Monday, 28 April 2014

How I Found My Personal Style I

As a child, I liked clothes and I knew which ones I liked.  Apparently I chose the dress I was going to wear on my first birthday.

A few years later, the maid in the Heidi television series was the height of what I wanted to be so my mother had to go to great trouble to recreate her outfit for a fancy dress party I was invited to.

On holiday at the age of about seven, I was very taken with the wardrobe of one of the hotel guests mostly on the basis that she had a baby which I thought was the ultimate accessory, and I made notes and drew pictures of what she wore.

I fell in love with clothes and shoes I saw everywhere from characters on television to people in real life.  I can remember secretly admiring a friend of my mother's jumpsuit, the knitted dress worn by a cousin of my father's, planning dressing up outfits for myself and my dolls, pouring over a book of pictures of Princess Diana, and discussing our teachers' clothes with my friends...

But as I grew up, it was as if personal taste didn't exist.  All that seemed to matter was wearing the right, fashionable labels and in the early 90's, that was usually written in big letters across your chest.

By the time I was an adult and introduced to ideas and methods of 'finding your personal style', I had lost sight a bit of my tastes.

I came across the concept of 'wardrobe personalities' you choose from - things like 'gamine', 'sporty', 'creative', 'dramatic', 'classic'.  I came across charts too where you are meant to mark on a scale your preferences between patterned and plain, colours and neutrals etc.

But I didn't really know the answers.  It was before everyone was busily pinnining on pinterest so I got some magazines and went through them tearing out pictures of looks I liked.  I selotaped them together as you can see in the picture and suddenly I began to see my taste again, began to get back into touch with my personal style. 

And that was the beginning, the first step for me in finding my style.  I had realised I couldn't describe or pinpoint it without visual references.  And I found too that the wardrobe personality descriptions didn't give any inspiration for developing your style with real clothes - they just weren't visual enough.

Next week, we'll talk all about cuttings and how to do them.  In the meantime, don't throw away your magazines or the clothing catalogues that drop through your letterbox!

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