Wardrobe Architect Week Three: Exploring shapes

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IMG_8715Wardrobe Architect Week Three! Thinking hard about what words my style encompasses was quite enlightening; since then I’ve been kicking myself that I didn’t think of the word ‘kooky’. I know, I worry too much. Anyway I am excited to be looking at real clothing shapes ¬†rather than more abstract ideas. This is where the fun starts ūüėČ This week is all about filling in tables with preferences for different styles (I’m sorry it’s so small, I can’t seem to make it any bigger).Screen Shot 2015-05-13 at 22.10.03

So some styles that I rate really highly on here are knee length or slightly shorter skirts, both full and pencil. I love a dropped waist, but sadly I’m not an art deco starlet and they make me look hideous, so I rated that very low. Another thing I’ve realised is that calf length skirts look really frumpy on me. I always imagine I’ll look like a stylish ’50s housewife, but I actually look like a child wearing an older sibling’s hand-me-downs. My swirl skirt and my red velvet dress are both waiting for some hem reduction to knee level now that I’ve realised this. Same goes for trousers – I can go for normal long trousers or proper shorts, but the middle ground is a no-go area unless I want to look like a boy scout.

Screen Shot 2015-05-13 at 22.07.20This last part about the necklines and sleeves is all about balance for me. I’ve rated necklines that add bulk fairly low – I’m small and therefore don’t pull off big bulky turtlenecks. Sleeveless is my least favourite type of sleeve – although I do wear it sometimes I prefer to add a cap sleeve or a kimono sleeve to balance out my larger hips.

So there you go. I thought of creating some graphs or something for this post, but I ¬†don’t think there are any particularly interesting trends to reveal from the ratings, so I will just keep this post short and sweet. Next week is all about creating sillhouettes, are you excited?

I know what you’re thinking, where are all the pretty pictures?? Well, tables of data didn’t lend themselves to the prettiest post ever, but I finished my Mathilde blouse on the weekend, so I promise to provide you with a picture-filled post soon!

Wardrobe Architect Week Two: Defining Your Core Style

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Wardrobe Architect Week Two – coming up with feelings, words and images is challenging – I’m looking forward to when I can just list some clothes I like the look of ūüėČ Have any of you guys tried the 2014 Wardrobe Architect challenges? How did you find them? Anyway, here goes!
When you are wearing your favorite clothing, how do you feel (e.g. confident, sexy, poised, powerful, etc)?
I would say confident and comfortable. Obviously some clothes make me feel sexy, poised etc, but not all of the clothes I like, however all of my favourite clothes make me feel confident and in control.
When you’re wearing something that is not quite right, how do you feel?
I feel self-conscious in clothes that aren’t quite right. I worry that things are riding up or it’s not sitting right or I look frumpy. I guess a lot of clothes also make me feel unremarkable, like I blend into the background.
What are the feelings you want to avoid about the clothes you wear?
I want to avoid feeling uncomfortable – both in my clothes and in my own skin – and I want to avoid boredom with my clothes.
Who do you consider to be your style icons?
This is a really hard one. I like some people’s clothes, but I can’t think of any one person I think of as a style icon. I turned to Buzzfeed to help me out and it came up with Michelle Obama… Granted, she has quite good fashion taste, but I don’t think it really reflects my own! I don’t know guys, I just like what I like! Am I the only one who can’t come up with any style icons?
To take the question a bit more loosely, I like fashions from lots of eras and cultures – 1950s skirts, Victorian blouses, Grecian dresses, Japanese kimonos.
What is it about them that appeals to you?
I like a lot of clothes that have a fitted element to show off your curves, but without the whole outfit being tight fitting. So a dress cinched in at the waist, a pencil skirt with a looser blouse or a t-shirt tucked into a fuller skirt. I also love pretty much anything with buttons. I rarely wear a monochrome outfit – there’s always at least one element of colour.
What are some words that describe styles that you like in theory, but are not quite you?
Clean, plain, tomboy, hippie, classic, flapper.
Look over your answers from last week on history, philosophy, culture, community, activities, location, and body. List at least 15 words that you associate with your answers. Think about descriptive words, moods, and feelings you associate with these things:
Natural, bright, quirky, fun, feminine, unique, vintage, bohemian, organic, confident, dreamy, layered, bold, floaty, sensitive, culture, balance, textured, fusion.
Look over the answers to all of the questions above. If you had to narrow your list to only 3-5 words to describe you, which words would you choose?
Bold, natural, fun, bohemian, dreamy.
VISUAL EXERCISE Collect 15-20 images that represent these 3-5 words for you. You could create a pinterest board, a folder on your computer, a moodboard, or a collage. Be creative and have fun!
I created a gallery on Pinterest and you can see¬†some highlights below or click through to see te whole lot.¬†Collecting images was definitely the best part of this week’s challenge – I never used to use Pinterest that much, but it’s so much fun!

 

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Wardrobe Architect Week One: Making Style More Personal

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I’ve found this quite hard to fill out, but lets see how it goes! You can read the original article here. I’ve illustrated with some images, which are mostly fabrics from my Pinterest, so that I could think about how these influences translate into the clothes I wear.
HISTORY
How has your personal history informed the way you dress? When did your tastes crystallize? Have they changed over the years, and why?
As a teenager I wore a lot of earthy colours along with nature-inspired prints. At one point I decided that I wasn’t allowed to buy clothes just because I liked the image on the front anymore – all my clothes had to be flattering on their own. I guess this was the start of my current wardrobe philosophy, although I wear brighter colours now than I did 10 years ago.
PHILOSOPHY
How does your philosophy, spirituality, or religion affect your aesthetics and buying habits? Or, what aspects of those things would you like to see reflected?
I’ve been vegetarian for 3 years¬†and I’m more and more interested in sustainability and the environment. I guess that’s something I’d like to reflect in my wardrobe – certainly to buy more fabric that is sustainably sourced and fair trade.
CULTURE
How has your cultural background shaped the way you look? How did the aesthetics and values you grew up with affect your tastes as you got older?
I grew up in a middle class family in Sussex, England, in a town renowned for its hippie tendencies and near bohemian Brighton, so that’s probably given me some quirky fashion tastes. I certainly like my clothes to be different and interesting, but also flattering and tasteful. Are robots tasteful? Maybe I just like flattering…
As a family, we hosted Japanese students during my teenage years, so I have always had a strong interest in Japanese fashion and culture, especially kimono prints and the artists of the floating world like Hiroshige and Hokusai.
COMMUNITY
How are you influenced by the people around you, including friends, family, and other communities you’re involved in?
My mum went to art school and my dad I both did sciences at university, so I have artistic and technical influences. From my mum I inherited a love of nature-inspired prints like Liberty fabrics, although I definitely rebel against girly pinks and pastels.
 ACTIVITIES
How do your day to day activities influence your choices?
I work in a very casual office,¬†so I can wear pretty much what I like. I’ve never been one for really informal clothes anyway – I don’t own a pair of denim jeans! ¬†They’re a piece of clothing I just can’t get excited about, I’m afraid. Parrots¬†in hats, on the other hand, are exciting.¬†
 LOCATION
Does the place you live inform the way you dress? How does climate factor in?
Well I live in England, so I’m pretty attached to big knitted cardies and the bright orange raincoat I bought last year is one of my favourite things – always makes a grey day more cheery. I love wearing dresses, so a lot of the time I wear them with warm tights so I can keep wearing them when the sun’s not out.
BODY
In what ways does body image affect your choices in clothing? What clothes make you feel good about the body you live in? What clothes make you feel uncomfortable or alienated from your body?
I would say that I don’t have an unhealthy body image. I could lose a bit of weight¬†and I certainly like wearing clothes that flatter my figure rather than show off the flaws.¬†I don’t often buy trousers because it’s really hard to find a pair that are flattering and comfortable, which is certainly part of the reason I wear so many dresses. I’m short (5 foot) and curvy, so I have to be careful to wear balancing clothes – tulip skirts for example, make my hips look even bigger and large prints swamp me.
So that’s it, week one done and I thought it was surprisingly helpful! Have any of you done the Wardrobe Architect challenge? Has it magically changed your lives?