I’ve committed to doing the Wardobe Architect Challenge this year as my New Year’s resolution. With my main business (in the motel industry) crumbling around my ears at the moment and a move to a new city happening imminently (when we finally find a place to live), designing my own wardrobe is seeming a bit trivial, to be honest. However, I’ve committed to it, and it’s actually a nice little deviation from my current employment of constant worry. (Great idea Cheryl – just don’t think about it!)
This week’s challenge is to define your core style. If I had my wish, I would have a style similar to some of the style icons of the last century: Jackie Onassis and Audrey Hepburn.
Unfortunately I don’t think their style agrees with my body type, which is a bit more of the Melissa McCarthy variety (big boobs and hips). Hopefully I can try to work out a happy medium and draw some styles from Audrey’s era that may work with an ample bosom.
Week 2: Defining a core style
1. When you are wearing your favourite clothing, how do you feel (e.g. confident, sexy, poised, powerful, etc)?
In a word: comfortable. I don’t worry about showing off too much cleavage, nor a prominent display of my muffin-top. I can just go about my day thinking nothing of the clothes that I am wearing. If I happen to dress up an outfit with some jewellery (a rare occurrence – like makeup) or matching shoes I may feel kind of classy. If I’m honest though, my desire to feel classy is almost always outmatched by my desire to wear something that can withstand a toddler dumping her breakfast (or insert any other yucky substance here) on it.
2. 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?
Self-conscious. Embarrassed. Risque. Loud.
3. Who do you consider to be your style icons? What is it about them that appeals to you?
I’ve mentioned this already – Audrey and Jackie. I know, so cliche, right? But seriously, they’re just so put together, and Audrey can wear something totally casual and still look classy. She makes classy look so effortless. In fact, that’s kind of the end goal with this – to effortlessly grab anything from my closet and look put-together classy. There’s probably a lot more that went on behind the scenes for those ladies to look like that, but hey, let’s just talk in the hypothetical here.
4. What are some words that describe styles that you like in theory, but are not quite you?
50’s, 40’s, sleek, classy, retro, vintage, pinup, simple, casual, pretty
5. 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:
hot, sweaty, airy, breezy, sleeveless, short, ample, booty, curvy, comfort, casual, easy, simple, covered-up, light, blue.
Phew! That actually didn’t take too long to come up with 15 words.
Finally, the last thing to do is to come up with some images to represent some of my answers to these questions. I’m still not sure if these will go with my body type, but I really like these styles: capri pants, shirt dresses, stripes, peter pan collars, flowy sleeveless shirts and cute little flats with bows on them.
What is your style inspiration?