I’ve talked about my style disconnect before. I feel very different on the inside than I look on the outside. I won’t go into any psychological theories as to why. It’s not important the why. It just is. I look very feminine on the outside — I’m curvy. I have curly hair. I have a traditionally feminine look. But I think and feel drastically different on the inside. I hate shopping (except for fabric shopping). I love Sci-Fi. I’m a little rough around the edges. My sense of humor can seem a bit off to some and acerbic to most. I’m not always politically correct.
I grew up in the 80′s. Fashion for women was not body conscious. Think oversized, big shoulder pads. It was also a little androgynous. I had an almost crew cut length short haircut with long purple bangs that hid my eyes. That 80′s style and that of the 90′s had a bigger effect on me than I have previously thought. Right now I am really drawn to minimalist looks and styles. Clean lines, boyish figures, a limited color palette of blacks, greys, whites, tans and browns. I know I have previously declared myself a print fabric person, but now I am seeking out solids and textures rather than prints. The print-iest I will go right now is a stripe. No florals for me. No geometric designs. And certainly no paisleys.
It’s getting cooler here and all I can think about is coat porn, as Tom and Lorenzo call it. My Burda coat that I have muslined, but haven’t constructed yet. My faux fur and leather vest that I haven’t finished yet. And of super cool fall clothes. I keep thinking of my style icon, Nikita (Peta Wilson) from the 90′s tv show, La Femme Nikita. I have spent hours looking for stills of some of her wardrobe. She dressed to kill. Literally. Especially in the later seasons, as she became a more sophisticated spy with more responsibilities within Section One, the most covert spy agency in the world. ;)
I’ve also called myself a dress person. And that’s true. I love me a dress. But since moving to San Diego, I’ve found I wear dresses less and less. To almost never. (Except for my maxi dress). They just don’t fit my lifestyle since I’m not working yet. Right now, I’m wearing jeans, skirts and occasionally pants, but no dresses really. Maybe when I start working again dresses as a wardrobe choice will become more prevalent, but right now, I don’t even consider them for my daily wear.
I don’t use Pinterest much, but I did create a LFN Style board to inspire me. It’s filled with minimalist designers and looks I’ve found. You can peruse my LFN Style board here. My curvy body type doesn’t suit a lot of the clothes obviously designed for long, lithe, boy-body models with very little bosoms, but my hope is that I can pull some of the details that make these designs cool into clothes that I make for myself. In theory, at least.
I’ve already sewn one top that I think recreates the LFN style a bit, my grey and faux leather Renfrew top.
Who’s your style icon? What style do you gravitate to the most? Does it jive well with your body type? Do you have a style disconnect like I do?