*I don’t know how many parts there will be. There may only be 1. You will not be reimbursed for any time spent offering me fashion therapy. Read on at your own risk.
As I wrote in my last post, I’ve been in a bit of a style desert recently. I’ve been trying to rediscover who I am if I can dress however I want to. Not as easy as it sounds! Taking my lead from the lovely Steph, I’m going to ‘write it out’.
I’ve been thinking about what appeals to me, in terms of style, looking at my Pinterest account very carefully, considering what outfits I wear and how comfortable I feel in them as a reflection of my style and personality, and trying to assess what’s missing.
I’ve had a good cull of my wardrobe, some things will be kept for another time when they feel fresh again, and some will go to the clothing swap. I think having less distraction in my wardrobe will help.
Perusing Pinterest was an interesting exercise. On Pinterest I have a number of boards, but four of them are dedicated to women whose style I really admire: Cate Blanchett, Yasmin Sewell, Gianna Greco & Tilda Swinton. All of these women are tall, over 30 (I’m pretty sure), striking and have unique and distinct senses of style. So, no surprises there.
Sadly most of the available images are red carpet or editorial so you don’t get as much of a chance to see them in their civvies, but I thought I might just post a favourite look of each of them here just to see what I can figure out from them, and how it might translate into my day to day life. I’ve linked my boards to the title of their name.
Blue and red, tailored cropped pants, bright coloured shoes (too high for day to day), interesting shaped top with geometric bright print. Cate really pushes the envelope for red carpet wear and I love her choice of gowns for awards ceremonies. I feel like looking “pretty” is not her concern, rather looking authentic and unique is what she’s going for.
Large oversize coatigan in a mix of 3 geometric but homogeneous prints, tailored pants with a wide tuxedo stripe in a bright colour. Shoes again too high for day wear. I love Tilda’s hair and makeup choices too: bold, androgynous, individual.
Although I prefer pants as you know, this outfit is awesome. The bright geometric abstract print of the skirt with the black skivvy and navy trench is amazing. Love the ankle boots as an unexpected shoe choice. This woman just has so many great looks it’s hard to choose.
Gianna dresses in a more fashion forward, corporate way, but there’s something so chic and effortless about the simplicity of her outfits that I really enjoy. She is very structured but still feels like she has such a unique style. I love how androgynous this look is but with the bright red nails and lips.
I’m not sure that this tells me anything I didn’t already know I liked. The challenge is how do I translate these inspirations to my personal style and incorporate them into my day to day wardrobe? I’m so interested in people’s thoughts and suggestions.