I grew up with so many clothing Rules. Don’t wear white after Labor Day or before Memorial Day. Don’t mix prints and textures. Your bag, shoes and belt should match and should be the same tone or darker than your clothing. Don’t wear dangly earrings during the day. Don’t mix black and brown. And then there are the “fat” rules…don’t wear horizontal stripes, do wear a single dark color head to toe, do wear heels to look taller. Not to mention the Fashion rules…THIS is IN this season! THAT is OUT! It’s enough to make une femme crazy and more than just a little paranoid before leaving the house in the morning!
One of my favorite blogs, and one that I invariably click on daily is The Sartorialist. “Sart,” as he is referred to by his readers, takes photos of people he encounters on the street in New York, Paris, Milan, and other cities he visits and posts them on his blog, often with some commentary about what he felt was notable about their ensemble. He is a fashion insider, but many of the people he captures are not, just people whom he feels have their own sense of style, or who put items of clothing together in new and interesting ways. His photos often go far beyond the level of candid street photos, and in my opinion more often than not achieve a level of portraiture that is true art. One of the things I love is that his photos celebrate style and not fashion, and his subjects range widely in age, size, ethnicity and in how they put themselves together. He also seems to capture a good bit of the essence and personality of his subjects. While I may not find every person’s style that he features appealing or appropriate for me, I can appreciate how people mix styles and textures and it’s definitely inspired me to wear some things together that I never would have done before. One of my new favorite combinations is brown or rust and grey together, something that I never would have worn prior. I’ve been working hard the last few years to clear out the Old Rules in all areas of my life, the ones that were handed or drilled into me when I was younger, and develop my own. Reading The Sartorialist has definitely helped me to do this in the area of clothing and style.
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