We’ve all done it: bought something that we later regretted, only for it to be shoved to the back of our wardrobes, with the tags still on. Often, it’s something that’s not quite aligned with our personal style and doesn’t go with what we already own. But how do we avoid making such mistakes moving forward?
The Three-word method – is an approach that can help us all streamline our wardrobes.
A lot of people don’t necessarily have the language to define their style. As a result, they are buying a tonne of clothes and trying out a bunch of different trends, without really taking the time to pause and understand: ‘Who am I? What do I like? Why do I like it? And how can I cultivate a style that feels uniquely me?
The method does exactly what it says on the tin, helping you to land on three words to encapsulate your personal style.
The first word has a practical element.
This is a word that we find by looking at what’s actually in your closet.Take the things out of your closet that you wear all the time – not necessarily the things that you love, but the things that you wear the most often. What words can you use to describe these things? It’s a shorthand to establish your baseline.
I discover that my first word is ease, via the dresses I throw on for work to the tracksuits I turn to when staying in. My friends meanwhile, is classic. For her, it’s a lot of blazers, a lot of jeans – it’s a classic silhouette.
The next word is aspirational.
You can find this word by either looking at your Pinterest board or your saves on Instagram. Or even just thinking about a celebrity or [influencer] whose style you really love, then asking yourself what words you would use to describe that style.
The last word in 3 word method is more of an emotional word.
To prescribe a feeling. Some people say sexy or powerful or comfortable. Mine is elegant because I usually get almost all the way there and I just want to be a little bit more sophisticated or polished.
Of course, the three-word method isn’t an exact science, but it can help us adopt a more sustainable approach to our wardrobes, avoiding waste in the process. Mostly it’s just being intentional and smart about what you’re buying, and only buying things that you love.