A few months ago, I wrote a post about identifying your interior style through your personal style. I compared three well-known fashion bloggers' style to their style at home and concluded that if you’re unsure about your interior style, an easy way to uncover it is by simply looking in your closet.
I tasked my readers with some homework. I suggested they go in their closet, pick 5-10 of their favorite pieces, and start analyzing them. I asked that you consider the following:
STYLE: Are your pieces bohemian, feminine, preppy, casual..?
SHAPE: Are your favorite pieces loose and flowy or are they more fitted and tailored?
MATERIAL: What are the dominant fabrics and materials? Are they cotton, silk, brocade, leather..?
COLOR: Do you have mostly neutrals or do you have a lot of a particular color?
PRINTS: Do you have any prints? If you do, are they geometric, floral, stripes, animal..?
For the fun of it, I thought I’d write a follow-up post and analyze myself! I picked out a few of my most favorite items and photographed them in my apartment. Here’s what I found out…
First off, I don’t think this is a coincidence, but most of my favorite pieces are from my fall wardrobe. I’ve always liked my fall/winter wardrobe better than my spring/summer wardrobe and that right there is a huge clue to my overall style.
I love a comfortable and cozy home. I tend to gravitate towards heavier materials like velvet, wool and jacquard and the color palette of my apartment aligns with "fall/winter" colors rather than summer colors. So if for example, you picked mostly summer clothes, in light, airy materials, I’d imagine your home would still have a comfortable vibe, but it would be more beachy, or what I like to call "California cool."
my matryoshka doll dress
One of the most common parallels that I saw between my clothing and my style at home is that I tend to gravitate towards items that have a mix of cool and warm tones; especially the color combo of blue and red. Take for example, my matryoshka doll dress. It is one of my favorite dresses of all time.
Now, notice how this dress resembles so much of my apartment. When laid on the floor, it blends in with the rug. The color combo of the dress is also echoed in the color combo of the couch, in the bookcase, and in our art.
My multi-colored, vintage maxi skirt, is another one of my favorite pieces. It’s not something I wear every day, but it’s something I cherish. I purchased this skirt from eBay over five years ago and was initially drawn in by its pattern and shape. Again, take note of the juxtaposition of warm and cool colors.
The skirt is reminiscent of our color-coded bookcase and while editing these photos, I laughed when I noticed how seamlessly the skirt matched a piece of art we have.
On to my black Chanel bag. I found her at a consignment shop about ten years ago. To pay for her, I had to sell a bunch of clothing, which only covered half of the bag. The woman kindly put the bag on layaway while I saved up for the rest. I’m telling you this story because ten years later, I love this bag just as much, and maybe more.
I think the shape and style of the bag speak to the fact that I tend to like the classic interiors with French leanings. The hint of gold on the bag is similar to the brass accents I have scattered throughout my home. I guess it’s no surprise that one of my favorite accessories in my home is a shiny black ice bucket with a gold handle!
A new addition to my wardrobe is my romper. Again, you'll notice the warm/cool color combo in the pattern. I also recently purchased this jacquard pillow from West Elm. I mean…clearly, I have a thing for blue/white geometric patterns. It’s even echoed in the vintage plate I have on the mantel!
The last piece I want to talk about is this gorgeous camel coat. My grandfather was a renowned tailor, and this jacket brings up nostalgic feelings for me. I love it because it is stylish, effortless, and I have an appreciation for its simplicity. Like my Chanel bag, this coat indicates that I tend to gravitate towards classics interiors.
After analyzing some of my favorite clothing, I've learned the following about my interior/personal style:
OVERAL STYLE: I've decided to coin my style as "French bohemian"
SHAPE: Classic lines with feminine leanings
MATERIALS: Heavier, "winterized," fabrics
COLOR: Color enthusiast! I'm drawn to warm and cool color combos, especially blue and red together.
PRINTS: Unafraid of prints. I gravitate towards trippy, graphic prints or whimsey florals.
If you're still confused about your interior style, try out this exercise! I certainly gained more clarity about the foundations of my style and learned what shapes, materials, colors and prints I gravitate towards!
If you haven't had a chance to check out part one of this post, I urge you to do so!
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