Finding your personal style is perhaps a lifelong journey, but working through Into Mind’s “Personal Style & The Perfect Wardrobe” workbook was only 5 months long, though it was 4.5 months longer than I expected it would take me.
When this minimalist wardrobe workbook was first released in fall of 2014, I purchased it and shared excitedly about the journey I was going to embark on. But I didn’t realize then that it would take me so long to complete. Nor did I realize it would be so hard. However, now that I’m at a happy place with it, I can tell you that it was worth it.
Some quick context: Anuschka Rees founded and writes a popular blog about creating a minimalist wardrobe, Into Mind. Her posts are expert lessons in garment quality, intentional living, creating a signature look, and so much more. The workbook is no less intensive – each section is an in-depth and reflective exercise to get you closer to finding your personal style and how to manifest it in your wardrobe, but it requires focus and time.
Initially, I found the workbook overwhelming, and I frequently found myself skipping pages after the initial closet dissection and preference finding sections. Yet the further I got into it and the more times I kept coming back to it, I found it easier to answer the questions. In fact, by the time I really had let it settle in (months later), I suddenly had a very focused Pinterest inspiration board that represents my style aspirations, and it felt really easy to explain my style. In “Section 6: Style Concept”, I felt proud to be able to write a single sentence summarizing my style, define the color palette, and identify the essential elements. That might sound silly, but it felt like an achievement.
That said, I don’t think you need to fill out every one of the 85 pages. I also think you should give yourself a long span of time to work on it, knowing that you’ll want to do some work, and then go back to it later to see if your answers hold up.
I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in experimenting with the capsule wardrobe idea that is so popular these days. I would also recommend this to anyone who like me has a disconnect between what they like and what’s in their closet: perhaps you know what you like but still can’t understand why it’s so hard to get dressed in the morning, or you keep buying the same “wrong” thing over and over without realizing it. Or perhaps you have an overflowing closet with many personalities and you’re trying to find the one that feels most right at this point in your life.
If you’re trying to make a wardrobe change and you’re willing to put in the time, I say go for it! Buy the workbook, put a nice printed copy in a binder, and get out your colored pencils and old issues of Vogue. And please tell me how it goes if you try it too.
P.S. Just to be super clear, I paid full-price for the workbook and do not receive any commission if you purchase it. I just think it’s a great tool!
On an unrelated note, I will likely not be posting next week as I’ll be traveling to visit family. See you back here the following week!