Oh, never mind the fashion. When one has a style of one’s own, it is always twenty times better.
I’m so excited about this post, because I’ve recruited some awesome fellow participants in Me-Made-May’12 to share their photos and their thoughts about personal style with us! I was so inspired by clicking through the Flickr group and checking out everyone’s photos, and by the thought-provoking comments they sent me!
I’ll start with my own style, which is definitely still a work in progress.
When I first started making my own clothes, quite a few years ago now, I chose what appealed to me most, (if you don’t want to know how much of a nerd I really am, please skip to the next paragraph) which was mainly historical styles. If no one cared what I wore, I could happily wear long skirts, petticoats, 1940’s style dresses, etc. every day for the rest of my life.
But what I wear does affect how people see me, and how seriously they take me. Sometimes what I’d like to wear doesn’t broadcast the message that I’d like people to get when they see me.
I still love historical clothes, and wear lots of long skirts in the winter, but now I look for ways to incorporate silhouettes I love with more timeless, modern designs and details. I’d like what I wear to say, “I am unique, interesting, capable, beautiful, feminine, grounded, elegant.” As I said, it’s a work in progress.
My first new friend for this project is Alessa. I love the playful element her outfits have. Check out her lovely blog of her handmade adventures by clicking any of her photos, or here!
I wouldn’t know to put a name to it, but there’s definitely a trend there. I think pretty and comfy sum it up best. I like dresses, because they are less constricting than jeans and I guess I also don’t like to be part of the “uniform” (jeans and t-shirt) wearing masses. Also, they make my stumpy legs look longer. A lot of people put labels like “nice” and “cute” on me, which I guess I generally am, and which is also reflected in a large part of my wardrobe. I like that I can also dress up to other facets of my personality, though, like “girlishly nerdy” (skirts and sciency graphic tees) and “playfully sexy” (that would be a black polka-dot dress with a red belt, red lipstick and a bowler hat).
Next is Oona. I love how much body language is in her photos. If you need a laugh in your day, you MUST read her blog!
i’d say my style is schizophrenic, vivacious, and a bit colorblind. i like to think i make other peeps smile when they see me, especially strangers. as a whole i don’t feel we dress up anymore, and peeps seem to take happy note of bright colors and thoughtful (if clashing) ensembles.
Finally here’s Sallie. I love how sleek and put together her outfits are! There’s lots more pictures and witty comments about the outfits on her blog.
I think personal style is really complicated because it involves a certain amount of self-awareness. Sometimes the things we love, sadly, don’t love us back. For me this translates into my love for vintage, an unrequited love that I think I’ve finally given up on. But the great thing about fashion and making your own garments is that the possibilities are endless. So instead I’ve focused on more modern looks that make me feel lady-like and put together. I like my clothes to fit well and to maybe have a touch of drama – like playing with texture, color or volume/structure. I think other people see me as someone who always looks laid back, but still elegant, and maybe a touch prissy – I’m taking this from compliments and comments I’ve received over the years (and I just asked my husband and thats what he said! haha!).
I can’t help feeling like I don’t have much to add here! These ladies have summed it up and given me a lot to think about.
One last thing I will say, I know many of us who sew (or make anything else for that matter) do it at least partly so we can have just what we want, what’s not available anywhere else. It’s a great feeling when you can be creative, and make something that you’re proud of, something that broadcasts the message you want to send.
So, how does the world see you? What would you like your style to say?