Week 2’s exercises help to match words and images to styles that make us feel most like ourselves. This was great because it gave me a chance to really identify the pieces of clothing that make me feel the most comfortable and confident. I like to think over the years I’ve managed to pare down my wardrobe to the pieces that really make me feel my best, but I know there’s still some clutter that can be cleared out, things that aren’t quite me and never make it out in public. It also gave me a chance to weed through the hundreds of images I’ve saved on Pinterest and refine them down to the looks that I keep gravitating towards
When you are wearing your favorite clothing, how do you feel (e.g. confident, sexy, poised, powerful, etc)?
I feel confident, happy, and ready to have fun.
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 always feel so self conscious, like I have to keep tugging on my clothes in the desperate hope that the fit will change. It really puts a damper on my whole mood and how I interact with others.
Who do you consider to be your style icons? What is it about them that appeals to you?
I really like Cate Blanchett. She loves fashion, and isn’t afraid to take risks. She also always looks so poised. I don’t necessarily want to dress like her, but I want to dress in a way that allows me to exude the same grace and confidence. As for retro icons, I’ve always admired Katherine Hepburn. She also did her own thing, taking menswear and making it work for her. She was able to be simultaneously feminine and powerful.
What are some words that describe styles that you like in theory, but are not quite you?
Boxy, slouchy, floral or liberty print, colorful. I find I like all these things, but I keep myself more streamlined and opt for darker colors or neutrals.
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:
dark, refined, casual, simple, refined, luxe, functional, cozy, versatile, shapely, beautiful, special, sartorial, international, timeless, classic
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?
classic, refined, cozy, beautiful, luxe
I think things that are classic, but cozy. A pair of jeans, a white t-shirt, and a cozy wool cardigan. At the same time I like myself and my clothes to be beautiful with interesting details and made from luxe materials like wool or silk. I try to keep things natural, and to me that means luxe or luxurious. In other words, I have expensive tastes.
I made a Pinterest board for some looks that I think represent these words. You can view (and follow me!) here.