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: Michelle Williams

I’ve written a couple of Style Inspiration posts so far (on Orla Kiely and Dear Creatures) and I decided this time to write about a person whose style I like: Michelle Williams. I was first drawn to her because of her amazing short hair, which was one of the inspirations for my short hair when I had it cut off a couple of years ago.

Pixie Hair 1(image source)

I like it slightly on the longer side too:

Pixie Hair 2(image source)

I’m kind of tempted to cut my hair off again, but it took about 18 months to grow it out so I’m not sure I can be bothered to grow it out again if I change my mind again. Mine was really quite short, though – maybe if I had it like above, it wouldn’t take so long.

But I digress – I’m here to talk about fashion and not hair! I like how Michelle Williams can mix up her style and wear a pretty, girly dress one day, skinny jeans and a leather jacket the next day, and something more edgy and fashion forward the next.

On the red carpet she can wear a great gown with the best of them:

Jewelled Oscars Gown(image source)

Golden Globes Jewelled Gown with Bow(image source)

I like both of these gowns – they seem quite similar to me, except for the bow. I think they might have been from the same awards season, so maybe this is what was in that year? I like a gown with sleeves – I think you can look really elegant without showing much skin. Both of them seem to fit her perfectly, too, without looking too tight, which always looks naff. I’d love to get my fitting skills advanced enough for something to look this good!

She also sometimes doesn’t go for the obvious at red carpet events:

Shorts with White Tuxedo Jacket
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Navy Shorts Suit(image source)

I love this look of tuxedo jacket with shorts – it’s chic but not predictable. Not convinced about the hair in the first picture, but the outfit it great. I particularly like the white shirt in the second picture too – classic.

She does do a good line in pretty dresses. This one was part of my inspiration for my Elisalex Dresses I made a couple of Summers ago. I should have noticed then, though, that this one is gathered and not pleated – more on this in a later post. I do love the pockets. All dresses should have pockets! Cannes Long Sleeves Short Dress with Pocket(image source)

I love this dress – the little sleeves are really sweet and I like the different fabrics on the top and skirt. It might be separates I suppose.

Fit and Flare Dress(image source)

I love this beaded 60s-style shift. Definitely my style!

Sparkly Short Dress(image source)

I love this slightly more casual look. It’s chic but also totally wearable and comfortable looking. (Sorry the picture’s small, I couldn’t find a bigger version). I so need to get into making some Ginger Jeans!

Black Skinnies, Black Jacket and White top(image source)

 I love this casual outfit – I’m not sure I would have worn a loose sweatshirt over the top of what presumably is a dress or skirt, but it looks great. I love her sandals too!

Navy jumper over orange and white striped dress (image source)

If you’ve read my blog before, you’ll know how I love a peter pan collar. This outfit is so cute!

Peter Pan collar top and trousers(image source)

This is a more recent picture – this is her with longer hair, the pixie cut is no more. I actually like this hair on her too – maybe she will still be my hair inspiration! I also love this dress, and teaming it with ankle boots is a bit more interesting than with court shoes or something.

Gold and Black Sparkly Dress long hair
(image source)

Do you have a style icon? I think I probably have a million – I’ll share more of them in the future if you’re enjoying these posts. I tend to be drawn to actresses, because that’s my dream job. I could watch films and TV pretty much all the time (and I do, much to my shame!) because I love watching people acting.

By the way, I haven’t included any photos taken of her on the street by paparazzi. I find the paparazzi culture really quite distasteful, especially when it includes taking pictures of someone’s children – which a lot of them are with Michelle Williams. I know there’s a movement, led by Kristen Bell and supported by a lot of actresses in Hollywood to make it so papers and magazines can’t publish photos of people’s children without their permission. If you’re interested in the issue of privacy – which affects non-famous people too, from revenge porn to cyber bullies and trolls – then this is a really good interview with some leading actresses (they talk about privacy and their children’s privacy from about 35 minutes in, but the whole interview is good if you’re interested in actors):