How do you make a system of checks and balances, so that you look like yourself in your clothes? This is important to me - not merely figure flattery, but to see a picture of myself and see MYSELF. That's why I just changed my profile picture - I got a great picture of me that looks like the me that lives in my head. I think it's probably telling that the picture was taken after an afternoon at the beach with my family, with air-dried, uncombed hair.
I changed the profile not only to be more representative of who I really am, but to remind me of how to get there. I need the sun, the water, the sound of surf pounding on the shore...
I have a pinterest board where I pin things that remind me of myself too. http://pinterest.com/hearthrose/images-that-tell-you-about-me/ Why? Why go to all that work?
For me, I find myself inspired by things so constantly, I am so easily swept away in "that's so pretty!" enthusiasms, that I often make things that don't quite suit me. I used to buy things in the stores that didn't suit, simply because they fit and were the right color. Sometimes it's fun to be someone else in your clothes, but *most* of the time, I want the line between self and ornamentation to be seamless.
Just flipping through the board always leaves me inspired. Yes, I have a polka-dot dress to sew, and yes, it will look great in my run through with church things (I have a lot of church service to attend to, and daydresses are pretty much perfect), but that's not where my "self" is. I feel far more like myself in a peasant blouse and my denim skirt. (I wear my "jeans" at least twice-threetimes/wk - I should probably make another just like it).
Ideally, every bit of my wardrobe would feel like a second skin.