One thing I love about being an adult and not being a student is that I can take a "course" and use it as best suits my needs. There is no pressure to follow directions because I am the one who determines what success from participation looks like.
So here are a few things I've been able to express about my view of style and what I want from a wardrobe, based on pieces of the Wardrobe Architect.
I believe I am a creation of God and that means I want to present myself as something valuable and worthy of respect, pointing to God as the creator of all beauty and good. I do this by covering parts of my body that in my culture may cause more people to have a lower opinion of my worth. For example, I cover my breasts because in my culture they are considered sexual to the point of being inappropriate for public display. If I lived in a culture where the naked female breast was as unnoticed as a naked arm, then I wouldn't cover them.
I grew up wearing thrift-store clothes that did not fit my body proportions and with a family attitude that did not recognize the small differences between styles. I remember have a conversation with my mom about how the hunter green, tapered-leg jeans were out of style and dark-wash, boot-leg jeans were better. Her comment was that they are both jeans, what's the difference? (In fairness, now that she is more financially secure, she notices the differences and is one stylish lady.)
Clothing was uncomfortable because it wasn't proportioned for a vertically petite body. Clothing was psychologically uncomfortable because even when I was able to buy new clothes, I somehow never managed to look like my peers. In reflection, I believe much of this had to do with having a hard-to-fit body type.
We were not allowed to look at fashion magazines and watched limited TV. Most of my style education came from what I saw around me and books. Mostly books with few illustrations and that were written pre-1900.
I like my body and think the curves are sensual, as differentiated from sexual. My priority is to wear clothes that fit.
I live in the humid south, so clothing that breaths and dries quickly when wet by sweat is important in summer. Jeans, my preferred bottoms, are too hot for summer. Skirts cause my thighs to chafe. Shorts make me feel childish. Knee-length shorts and skirts over shorts are my compromise. I wear twill trousers for air-conditioned activities.
For work, I wear jeans and a more formal top, usually with a jacket (not cardigan).
I hike, which requires a special wardrobe that I have not yet learned to sew because I cannot yet sew pants that fit me.