Following on from my “Help me dress myself” post, I’ve been giving a bit more thought to defining what is my style. I’m not sure how I ended up there, but I found Retrochick’s series of posts quite useful. There was the usual advice about putting together pictures of looks you like and so forth but I found her advice to think about what you liked to wear as a teenager “when you weren’t dressing for anyone else” especially helpful. I think my teenage style was best described as anti-fashion. I refused to wear what other people wore, but instead went for my own eccentric mixture of things. I liked wearing pretty dresses but coupled with army surplus stuff and DM boots. I liked stripes and crazy colours. But most of all I would never, under any circumstance, have even considered the possibility of wearing high heeled shoes. Not to a wedding, not to a nightclub, not to an interview. High heels? No thanks. I understand that some women find wearing heels makes them feel sexy. Wearing high heels just makes me feel awkward. Awkward is not sexy. Comfortable in your own skin (and shoes) is much more sexy I reckon.
Anyway, after thinking about the teenage clothes thing, I started to think about the clothes I have or have had that I like to wear and make me feel good, and this helped me to put together a doodle of what I think is “my style” and what I think is “not my style”. Please excuse the terrible drawing (especially of the shoes ;-))
The necklines are all ones I have found flattering to my somewhat skinny upper body.
I like things that are floaty and drapey, but they need to have some shaping under the bust, or they just drown me.
Colours are good.
So are spots & stripes.
Corduroy is my favourite fabric. But I also like linen & velvet & chiffon.
Sensible shoes are the way to go.
Not My Style:
As I have mentioned before, I am an introvert. My hobbies include such wild and crazy activities as sewing, drawing and reading. I am more likely to go to the library than a party. And I am a stay at home mum. As such I don’t have a lot of call for satin dresses or smart, tailored clothes. And there is no way I want anything in my wardrobe that needs dry cleaning *shudder*.
I don’t have the bosom for halter necks or deep V-necks.
I’m too old for very short skirts.
I’m too short for very long skirts.
And I like to be able to move in my clothes – ride my bike, run for the bus, reach books off the top shelf.
I think these lists are going to help me understand what it is I want to sew for myself. My McCalls M5050 pattern fits my criteria (it was just the fabric that made it a bit “milkmaid“) so I am going to remake it in some lightweight green polka dot fabric. After that, I am going to have a shot at Deer & Doe’s Robe Sureau. It has shaping round the bust, isn’t too short or too long, would look good in corduroy, and doesn’t seem to require high heel wearing to look good. Check out the Flickr pool here.