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2013 December 5
by elizabeth_admin

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?


8 Responses leave one →
  1. December 5, 2013

    I am so with you on this look! Maybe the Eileen Fisher web site will hold some inspiration for you. Many of her items seem to work for our type of figure.

  2. December 5, 2013

    This is an awesome post. I love how you’ve defined the look you need for the life you’re living now along with the colors you’re drawn to. Hate to tell you this but that’s called style! I snuck a peek at your Pinterest board and I like a lot of what you’ve pinned there. BTW, I think you can create the length of illusion that those garments illustrate by using tonal colors, longer lines than you’d probably normally wear and no belts or embellishments.

    So are you only going to use these ideas for details or will you attempt to sew some of these looks?

  3. Shams permalink
    December 5, 2013

    A great post, Elizabeth. So many changes to your life in recent years, and it does means you have to adapt and change and “figure” it out. I like your pin board!

  4. December 6, 2013

    I love this post and think your top is seriously cool! I was a ‘teen in the 80’s and I really miss androgynous dressing. Although I consider myself quite feminine, I think dressing that’s as gender-conscious as in the last years gets boring. We’re more than just boy or girl, you know? I’m knitting myself a sweater at the moment, a simple unisex pattern, and it’s exactly what I would have loved as a 14 yo in 1984!

  5. Emmy Jay permalink
    December 6, 2013

    Love this post — I was huge La Femme Nikita (the old series) fan, too, and now I’ll have to find a way to re-watch some episodes as soon as I can.

    And I’ve got a style disconnect thing going on as well: curvy, curly blond hair +not a girly-girl by any stretch of the imagination + a massive fan of SF, dark fiction in general — further complicated by the fact that my workplace is very conservative. Lately I’ve been going for style inspiration — considering it a challenge to sneak some of those ideas in my work wardrobe, but always feeling better when I do.

  6. Wendy permalink
    December 6, 2013

    Good heavens–I have the same style disconnect, and had never figured it out! I can’t tell you how many geometric, elegantly understated, edgy clothes I’ve made, and never worn because they just don’t look right on me. So disappointing! You’re right–my outside doesn’t match how I see myself from inside.

    Thank you for the insight!

  7. December 7, 2013

    I really enjoyed–and related to this post! I think as life unfolds, it tends to make us into different/changed people and our outer selves should evolve, too. I’ve been in Hong Kong for a few weeks now and am so impressed by the very sophisticated and streamlined look of the majority here–among all ages. I started garment sewing again in answer to the “one-age-fits-all” fashions pushed on us back in US (my husband calls it the Day Old Donut Look 🙂 Like you, it’s been a journey of self-discovery. Thanks for the thoughts and I’ll check out your Pinterest!

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