The boots post from the other day got me thinking of my fashion sense and style. I often say I am not a real girl because I don’t know or care about name brand designer purses or shoes, or fashion designers. A couple of weeks ago at work I had to design a flyer that needed images of name brand shoes and other than Converse and Doc Martens I couldn’t think of any. The flyer was geared to women, so I knew putting combat boots and vintage sneakers on the flyer wasn’t going to fly. I had to go around the office and ask other people about brands. Oh wait, I did know Manolo Blahnik from just reading Damned by Chuck Palahniuk, but only because he mentioned knock of Manolo Blahnik a bobajillion times. I wouldn’t be able to pick any of them out of a line up.
I would say my current average daily style is jeans, a t-shirt and a polar fleece (that stuff keeps you warm!). Since this summer I’ve actually been adding more dresses and skirts often paired with leggings or even jeans. You know, the whole “not a real girl” thing, and who knows when at a moments notice I might need to do a cartwheel, and wearing only a skirt would prohibit that.
Since I first started using pinterst I’ve been keeping a board called “Things I’d Like to Wear“. I thought it might be a nice new year’s resolution to try and actually find pieces (at least similar to what is in the board) and be a bit more happy with how I present myself. I’ve long struggled with my weight and do this awful thing (I’m sure many people do) where I promise I will buy nice clothes once I can lose the weight, but in the meantime I punish myself by wearing things that don’t fit or look well, blends me into the background, or are so warn that they are literally falling apart. It’s not a real confidence boosting way to carry myself.
After sharing those boots earlier in the week I thought I’d put together a little mosaic of images from the pinterest board (above) showing a larger vision of the whole look I am aiming for. Across the top row are things on the board and that I’ve actually added to my wardrobe. I would say the look is heavy on graphic pattern, sometimes feminine but without being too foofie (ok, fine there are a few foofie things in there) maybe a bit whimsical but still classic and utilitarian, definitely comfortable and casual, but dressy casual, not my current everyday jeans and a t-shirt casual. Does any of this make sense? I’d like to think I could pair those boots I bought earlier this week with any dress or skirt and that would kind of sum up the style.
OK, fine, you got me. I recently watched some “What Not To Wear” so that might be why I’m thinking about this so much. Also, maybe all of this babble is like at the beginning of an episode where someone thinks they can pull off an Elizabethan / 60’s biker combination look. Or maybe not, but after reading this and looking at my pinterest board, maybe someone out there who is a real bona fide lady can recognize a style and put it into better terms that I just don’t know how to use or describe. Ladies?