The Wardrobe Architect: My Core Style
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Last week, I said I’d chime in with my own answers for the latest installment of our Wardrobe Architect series. Let’s dive right in.
When you are wearing your favorite clothing, how do you feel (e.g. confident, sexy, poised, powerful, etc)?
My favorite clothes make me feel grown up and elegant. When I think about clothing I feel really good in, the first thing that comes to mind is a classic little black dress. I like that it’s sexy without being SEXXXY, if you know what I mean. I also like feeling effortless and not too overdone, but still a little glamorous.
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?
Cute. I do not like to feel cute or child-like in any way.
Frumpy. Probably don’t need to explain that one.
Fluffy. Ok, I admit, this is a weird one. But I hate the feeling of having a lot of extra fabric around my body, especially around my waist. Even if I wear a full skirt, I have to have a bit of sleekness in the other things I’m wearing.
Who do you consider to be your style icons? What is it about them that appeals to you?
While there isn’t one person whose style matches mine exactly, there are certainly women whose presence inspires me.
I have to be boring and say Audrey Hepburn, for starters. I don’t want to dress just like her, but I do really appreciate her sophisticated-yet-playful style. That, and I love vintage Givenchy.
I’ve always loved Sofia Coppola’s minimalism. I think what appeals to me is the way her beautiful but simple clothes seem to call more attention to her as a person, an individual. You see the woman before the clothes.
But I also feel I should include women who I simply think embody beauty for me. For that, I would have to include the smolderingly beautiful Eva Green, and the mysterious and dark Isabella Rossellini. I suppose I identify more with a type of beauty that is striking or arresting rather than perfect and bland.
What are some words that describe styles that you like in theory, but are not quite you?
Anything cute, sweet, precious. Colorful, quirky, youthful.
All things that can be absolutely lovely, but not when I wear them.
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:
I did some free association on these, and this is what I came up with:
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, Cozy, Lush, Classic, Sultry
At first, I chose the word “sexy” from my list, but it didn’t quite sound right. That’s sort of a vague word and doesn’t mean much to me. I thought sultry was much more evocative.
I chose the word “lush” because to me it connotes the beautiful, rich colors and textures of nature, like the beautiful garden roses I grow or a hike through our local rainforests. I like the way it recalls the senses.
I’ve interspersed some of the photos from the pinterest board I created for this exercise. I’ve been really enjoying looking at the ones you guys have been posting in the comments as well!