Reader Krysta e-mailed me this question:
I would love to hear some input on the process of finding a good pair of boots! Growing up, boots were always worn with a specific functional purpose in mind, either for dirty messy work or getting in/out of the ski lodge while on vacation. In the past couple of years, as I’ve grown into putting effort into my style, I’ve also started looking for a nice pair of boots. However, everywhere I turn, it feels like I can’t find anything that hits the perfect trifecta of fitting my style, fitting my pinched-penny budget, and fitting me. Looking online at sites like 6pm gets me closer, but I have no idea how to even guess if the boot will fit in the height and calf (valid concerns when you fall well outside the norm in leg-length!). I’d love to be able to pull out a pair of trusty boots as the weather turns cold and wet, but I just can’t seem to make the jump!
Originally posted 2014-01-27 06:38:23.
I’m a big proponent of continuity of style. Experimenting with wildly different looks is a fabulous way to explore your figure and taste, but I believe that the end goal should generally be to create a wardrobe that has a few beloved common threads running throughout. To be clear, I am NOT saying that you should dress in similar outfits every day of you life, or force yourself to be consistent merely for the sake of consistency. I’m saying that understanding your own aesthetic preferences will help you craft outfits that broadcast information about yourself to the observing world, and that by attempting to cultivate some consistent elements you’ll be able to do so more precisely. In my experience, those who dress in extremely different styles every day draw more attention to their clothing choices than to themselves. And that’s a valid path, too, of course. But having worked with dozens of style consult clients, my impression is that the majority would prefer to have style support and reinforce who they are instead of becoming the primary point of interest and conversation.
Originally posted 2011-10-20 06:03:47.
I love playing around with sartorial personae. Mine are more active in summer and fall, as evidenced by the above photos of me in futuristic tough-gal, cowgirl, and retro woman attire. But I do my fair share of playing with punk, arty girl, and nomad looks through the winter months, too. It’s exciting and invigorating to wear an ensemble that highlights an aspect of your personality, or expresses a part of yourself you wish you could explore more thoroughly.
But I find that there are certain lines I’m loathe to cross, certain garments I feel strange wearing, and certain combinations of pieces that push me over the line into feeling like a poseur. Interestingly, much of that has to do with authenticity.
Originally posted 2012-03-06 06:06:47.