A question often asked of musicians, but can just as easily be put to ANYONE interested in style, clothing, dressing, and associated things:
Who are your influences? Who would you say has had the most profound impact on your personal style? Parents? Sibs? Celebs? Friends? Coworkers?
My mom has been a major influence on my style for much of my life, although more so early on. I’ve mentioned that she’s made me countless dresses over the years, and having that collaborative relationship right there at home – picking out patterns and cloth together, getting her advice on fit and flattery – was an amazing gift. We are very different body shapes, have different tastes, and are (obviously) from different generations, but I’d cite her as my first and most important influence. Even before I knew I liked clothes, I knew I liked contributing my small piece to the dresses she made me. And I realize now that I absorbed a lot of information about construction and design during those brainstorming sessions.
Running a close second are my fellow style bloggers. Too many to list, but the three you see at the top are constantly influencing my stylistic decisions. Audi challenges me to create unusual combinations of pieces, and use items however I want, regardless of how they are INTENDED to be used. Elsita (my relatively recent girl crush) challenges me to be feminine without being girly, foofy, or saccharine. And Erin challenges me to embrace my inner rocker chick without going overboard.
Husband Mike exerts a ton of influence on my style, but in the best possible way. He isn’t a snarky, controlling husband who kvetches when I wear formless sweaters or picks out my clothes for me when I get it wrong. But he helps me understand my proportions with thoughtful comments, encourages me to branch out and explore my own style, and can accessorize me like no one else. Plus he always tells me when he likes what I’m wearing. And I take note.
I can’t say that I have a celebrity style icon, per se, but celeb looks definitely influence how I shop and dress. I look to Rachel Bilson, Jennifer Aniston, Mandy Moore, and Reese Witherspoon to see slightly edgier, more of-the-moment versions of my own look. I adore Cate Blanchett’s style, too, though I see her in evening gowns more often than anything else, and I’m far more interested in coffee shop wear than red carpet garb.