So today I want to talk about personal style. A few things I’ve read and heard recently have made me think about my own personal style. A post on Tilly & the Buttons (yes I’m mentioning her again, she’s amazing) from a while ago spoke about having your own personal brand of style and I was trying to work out what mine was. Are the garments I never finish just not Bonnie enough? In an episode of Judge John Hodgman I listened to last week he kept asking one of the litigants if his vast collection of socks brought him joy, or if he was just hoarding them. This may be a comedy podcast, but he has a point – why would I ever wear something that doesn’t give me joy? With sewing becoming a growing hobby, I need to make sure I’m making things I truly love and want to wear. I mean, I know I’m not going to get it right every time, there will always be some failures, but I want to make as many clothes as possible that give me that burst of happiness when you wear it out for the first time, but also continue to come out of your wardrobe time and time again.
So, with this all swimming in my head, I came across a series called Wardrobe Architect by Colleterie. This is a series of articles and worksheets to help you discover your own personal style – I’m a bit behind the times discovering it, but better late than never, eh? I like to think that I have some idea what fits into my wardrobe and what doesn’t, but I know I can be swayed by a fabric because it has elephants on it with no thought for whether it will make a nice garment that I’ll wear. This is why I’ve decided to embark on this journey of discovery. I’m going to document here each exercise and see what happens. Colleterie are currently doing a monthly 2015 version, but because I’m behind the times I’m going to do the 2014 ones. Maybe I’ll catch up and be able to join in for the autumn! Have you tried Wardrobe Architect? How has it helped you?