Wardrobe Architect Week One: Making Style More Personal

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?

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