In seeking to define my personal style as accurately and clearly as I can so I can make the best choices possible when shopping, I engaged in a bit of word play. There really is no other reason to be aware of your personal style than that. Unless you wish your personal style to be defined by randomness, that is.
I started by listing words
and word pairs that described what I like to wear in a visual sense, a
tactile sense and my emotional response. I made the list quickly, not
jewel toned rich/deep
large florals abstract florals
paisley narrow stripes
celtic knots beading
dark chocolate black
prussian blue deep green
No, alignment is not my thing.
all this listing of words and pondering their meaning to me, ( what I define as feminine may not be the same as what someone else does) I came up
with a wordy description of what I think my personal style is. It may
not be what others see when they look at me, and it may not be what I
have achieved with all of the items currently hanging in my closet, but it is
what appeals to me and what I aim for. The point of this exercise is to
focus future shopping efforts, to avoid mistakes of the very kind I am
prone to, which is buying something I really do like but that doesn't
fit my vision which makes it more difficult to work with and less likely
to be worn.
When I go shopping for clothing, in order to be considered for purchase, an item must seem to
me to fit with my vision of.....
gothic-romantic, hippie- artistic- beatnik with a touch of rock and roll. If
an item fits into my vision of one of those categories I am bound to
like it and feel right wearing it. You'll notice the word 'teacher' did not make the cut. Two other useful words are comfortable and natural.
I would like a wardrobe of exclusively natural fibres but silk and fine
merino knits are not something I can readily find inexpensively so I
make do with rayon and polyester blends at times. I like fabric to be
soft and draping, and after colour catches my eye, followed by pattern, I
must feel the garment and like the feel of the fabric before I will even try it on.
These guidelines are also useful when purging the closet. I don't know really which of these terms this outfit fits with or if it really does, but I do know I like it and it feels like me. I love the swinginess of the skirt, which is of course jersey! Mum found it for me in a thrift shop. I love this blue patterned cardigan and my knee high boots. And I love my many silver necklaces all tangled together. I know this outfit does not exactly shout 'Spring!' but then neither has the weather lately. I did consider wearing sandals anyway but then I would have had to shave my legs and why do that if I don't have to? I'm linking my booted self up to Patti's Visible Monday.
In the next post I have taken a closer look at the colour words I chose and how they help me understand my style. Stay tuned my poor dear readers.