What’s Your Fashion Formula? 5 Questions To Ask

You’ve heard it before, successful people adopting a “uniform,” a style or way of dressing that both saves time and ensures they always look their best. Some of your friends or acquaintances may have streamlined their daily habits and personal style and opted for a simpler way of dressing. Interested? It’s as simple and easy as answering a few questions, and then establishing and executing your desired outcome or goal. Just think – your morning routine will become a breeze.


1. What does your daily environment require?
Do you have a business or casual dress code, or a combination of both?

2. What do you wear most often? Dresses? Jeans? Pants, etc.? Not sure? Write it down.

3. What do you feel and look your best in?

4. What do others tend to compliment you on?
Your favorite black dress? A particular pair of jeans?

5. What items in your closet do you gravitate to the most? Write it down.


Developing a fashion formula and right-sizing your wardrobe offers many benefits, such as:

  • You will gain valuable closet space. Depending on where you live in the DMV, this can often mean a lot if your closet is as small as mine. (They must have used a fashion formula in the 1940s – closet space clearly was not as essential.)
  • You will free your mind from worrying what to wear each day. Adopting a signature look allows you to concentrate your energy on other things, i.e., your business, family, hobbies, exercise.
  • You won’t be beholden to every trend that emerges. And if you are a consistent trend follower, like me, don’t give it up; instead incorporate the fashion trends that fit your formula, i.e. shoes, jewelry, jackets, jeans, etc., and add it to your rotation.
  • You will shop smarter. Once you have your formula in place, shopping is much easier. If you prefer the flattering cut of a dress you often wear, buy that dress in other colors as well because you know it works.

Once you re-read and evaluate what you’ve established about your style, purge your closet of the items that no longer fit your formula. Keep the classic pieces that work well with your preferred items and determine what to consign and donate. Consign your classic pieces with Twist – you never know what might fit well with someone else’s fashion formula, and you might find something to add to your new style rotation.

Editor’s note: We are pleased to welcome Kristen Moore as a contributor to Stylebook! Kristen is the owner of Twist Boutique, a new shop at 109 N. Fairfax Street that combines new and resale items at varying price points, whether including clothing, accessories, home furnishings or gifts. Click here to learn more about Kristen, and here to visit Twist’s website.


  • The latest from Kristen
After collaborating with friends on a seasonal pop-up consignment sale in Alexandria, my passion for fashion grew into designing a dress line with the goal of expanding to other clothing and opening a retail store to include similar designers with small production lines ~ Twist Boutique was born. A former lobbyist, I have neither a retail nor fashion designing background, but I didn’t let that deter me from diving head first into this endeavor. I hope to satisfy our savvy customers with my passion for combining new and consignment clothing and accessories, home furnishings, and gifts.

Twist Boutique recognizes that style seekers want one-of-a kind pieces, whether it's clothing, accessories, home furnishings or gifts, and the experience that goes along with finding them. Women are making smarter choices when shopping to ensure they don't compromise quality for price. For this reason, owner Kristen Moore created Twist to combine her passion for new and resale clothing and accessories to ensure varying price points to satisfy customer needs and desires.


109 N. Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

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