I found all your comments on my last post so incredibly helpful. Thank you! I took comments you made about my inspiration looks and distilled them into two categories:
- Bold colours
- Graphic prints
- Balance – top or bottom is holding more interest
What the style says:
It gave me a lot to reflect on and here are some key elements of what I have now recognised in terms of my own style:
- Although I love print, there is a lack of bold, colourful, graphic prints in my wardrobe. There are some bright florals, and 1 or 2 pieces that are very strong, but this is an area I can explore. One of my favourite dresses is a vintage 70s long sleeved sheath in a bold graphic turquoise print. I feel a million dollars in this. My Van Gogh dress also gets a lot of compliments when I wear it. I think the addition of a skirt in a fantastic print (in a style I can cycle in) will be something I get a lot of wear out of.
- While I often dress with interest on the top of my outfit, when I feel super stylish and “me” is when there is interest on the bottom of my outfit. This poses a problem with tops at times as I particularly loathe plain coloured knit tops. However if I can make some shirts and tops in wovens that work (I’m thinking Named Quinn, Inari and Oki Style Joker) then that will help. In the cold months I have some great sweatshirts and jerseys so no issues there, although good to identify that these garments are worth making as they are hard workers in my wardrobe.
- Androgynous and wearable are also big elements. I don’t like drapey frilly garments and when my taste is feminine, it tends to the 1910-1930s with a dash of 70s flower child. I love man style dressing and when paired with bold, colourful and graphic I feel like these are key elements of what make me feel amazing on those days where I feel like I have nailed it.
I’ve continued to analyse my Pinterest boards too and here are some other things that I have noticed as recurring themes:
- Painting (there are sooooo many examples of these on various boards)
- Prints or details of stars and horses
And of course, bright colours and all of the trousers.
I’m not sure how to, or even if I should, incorporate all this into one look. Sometimes I think that the issue is there are many things I appreciate but there are things that I should appreciate from a far otherwise I run the risk of looking like I am wearing costumes all the time.
One of the times in my life where I had the clearest sense of my own style was just after breaking up with my first husband. I basically wore black, white, grey (and silver), denim (and some blues) and a bit of brown (jackets, belts) for almost a year solid. Everything went with everything and I just felt exactly right – for that time. It was very pared back and very androgynous. I had also lost a lot of weight (breakup side effect) and was the smallest I’ve been since my early 20s. One of my favourite outfits was a pair of grey flannel school boy shorts (child’s size 10!) over tights with boots and an oversized jacket. Very rock and roll, and a little risque!
Then I get sidetracked and think my wardrobe would be complete if I could make a top like this:
Am I trying to have my style cake and eat it too? Am I just a magpie with no clear idea of who I am?
Any diagnoses appreciated!