How to Adopt a New Style

The Style Transformation

A new year means transformation and new beginnings. If you’re like me, you might be hoping to transform or tweak your fashion style a bit this year. Taking on a new fashion persona can be difficult if you want to avoid spending a ton of money on a new wardrobe. And sometimes when you’re testing out a new style you only like it for a season or so, so it’s best to minimize cost and effort until you’re sure it will stick. The trick is to incorporate a few key clothing pieces that can be mixed into your wardrobe, and then add accessories to complement your new look. Here are 7 of the most common style archetypes and how to incorporate them into your wardrobe. Use these key pieces as a guide or do a pinterest search and come up with your own, then fill in your style with the accessories.

Choosing Your Style Type

Classic– Classic style is usually the easiest to incorporate into your wardrobe, very chic, and timeless. The key pieces for a classic wardrobe are a high-quality white blouse or button down, a trench coat, and a simple sheath or pencil skirt. Accessories include a pair of simple pumps in black and nude, a structured bag, ballet flats, stud earrings, and scarves.

Glamorous– Glamorous style is fun, feminine, and eye-catching. Many celebrities have glamorous style. The  key pieces are a statement coat (something bold like faux fur or animal print), a  jumpsuit, a fitted dress that shows off your curves, and a pair of faux leather leggings. You can never have too many accessories with glam style. Incorporate heels (bonus points for fun colors, prints,  embellishments, or extra height), statement jewelry, hats, scarves, eye-catching clutches, oversized or cat eye sunglasses, and a red lip.

Romantic– Romantic style is feminine and flowing. The key pieces are a silky blouse, a lace-trimmed camisole, an A-line skirt,  and a floral dress. Accessories include heels, delicate necklaces, pearl earrings, statement earrings, and anything with a floral motif or a pastel hue.

Edgy– Edgy style is fun, often rock-inspired, and especially effortless and cool when mixed with another one of the style archetypes. Key pieces include a leather jacket, black jeans or faux leather leggings, distressed jeans, and t-shirts. Accessories include black boots or booties, oversized sunglasses, and chunky or studded jewelry.

Sporty– Sporty style is perfect for the woman who loves a good workout and is always coming from or going to a fitness class, and thankfully the athleisure trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Key pieces include a pair of high-quality leggings that go from class to errands, a lightweight jacket, a fitted sweatshirt, and jogger pants. Accessories include baseball caps, low sneakers in neutral colors like black, gray, and white that can go with everything, simple crossbody and tote bags, and aviator sunglasses.

Minimal– Minimal style is sleek, simple, neutral, and chic. Key pieces include an oversized coat, cropped trousers, sweaters (or blouses or t-shirts depending on the season) in neutral colors, and a midi length knit dress. Accessories include simple or dainty jewelry, loafers, simple neutral sandals, leather bags, and wayfarer or round sunglasses.

Bohemian– Bohemian style is feminine, flowing, creative, and perfect for those who love to mix patterns and textures. Key pieces include a kimono, a maxi dress or skirt, and a peasant blouse. Accessories include chunky belts and jewelry, sandals, booties, bags with fringe, scarves, hats, and round sunglasses.

The Mixup

If you know your style archetype and have it covered but want to try something a little different this year, an easy way to do this is to incorporate pieces from your sister style. Here’s a list of sister styles for each style archetype. Classic style blends beautifully with minimal style and maintains the same effortless chic factor. Edgy pairs well with everything, but especially glam style and sporty style. Romantic and bohemian style both exude femininity and flowing lines so they pair well together, but romantic style is also really easy to infuse with classic style.

Sisters From Another Mister…

Sister styles-

*Classic & Minimal

*Glamorous & Edgy

*Bohemian & Romantic

*Sporty & Edgy

*Romantic & Classic

How are you planning to update your fashion style this year?






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7 thoughts on “How to Adopt a New Style

  1. Great advice Courtney. I will use some the suggestions listed here and up my style this year!

    Thank you for sharing!


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