I’ve encouraged you all to find inspiration everywhere you look. I genuinely believe that sartorial inspiration is all around us so long as we remain open to it. Stores whose merchandise we don’t own can spark outfit ideas, women working with far larger or smaller budgets can inform new looks, people who are different from us in practically every way can still inspire us to dress in new and exciting ways.
But I also know that we gravitate toward people who look and feel familiar, and that outfit ideas are much easier to tease out of still images if the woman in those images has our same proportions or build. There’s nothing wrong with seeking out imagery that shows women who resemble YOU on blogs or Pinterest or in magazines. But in case you’re curious, here are some of the ways I examine and consider photos that get filed away for dressing inspiration.
Originally posted 2014-05-28 06:19:02.
When I was in college, I got scolded by a guy for not caring enough about my clothes. He took it upon himself to tell me that I’d be so much prettier if I’d just put on a dress once in a while. He was an acquaintance, not a friend, and he felt it was important to let me know that my lack of interest in fashion was affecting his perception of me. And potentially the perceptions of others. I did not care enough about fashion.
The receptionist at my old job was an older gal and famously grumpy. She was one of those people whose compliments always felt backhanded and acidic. She made a point of commenting whenever I wore something she perceived to be new – items that, nine times out of ten, I’d had for years but not yet worn to the office. When I told her I was writing a book, she lit up. When I told her what it was about, she pulled a grimace. I cared too much about fashion.
Originally posted 2013-09-26 06:04:47.
Reader Erin e-mailed me this request:
Every style blogger makes blazers look great, but I find them hard to style. They seem so versatile on the rack, but then seem frumpy (I’m 24), too dressy/formal, or occasionally too equestrian when I try to create an outfit with them. I’ve asked some stylish friends and several of them have run into the same issues. Do you have any tips or suggestions for styling blazers well?
It took me a while to feel like I could make blazers work within the context of my style, so I can relate to Erin’s frustrations. Blazers get a lot of play in fashion mags and advice columns, but they CAN feel a bit challenging. Especially if you’re still exploring your own personal style while trying to embrace the flattering and eschew the formal.
Originally posted 2012-01-30 06:23:06.