TCC – Discovering My Style (Phase Two)

This is the most exciting  bit so far!! (Well, I think so anyway) I went through all of the sites, shops and accounts that I wrote on my checklist in the TCC – Discovering My Style (Phase One)  blog post, looked through everything, and made notes on everything that I was drawn to. After that I had a good long look at what I’d written down (mostly because I had no idea what I was talking about with the majority of the notes I had made – honestly, what does ‘scissor pencil’ mean and why did I write it?) and started a whole new list – patterns that I’d identified to show what I liked.

So, because I want to spare you from my confused and erratic ‘process of’ notes, instead I’ll just share the final draft of the patterns I found of the things that I’m drawn to and what I already know just isn’t me. So, bring on another list – I promise there are far fewer lists from here on in; there’s even a moodboard soon!

This is a culmination of all of my ‘research’ (how cool is it that browsing clothes and blogs online has just counted as research?!) it’s a very long list, I’ll warn you now, and I know that this isn’t the most exciting post for you to be reading, but maybe you could be thinking about what’s on my list that you might want to try yourself, or use the categories that I have to make your own list.

Things I already know aren’t my thing

  • Dark, monochromatic colours
  • Animal prints – as in leopard print, I like fabrics with actual animals on!
  • Sequins – make me look about three years old
  • Pointy-toed shoes – this ‘research’ has made me realise that I’m really picky when it comes to shoes!
  • Cowl necks
  • Square necklines
  • Maxi dresses made of jersey
  • Stuff that is long and straight up-and-down
  • Poncho
  • Cocoon dress
  • Tight skirted/ pencil skirt on a day dress
  • Bows

Identifying Patterns – What I like & Want to Try Wearing

Overall Vibe

  • Emilia Clarke in Me Before You
  • 1950s – 1960s era (this is very much a generalisation but I know what I mean)
  • Betty Draper
  • @Shinythoughts – My absolute style icon!
  • Iris Apfel

Individual Items

  • Cigarette trousers
  • Shirt dresses
  • Dungarees/ pinafores – don’t wear with gingham, I look like a farmer
  • Midi length, pleated, button down skirts
  • Spaghetti strap cami top
  • Gingham jumpsuit
  • Tie front top (New release of the SOI Penny dress would be perfect for this!)
  • Headscarf/ bandana
  • PJ style top – with notched collar and piping
  • Suede skirt
  • Jumpers
  • Loose-fitting shorts – cotton rather than denim, and not super short!
  • Exciting tights – patterned/ contrasting colour
  • Vintage style heels – Mary Janes/ cutout/ Swedish Hasbeens


  • Warm colours
  • Autumnal colours
  • Gingham
  • Yellow/ mustard
  • Small prints
  • Pastels
  • Blues
  • Primary colours/ super bright
  • Pink and red together (contraversial!) with gold jewellery
  • Burgundy
  • Black and white vertical stripes – like pinstripes
  • Stripes


  • Fit & flare
  • Fitted at the top and looser at the bottom trousers
    • mom jeans
    • cigarette trousers
  • Cropped top paired with something high waisted
    • co-ord
  • Oversized jumpers/ cardigans (but not an oversized top)
  • Button down skirts

Materials/ Fabrics/ Features

  • Patch pockets
    • Could make them heart shaped!!
  • Scalloped collar/ hem
  • Details – beading/ interesting collars etc.
  • Pom Poms
  • Pins/ badges – on pinafores and dungarees
  • Cool buttons
  • Colourful/ pastel stripes
  • Embroidery
  • Snazzy lining


  • Wear gold jewellery with pink + red
  • Tucked in shirts/ tops
  • Yellow accessories
  • Need more red accessories
  • Wear red lips with pink top
  • Brown leather bag
  • Rucksack
  • Belted waist
  • Statement necklaces
  • Lots of rings
  • Exciting socks

If you’d like to do this sort of thing yourself, I really recommend it! Spending an afternoon going through Pinterest, blogs, magazines and online shops is super fun and you end up with a much clearer idea of what sort of things you like when you put them into categories like this rather than just writing everything down in one massive list!