When cleaning out your closet and defining your personal style, it’s best to have a style inspiration in mind. This will keep your purge focused and can take you from a mish-mash of random pieces to a clear attitude resulting in a wardrobe that functions together well in a remix.

It’s probably no secret that I have a love of dark hair and thick retro bangs inspired by the fabulous and creative Zooey Deschanel.  She is my style icon.  The girl I look to for inspiration when I find myself at a style crossroads. 

Ms. Deschanel wears a lot of styles that also flatter my body type and she always leans toward the vintage or vintage-inspired, which I also adore.  She has a thing for tights in different colors and textures, which, let’s face it, are the reason I love fall and winter much more than the balmy summer.  She can pull off flats in a black tie setting and each outfit has a playfulness I aspire to.  She is a girl after my own heart.

So, as I continue to scrutinize each piece of my wardrobe I will be using my new mantra: “What would Zooey do?” 

WWZD, people!

Who is your style icon?