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7 Questions to Ask Before You Buy That Hero For Your Wardrobe

By Imogenl @ImogenLamport

how to choose a hero garment for your outfitHow do you go about choosing or buying heroes for your wardrobe? I’m fine with the supporting cast, but worry about making an expensive mistake with something as visible as a hero. I tend to stick with using accessories for interest, but would love to splash out on something fab for the wardrobe.

This question popped up in my inbox recently and so I thought I’d share my thoughts here on the best way of choosing or buying hero garments and accessories to make your outfits really work and more exciting and interesting, yet not waste money on something that doesn’t work for you.

hero duster jacket

Here is my most recent hero, a soft floaty duster/kimono jacket.  What made me choose it?

  1. It’s in my signature colours
  2. I love the pattern
  3. I like the feel of the fabric, it’s soft and silky which I really like
  4. I can see myself wearing it in  many ways – it’s versatile – I can wear it with jeans, with a skirt, over long sleeves or spaghetti straps.  I can wear it casually or for more dressy occasions.
  5. It goes with many items I already own in my wardrobe
  6. It goes with my style statement of Functional Individualist

Hero necklace - how to choose a hero accessory

Here is another hero – a lace necklace.  What makes it work?  Again:

  1. It’s in a signature color (my eyes)
  2. It works with many items in my wardrobe already
  3. I can dress it up or down
  4. It’s comfortable to wear
  5. It suits my personality style statement of Functional Individualist

How to choose a hero item for your wardrobe

And my third hero of the day – this little shrug style jacket – again why does it work for me?

  1. It’s neutral so goes with many colours
  2. It’s able to be worn over a variety of tops (giving it versatility), but can also be dressed up or down
  3. It has interesting detail and pattern that I really like, it’s different and unique
  4. It’s comfortable to wear and adds that bit of warmth (that’s super important to me as I run cold)
  5. It suits my style recipe!

So what have you noticed about what makes a hero work?  Before you buy consider:

1. Can I wear dress it up and down?

2. Does it work with a variety of existing pieces in my wardrobe? Could I include it as part of a wardrobe capsule?

3. Is it a color and style that really flatters me?

4. Does it feel comfortable on me?

5. Do I love the detail or pattern?

6. Does it represent my personal style statement or recipe?

7. Do I feel like “me” in a great way when I’m wearing it?

And of course, as a hero, it has to be more different, more interesting, more detailed than your support acts, otherwise it’s just another staple, not a hero piece!

Why not look through your wardrobe at the heroes and ask yourself why you love them and why they work?  Doing this will help elucidate what you love as a hero and what works particularly for you!


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