mix, Match & Repeat

My autumn capsule wardrobe is made up of simple pieces which can be mixed and matched to create lots of different outfits. This kind of style works really well for me as I discovered during my 10×10 style challenge earlier this month. I have no problem with outfit repeating and think if you’ve created an outfit you love you should wear it again and again. I certainly intend to continue to repeat my favourite outfits this autumn as well as mixing and matching to create lots of new outfits.

So there you have it, my 6 personal style rules for autumn. Do you have any personal style rules you like to follow or do you believe rules are meant to be broken?

6 personal style rules to help me make the most out of my capsule wardrobe and achieve my personal style goals

3 comments on “My Personal Style Rules”

  1. I really enjoyed this post! I am a charity shopper at heart and in the past I know that I have bought things that either aren’t comfy or like you say dressing for a fantasy life. Gorgeous dresses for going out but with nowhere to go and so recently I have tried to buy a lot more dresses that are beautiful but I can wear during the day without looking ott.

    Charlotte | http://www.shoestringchic.co.uk

    • I love that you’ve found a wear to wear the dresses you love during the day, it can be tough to resist all those beautiful party dresses.

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