How Interior Design Helped me with Fashion

From a very young age I was interested in decorating.  My bedroom was my playground for experimenting.  Then as a young married woman, I began making my house (apartment) a home.  It was not until I began interior design courses that I really honed in on the technical skills behind pulling a design together.  Now as an interior designer, I am frequently asked by friends and family to weigh in on decor choices they are making.  One piece of advice always comes out of my mouth: have a design plan before you make any purchases.

How Interior Design Helped me with Fashion

Having a vision and a distinct path on which to go can lead to a room you dreamed of and can also have you avoid making expensive mistakes.  When I came up with a design plan for my own living room it took me years to implement because of a limited budget.  I saved for each piece as I could and then made a confident purchase.  It could have easily gone off course if I had wavered, but I stuck to it and am beyond thrilled with the results.

How Interior Design Helped me with Fashion

I recently discovered that same philosophy applies to how I select fashion for myself.  It struck me so much when I was watching the most recent episode of Love, Lust, or Run when Stacy London said something like this to her guest:

Don’t buy pieces, buy outfits, have a vision for yourself of how you want to look.

Ever since I adapted my broad style aesthetic of Vintage Boho as well as my style philosophy of WWAD (What Would Anthropologie Do), I have found that the thoughts of “I have nothing to wear” are far and few between.  You know those moments when you are standing there, looking at all your clothes just hanging there and you like each piece individually, but none of them go together.  Ya, I’ve been there and I know you have too!  Hey, I have talked to so many women tell me one way or another that same version of story.

How Interior Design Helped me with Fashion

That scenario has now changed to: Wow, I can wear this top with practically every pant that I own!  What I have really noticed is how others are taking notice.  My husband is picking out things at stores saying “this look like you”.  I am getting comments on Instagram like “this is so your style”.

So why am I telling you all this?

I want you to have a fashion style plan of your own.  It does not mean that you have to look like you are wearing the same outfit every day of the week, it means that you have a signature that represents you and your personality.  I want you to be excited to shop your own closet and come up with loads of outfits that you love.  I want you to “design from your closet” too!

There are all kinds of style quizzes you can take and to be honest I love taking them, but that is not where I am headed today.  Take some time today, this evening, this weekend, whenever, just take some time and dedicate it to jotting down some notes to help you devise of plan.  I have no idea where you are coming from as far as fashion knowledge.  You may have an idea of what you like and then I have met some ladies that say to me “I don’t know what I like”, so to me I would say if you have not already, start on Pinterest.  Begin an board called My Style and pin outfits that you like to it.

Do this over a period of time at different moments you have and after a while you should start to see a pattern.  This is where the plan comes in.  You do not really need to come up with some fancy name for your signature style, what is important are the details and features of the outfits you have saved.  Look beyond the outfit and write down common colors, patterns or solids, silhouettes, shapes, necklines, hemlines, fabrics… Also, you can list more mood type of adjectives such as chic, streamlined, earthy…  And how you want to feel: strong, feminine…  Do you get where I am going?

How Interior Design Helped me with Fashion

Just so you know where I am coming from, here is my list for reference:

  • Vintage
  • Bohemian
  • Whimsical
  • Global Inspired
  • Edgy
  • Bold
  • Creative
  • Artistic
  • Sweet
  • Handcrafted Feel
  • Mixed Media
  • Mixed Patterns
  • Color
  • Embroidery
  • Lace
  • Crochet
  • Ikat
  • Florals
  • Tribal Prints
  • Watercolor
  • Polka Dots
  • Stripes
  • Leather
  • Texture
  • Trim
  • Fringe

This my friends, is your fashion plan.  When you have this list of details you start to gravitate towards pieces that truly are your style.  Those pieces now have a congruent thread that binds them together which in turn can equate to outfits for you.  This by no means is going to mean everything you have in your closet is going to go together, but it does mean your options are much greater.  (Did I just make a sentence with the word “mean” three times in it?, oh well.)

So there you have it, this is how I turned my knowledge from interior design and applied it to fashion.  In fact, this entire descriptor list of mine is pretty much identical to what I have in my own home, so that is a good place for you to get cues from too.  Go out there and create a vision for yourself.  By taking a bit of time, you will be surprised how much it will change the way you look at your closet.

Today’s Postivity Note

Your wings already exist, all you have to do is FLY.

Be Blessed!


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  1. OMG I love this post Janeane, everything you wrote I was like yes and I need to do. I kind of have an idea of what styles I like but I like to dress how I feel and when I get lost is when I’m like what am I feeling and I think that’s why sometimes I’m like I have nothing to wear. But I love your suggestions and I’m probably going to take a some fashion quizzes and look at my own pinterest board! But I love how you bring your design background to fashion, I think its so amazing!

    ❤ Nina

    1. I am so glad you enjoyed it Nina. This process helped me so much and now I don’t even need to look at my list of descriptors any more. You already have an innate eye for style, so you should not have a problem defining what you like.


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