Posts Tagged: rocker

Playing with Sartorial Personae

style persona

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.

Thrifting for Trends: Spring/Summer 2014 Edition

It’s time, once again, to examine the hot “new” trends for the season, and remind ourselves that fashion recycles EVERYTHING! Here are just a few of the garments, colors, and styles that are trending for spring and summer that you can easily track down at your local thrift and consignment shops. (Note that all of the on-trend items I’m wearing below have been thrifted. Already.)

Pastels

pastels

About as groundbreaking for spring as florals, I know. It merits mentioning that just about every fashion magazine highlighted actual florals as a trend for this season. Will there ever be a time when florals aren’t appropriate for spring and summer wear? Probably not. And although pastels are a classic palette for warm weather, especially around Easter time, they fell out of favor for a good long time. They’re back now, though, and extremely hot for the coming season. If pastels don’t suit your complexion, wear them away from your face in pants, skirts, shoes, belts, or bags. As is the case with all color trends, this one will be incredibly easy to thrift! Pastels have been around for many decades, which means they’ll be readily available at your local thrift shop. read more

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