Images clockwise: Vivi 2012 05, Lena Hoschek S/S 2013, Satorialist, Unknown.
After following along for the last few months I've gotten hooked on the Colette Patterns Wardrobe Architect Series. I have a bad habit of seeing a look that I think is awesome on someone else, and then buying clothing in that style even if it really doesn't suit me. My current clothing collection which is at about 40% or less wear-ability if proof of that. I need this! Plus it's fun.
Week one allowed me to think in depth about my relationship with clothing in a really helpful manner. Clothing is pretty personal to me, and the answers reflected that and were a bit more open than I'm willing to be on the internet. My main takeaway without getting too personal was:
I love to dress up. I associate very casual dressing with periods of depression when I really don't give a shit about what I look like, therefore when I'm feeling good I like to celebrate it through my clothing. So my relationship with clothing ends up being emotional rather than just a question of style or appropriateness.
For Week two I made a style mood board (the image at the top of the post), and filled out the questionnaire:
When you are wearing your favourite clothing, how do you feel (e.g. confident, sexy, poised, powerful, etc)?
When I wear my favourite clothing I feel happy, I feel together, I feel self-confident.
When you’re wearing something that is not quite right, how do you feel? What are the feelings you want to avoid about the clothes you wear?
Tired, self-conscious, invisible.
Who do you consider to be your style icons? What is it about them that appeals to you?
No real style Icons per say. Zooey Deshenel - I like her feminine offbeat style, Katy Perry - love her over the top but classic style (plus she's kind of my pop guilty pleasure...). Marianne Faithful - I love the quiet confidence she seems to exude and her casually chic 60s style.
Images via Pinterest
What are some words that describe styles that you like in theory, but are not quite you?
Modern, minimalist, fashion forward, trendy, understated, draped.
Top 5 words for how I see my core style:
Off-beat, feminine, classic, colourful, graphic.
Weeks three & four - Silhouettes I like:
1) Full skirted dress with high waist.
2) Somewhat loose top with tight bottoms, high or low waist.
3)Tight high waist top with high waist loose bottoms.
Never a whole outfit with loose fit. These silhouettes all create an hourglass shape (I'm what the built by wendy book refers to as 'boyish') and and conceal my lower abdomen (current nexus of body image issues).
If you made it through all of that Thank You! Largely this post was for myself, I hope to really be able to create a streamlined flattering wardrobe through these posts.
If you haven't tried the exercises Sarai has shared for the Wardrobe Architect series I highly suggest you check them out!