Posts Tagged: punk

Playing with Sartorial Personae

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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. read more

Originally posted 2011-10-20 06:03:47.

Poseurs and Personae

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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. read more

Originally posted 2012-03-06 06:06:47.

Dressing Within a Defined Aesthetic – Part 2

Back in May, I posted interviews with three women who dress within defined aesthetics. Many of you wanted this to become a regular feature. It has proven difficult to find folks who adhere to a single look or style AND are willing to participate, but I’ve finally got another three collected. Huge thanks to the women who contributed!

There are definite constants within my personal style, but I refuse to be tied down to a single aesthetic. Which is why folks who have actively chosen to dress within a narrow set of parameters fascinate me. I’ve called upon a few such women and asked them to share their motivations and choices. Read on to find out more about their wardrobes, their decision-making processes, and their lives within defined dressing aesthetics. read more