The blog I mention in the Epiphany section, Lost in a Spotless Mind is actually a wonderfully blog that I’m currently obsessing about. There’s nothing wrong with the series I mentioned in particular. It’s wonderfully written, just not for me. I suggest you check it out and tell me what your experiences were!
|Babes in Toyland by Paolo Marconi|
The Epiphany Moment
Have you ever read those blog posts that are step by step methods of either obtaining your own personal style or how to do a wardrobe overhaul? Well, I spent so long Googling and reading probably hundreds of pages of them and with their similar process it never seemed to work for me. Most recently, while taking part in Lost in a Spotless Mind’s Defining Style series I encountered the same old roadblock that always hits. I was swamped with too many internet pictures that all look pretty and left thinking “Do I ACTUALLY like this?”
The actual epiphany happened in the same day. Sitting frustrated at my desk I found Polyvore open on my desktop (Coen earlier had been ranting about a crazy business plan to rip off Polyvore and other similar sites into a super-internet-clothes search, but that’s another story) and I decided, what the hell, I’ll try and put the images in my head into a set. Unbeknownst to myself I’d create a set that perfectly embodied all of the textures, patterns and colours that I want in my dream wardrobe.
|Fluffy Sweater – Velvet Dress – Tartan Dress – Floral Background (Dress) – David Bowie
Polka Dot Headscarf – Faux Leop/Coat – Leath/Pants – Leath/Skirt – Faux Stole – Leop/Cardigan
Having created the image of my perfect wardrobe it was so easy to figure out what I actually wanted. Some elements really surprised me!
Red, Black and White (With Purple Accents)
Apparently, I would love more red in my wardrobe.
Leopard, Tartan, Leather and a Bit of Velvet
I’ve always had a love of leather and my love for tartan was opening growing. But I had no idea how much leopard print I actually wanted! People have a habit of outwardly telling me that they dislike leopard print while I’m wearing it (I have no idea why) but I personally couldn’t live without it. Besides, leopard print is a neutral that will go with most of my current wardrobe.
Lots of Fake Fur
This may be my envy over most of your winter but I’ve been meaning to add some faux fur into my wardrobe. A stole can easily be added to a winter coat for extra warmth, a quick change and some elegance. Just beware it can be a lot of work to take care of.
I’ve only ever dabbled in vintage elements and never thought much of them. But a lot of the images and bloggers I love have a personal style that embodies lots of vintage elements. I don’t think it’ll be more than a few midi skirts, red lips and silk scarves for me but those simple accessories add something unique to any outfit.
I’ve recently realised (Yes, I’ve had a tonne of time to have epiphanies this summer!) that my summer download is buying singlets and tops that do not cover my shoulders. I rarely feel comfortable with my shoulders out and I’m not quite sure why. In summer I have lots of tops to wear but end up having to throw a cardigan over them to actually wear them, adding to my soon-to-come heatstroke.
I’m slowly working on piecing my wardrobe back together and it’s going to be a long time before I see any major changes. I can’t go out a buy a whole wardrobe in a week, even if I try to convince myself I can (besides, I’m too picky!). In the meantime I’d love to hear your comments on what changes your personal style has taken? We all grow and along with our own change the needs of our closets and the kind of clothes we enjoy changes. I dare you to post a comment telling me something you used to love (do you detest, cringe or hit a nice nostalgia trip when you think about it now?) and something that you’ve recently fallen in love with.