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?
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.