I’ve always felt a bit awkward in clothing that wasn’t functional. I think my emotions around dress are a product of my youth; clothing was either for the elements or for sport. My spandex tights and leotards allowed for greater flexibility while figure skating and my Carhart’s provided additional warmth while out on the dogsled trail. Despite these early years of function over fashion, I spent the majority of my 20′s working in fields that were driven by a belief that what one wore was a form of self-expression. I made precious silk clutches for brides that were both functional and fashionable; the irony is not lost on me.
Somewhere along the way I started to embrace the sky high heels, full skirts, and big jewels; it always felt a bit like playing dress up. Though it was fun to decorate myself in different colors, prints, and textures I alway felt a little foolish. Now that I’ve moved on from the wedding industry I don’t feel the need to exude overt femininity with everything I wear, yet the lady-girl in me starts to feel a little sad when I am dressed in sensible clothing like what is pictured below. (I guess the middle look and the last look could work, but again the black!)
At I am reinventing my style yet again, fighting tooth and nail to not become another face in a sea of sensible black clothing – it’s so hard! I’m torn between comfort and style, between function and artistry. Plus I’m a short and curvy lady; a classic hourglass. This means that it is more than easy for the “frump train” to pull into the station. One blogger I adore is Girl with Curves, she knows herself and expresses it through an explorative style that is all her own. She has a collection that is launching in a couple days, perhaps I’ll snatch up a few pieces from it.
I found that I dress for my mood, how I want to feel or how I actually feel. Comfort is super important to me now, more important than ever before. My pinterest boards are filled with inspiration and with each season I map out what I’d like my closet to convey. Of course what I want to wear and what is actually available for purchase are 2 very different things — seems to me like it’s time I learn how to make some clothes.