(Le sigh.) Une femme can’t help it. Every time talk turns to fashion icons, this is the image that jumps immediately to my mind. “Realistic” has nothing to do with it; of course my style icon has a body type almost exactly opposite to mine. Nor am I going to prance around work in toreador pants, at least not until I begin living my fantasy life and spend my days flitting from art gallery to art gallery, stopping in between for a drink at a sidewalk cafe. And I’d certainly need to add a scarf to that minimalist ensemble.
But inspiration need not be literal. Imogen’s suggestion of making a list of clothing likes and dislikes really helped to crystallize why this image resonates so strongly, and how I can utilize these stylistic elements in my own ensembles.
Starting with Dislikes:
Clingy, too tight
Pop of color
Mix of masculine and feminine elements
No surprises here, but these lists help clarify why some styles that I admire on others just feel wrong when I try to recreate them, regardless of how they look objectively. It explains why I’ve been gravitating toward a softer and less structured style of dressing, and reassures me that I’m on the right track toward refining my wardrobe and style to reflect my truest self.
Have you made a list of your clothing likes and dislikes? Did you find any surprises?
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