Wardrobe Architect Week 2: Defining a Core Style

 

Here I am back for the second week of Colette’s Wardrobe Architect. This week it’s about trying to work out what our core style is, building on what we found out about ourselves in week 1.

There is another worksheet, with some questions, which again I’ll cover here.

When you are wearing your favorite clothing, how do you feel (e.g. confident, sexy,
poised, powerful, etc)?
Comfortable, the right temperature, unique (but not standing out too much), and correctly dressed for the occasion – I hate feeling way under- or over-dressed.
When you’re wearing something that is not quite right, how do you feel? What are the
feelings you want to avoid about the clothes you wear?
uncomfortable, not like me, feel like people are judging me for wearing the wrong thing (though, of course, they’re almost certainly not!).
Who do you consider to be your style icons? What is it about them that appeals to you?
Michelle Williams, Ginnifer Goodwin and Lupita Nyong’o. Interestingly they all have short hair! I like how Michelle Williams and Ginnifer Goodwin both have a slightly vintage vibe, but also look cool and fashion forward – and I think they can both pull off multiple kinds of look. And Lupita Nyong’o always looks chic and cool and her clothes fit perfectly. I also like all the bold colours she wears and the interesting silhouettes she pulls off.
What are some words that describe styles that you like in theory, but are not quite you?
I often feel like I want to look like a rock star, but I just don’t think I could pull of a leather jacket! I also love the masculine/ androgynous look of someone like Tilda Swinton, but I feel being only 5’3″ that I couldn’t really pull that off! I also go through phases of really liking 40s style clothes and the lindy hop style, but I think it’s the wrong era for me.
After answering these questions, you come up with some words from your answers from last week, then narrow it down to 3-5 words. Mine are:
Cool
Comfortable
Confident
Vintage
With these words in my mind, I made a new pinterest board to pin photos of outfits I like (which is the last stage of this week’s exercise).  You can find all the image sources on pinterest. It seems that the pictures I pinned fit into a few different categories.
1. Casual outfits with trousers (most pleated) and slouchy shapes on the top.
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2. Modern and vintage outfits with interesting style lines

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3. Shift dresses, tops and coats with 60s vibes, particularly with collars and stripes.
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4. More modern-looking boxy tops, with interesting prints on the fabric.
core-style-15 core-style-17 Then I have a few photos that don’t really go together or into the categories above. They’re a mixture of vintage and modern styles, but they are all quite loose silhouettes.
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I’ve found this really useful in working out what my core styles are – I knew there would be more than one, but by pinning lots of pictures, you can then spot the trends which then helps you realise what you’re drawn to. I think I need to make myself some pleated trousers – and get more brogues in more colours! I am also falling back in love with cute collars, so that’s good to know!

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Style Crush: Lupita Nyong’o

Today I want to talk about how much I love Lupita Nyong’o. I’m sure like everyone else she came to my attention during the awards season 2 years ago when she was nominated for her role in 12 Years A Slave for pretty much every award going. I actually watched the Oscars that year (staying up until about 4am!) and I was thrilled – and a little moved – when she won the Oscar. I also loved the dress she wore. When asked about it she said the colour reminded her of Nairobi – she was brought up in Kenya.

The Prada gown seemed to fulfill any princess fantasies one might have but also be a bit different in terms of the cut and the fit – I love how it plunges so low at the front!

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From the same awards season is this Ralph Lauren red dress with a cape. I love it!! It’s so chic and edgy at the same time.

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This is another Prada gown which she wore to the 12 Years A Slave premier at the Toronto Film Festival. I know actresses all have stylists these days but this was her first movie – I doubt many actresses looked like this at their first few premiers!

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This is another gown from her first awards season – this time by Gucci. i love the colour – I love turquoise in general – and I love how it’s mostly simple but has the pretty flower neckline. I like her makeup here too.

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Nothing quite like a perfectly fitting yellow gown!

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This is definitely what I would be doing in this green Gucci gown too! Another great deep v on the front.

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This white Calvin Klein dress Lupita wore to the 2014 Critics Choice awards is stunning. I love the cut outs and the slightly sporty feel of the top and the simple column skirt.

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Who doesn’t love a red sparkly dress?! And it looks great with and without the white coat.

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Earlier this year Lupita was promoting her new film, Queen of Katwe, about an African (Ugandan) chess prodigy and her outfits for the various events were definite nods to the film’s setting and to her Kenyan roots.

I love, love, love this dress! Blue and yellow are two of my favourite colours (as I’m sure you’d know if you looked at all my me mades!) and the headscarf looks amazing. And the outfit looks somehow really effortless – even though I’m sure a lot of work went into putting it together.

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This is another amazing outfit from the press tour. I love everything about it – the super high-waisted trousers with the giant turn-ups, the matching top and headscarf, the earrings, her eyeshadow. The outfit is by Rosie Assoulin, a designer I’d not come across before. She worked for Oscar de la Renta and at Lanvin before launching her own line. You should google her stuff, it’s quite structural and cool.

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Another event, another great headscarf and dress. I like the simplicity of the dress, with the (I assume embroidery) detailing around the neck and hem.

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This Chanel dress, which I think she wore to the premier of Start Wars is so cool. I love the cut out at the back and the sequined shoulders. I like how the back stripes are missing for the waist and hem, it emphasises her great figure. I love her hair here too.

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Now I’ve got a few slightly less dressed up outfits – I pretty much could only find photos of her on red carpets, so I don’t know much about her ‘street’ style.

I love this purple jacket – I assume the collar is from the dress underneath. The proportions of this jacket are spot on. I don’t normally like purple, but it definitely looks good on her! Also her make-up looks beautiful and I love the earrings.

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I love this shift dress – the fit is spot on. And I like the patterns on the front.

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I like the use of the stripe on this green, white and black dress. Also I love her hair super short but it looks really cool here.

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I want this outfit (though probably in a different colour!). The trousers!

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And finally I will leave you with this stunning photo from her Vogue photoshoot from 2015. The gown is by Givenchy and I think everything about this photo is perfection.

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Who is your red carpet style icon?

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