(This is the first in a short series of posts in which I aim to focus my thoughts towards creating a useful tool in order to be more conscious of my clothing selections, making them both useful and meaningful to my lifestyle.)
Recently I discovered that my closet contained many things of which little is useful. A transition from living and working in a rural area to life in the city has left me ill-prepared, in the fashion sense. My years of business-casual separates for the office don't quite *suit up* today. The few acceptable items now on hangers in my closet are seasonal and very quickly facing the end of that season. So the time has arrived to dump it all on the floor, or a chair, or a bag bound for the thrift shop, and start over.
I don't expect overnight transformations. That would bring a new chaos of mismatched separates. There must be a way to do this in a well thought out progression. The obvious method is to do a style book, or collection of clippings. And focusing on basic necessary pieces that compliment each other. Does that sound right?
It certainly is more challenging to fashion a wardrobe around chance finds at secondhand stores than it is to take out a credit card at the more desirable shops. Certainly, I could have a limited number of pieces that would do double duty and fit my character if I would shop at higher end stores. I could buy an entire matchable wardrobe with one swipe of plastic. There are
My viewpoint on clothing has now evolved away from just looking for items that are in excellent condition to items that really define who I am. This makes it a little more difficult as I've got images in my head of who I was some years ago, but not of who I am now :( Can I go back to being youthful and adventurous without looking like a fool? I admire all the young women who can wear short, straight skirts. But time has a way of excluding me from that group ;) I have a photo of myself in a very short skirt, taken back in the 70's...
This brings in the sewing aspect. I could give you dozens of reasons why I haven't made as much for Self-Stitched September as I had planned, but the truth is I am feeling a bit lost in regards to style. Would my preferred A-line skirts look too outdated? Would a pair of looser, wool trousers, combined with a button-down shirt and vest be out of place in the office? Or is just that 1970's rebel still hiding inside, refusing to "conform" to today's standards? ;)
Coming soon - a style book.