Wardrobe Architect: Week 3

Back at it again! I have a couple of finished projects that need to be photographed and shared. Both of them are pullovers, one knitted and one sewn. I really should get a shot of the things I have been making and wearing because it is literally a single pair of jeans and a constant rotation of raglan sleeve sweaters. I realized I loooooove wearing sweaters but there were always fit issues (usually a short torso) that made buying them a pain. Now I can have all of the sweaters I want and I’m going a bit overboard. Summer is coming soon and I have no idea what my single garment obsession will be, but it will probably be just as intense.

Speaking of clothing we love, today is another Wardrobe Architect Wednesday! This week I am looking at the style lines of clothing items and describing whether or not I would like to wear them. This is going to be a bit tricky because I feel like my opinions on how fitted/long things should be has changed recently. Too bad teenage me isn’t here to fill this in. The answer for everything would be super long, super baggy, add on some skater sneakers and weird patches. Also, tie dye. I was a weird kid.

Ok, let’s do this.

The worksheet for this week has three tables that have you rate certain fits on a scale of 0-10 where 0 is something you hate to wear and 10 is something you love to wear. Here are my results:

WA WEEK 3 CHART 1WA WEEK 3 CHARTS 2 and 3

First, a word about the letters beside a few numbers. For skirts and dresses, there is a little ‘e’ as a reminder to myself that there is an exception for mid-thigh lengths. That exception is leggings! During the wintertime, I do like to wear heavier leggings under a skirt or dress. It feels frumpy to wear a longer dress with leggings and I actually don’t mind showing my legs if they are encased in something very opaque. On that same note, I don’t wear shorts, short skirts or short dresses with bare legs or pantyhose. I’ve tried, but the paranoia about cellulite leaves me feeling uncomfortable and awkward. No one needs to feel like that when they are out frolicking in the summer sunshine!

The other note is beside one of the jacket and coat items. I like my winter coats to be tunic length because having a warm butt on a cold, wintery Montreal day is an absolute must.

Some of the items that I have marked are things I just assume I wouldn’t look good in. In some cases, I am trying to challenge these opinions. I made myself a longer length Mesa dress that was much clingier than anything I would normally wear and I was shocked to discover that I actually liked it. Other things that are marked low are things I thought would look good but was sad to discover that they just look wroooong on me. Maxi dresses are the biggest thing in that category. Everything about a maxi dress appeals to me. Loose, comfortable, long, etc. I don’t know if it is my pear shape or the fact that my natural waist sits pretty high considering my height, but maxi dresses just look WEIRD on me. At least I tried!

For pants, my main concern to this point has been whether or not I could get them over my butt and thighs without having them tent out like clown pants at the waist. After that, it is whether or not they are actually long enough. On occasion, I have purchased pants that are too short just because I was desperately in  need of anything to cover my lower half. I was so thankful for that winter where skinny jeans tucked into wooly socks was the trend since it covered up the fact that many of my pants were a good two inches too short for me.

I surprised myself with how strongly I felt about certain necklines. I was actually saying “NO!” while typing in the lower numbers. Scoop and U-neck are the best, v-neck is acceptable, spaghetti straps have their time and place and turtlenecks are ok in the very coldest months of winter. Boat neck can be ok if the shirt actually has enough room for my shoulders. Cowl necks are a big old noooope, except in a big wooly sweater. Is there  a reason for that? I have no idea, it is just what my brain believes to be correct. Square neck, strapless, sweetheart, jewel (no idea what that is), off-shoulder and halter are a big pile of nope. I think my tomboy side is showing.

The last chart is sleeves. It made me realize that the only thing that I don’t like is a cap sleeve. Everything else, no problem!

That’s it for this week. I feel like I got off light! I am working on a few projects this week , hopefully finishing one up today or tomorrow. The sun is finally shining in Montreal so photography of finished projects in natural light is an actual possibility now. See you next time!

 

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Wardrobe Architect Wednesday, Week 2

Well dang, it has been a couple of weeks since I took time to write on this blog! I’ve been kind of obsessed with a couple of projects so my free time has been used to work on those projects. I hope to finish knitting a sweater today and maybe work on finishing my dress tomorrow, so fingers crossed I will have some things to share soon!

Back to the wardrobe architect series!

Week 2 is all about defining a core style. As someone who feels pretty confident that they have no style whatsoever, it was a shock to realize that I do actually have preferences that affect how I choose to dress. Let’s get into it!


 

When you are wearing your favorite clothing, how do you feel (e.g. confident, sexy, poised, powerful, etc)?

My favourite clothes make me feel confident, cozy and comfortable. I feel feminine, but not too feminine, if that makes any sense.

 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?

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I feel as comfortable as this cat looks. I used to think that I was pretty flexible with styles, but I am definitely not. It is hard for me to put into words how I feel when wearing something I really dislike because it depends on what is wrong. I feel uncomfortable in clingy clothing items and I feel uncomfortable in super feminine, fluttery stuff….but not for the same reasons. Unfortunately, it seems like most plus size clothing stores stock only items that combine those two dreaded elements. I need to up my sewing game, stat!

Who do you consider to be your style icons? What is it about them that appeals to you?

I would say that one style icon of mine is knitwear designer, Ysolda Teague. I follow her on instagram to see the awesome patterns she develops and I notice that she has a style that combines tomboyish elements with feminine ones with the added element of awesome knitwear. I imagine that there are other people who combine those styles but I can’t find specific examples other than people I know in my real life.

What are some words that describe styles that you like in theory, but are not quite you?

Romantic, floaty, glamorous, girly.

I see other women dressed in super feminine styles and think they look amazing. When I try to recreate those styles for myself, I feel weird and out of place in my own clothing. I love the look of styles that are light and floaty, or loose and a bit shapeless, on almost anyone else but when I put them on I find that I just look a bit unkempt.

Look over your answers from last week on history, philosophy, culture, community, activities, location, and body. List at least 15 words that you associate with your answers. Think about descriptive words, moods, and feelings you associate with these things:

Simple, changing, quality, casual, sporty, tomboy, comfort, confidence, layered, quirky, good fit (ok, that was two), thoughtful, functional, possibility, creativity.

Are there other words you would like to add to this list? What other words describe your core style?

I might have to come back to this as I learn more about it!

Look over the answers to all of the questions above. If you had to narrow your list to only 3-5 words to describe you, which words would you choose?

Simple, casual, tomboy, quirky, thoughtful

Collect 15-20 images that represent these 3-5 words for you. You could create a pinterest board, a folder on your computer, a moodboard, or a collage. Be creative and have fun!

My style board is here. A lot of the pictures are leaning a bit more towards outfits that I would want to wear for work because that is the biggest hole in my wardrobe right now. The top part of the page looks similar to how I actually dress now, the bottom half is a bit more representative of styles I would like to incorporate. One thing is for sure, I need more pullovers and button-up shirts!


 

Well that is all for this week! It was a bit shorter than I would have liked, but hopefully I will get a bit better at managing writing time for the next post. For now, I’m left thinking a lot about what I like the look of versus what I like the look of and would actually feel confident wearing. I’m leaving myself with a bit of a personal exercise to think more about the differences between those two categories and to hopefully define them more clearly.