Reader Dorothea introduced me to this idea, and I find it completely fascinating. She had been struggling to find inspiration for her own style, when she came across this innovative suggestion from Lisa Pippus. Basically, if you want to know how to dress (or accessorize) in a way that suits you and makes you feel happy, think about where you’d go on vacation if I handed you $5,000 and a plane ticket right now. It doesn’t even need to be a place you’ve actually visited, just somewhere that you long to be. Lisa was working with two clients when she first tried this tactic, and says:
“The first woman said New Zealand and when asked why she said for all the beautiful nature. She is a warm autumn in colouring and I immediately knew that pearls and ornate looking jewlery could be eliminated. She was delighted with the results. The second woman – a clear winter – said New York – for the energy and style. She had bought a beautiful dark blue outfit with a cowl neck during our shopping and wanted to accessorize it. Again I knew immediately what to eliminate – anything small, cute and natural. This was bold expensive looking statement jewelry.”
When I responded to Dorothea, I initially said I could see this working for accessories, but not clothes because a person could get hung up on the pragmatics of a location. My heart was left in Edinburgh years ago, and I know I’d need rain boots, scarves, and layers to keep me warm and dry … and then I realized, those things are what I love wearing best. I mean tall boots not rain boots, but still!
Could this system work for you? Think about where you’d most like to vacation for a month. Then think about your clothing and accessory preferences. If you dressed like your beloved location, would that work for your style?