Thursday, January 16, 2014

Wardrobe Architect: Worksheet #1

Are you following along with the Wardrobe Architect project on Coletterie? (If not, read it NOW!) Today Sarai posted the first worksheet, which contains some prompts to help start you thinking about what has influenced your style. She gave a bonus challenge to Instagram photos on the themes that influence style. Today's theme is "personal history".

This is my sophomore yearbook photo. It might be my least favorite photograph of myself. A bit of background: I was homeschooled and entered high school my sophomore year. I had a few friends from church and so wasn't totally alone when I went to public school, but I was painfully nervous about fitting in. The last thing I wanted to do was stand out. As if you could look at someone and know by sight that they were homeschooled? And as if that was such a bad thing? IDK. I was 15. I didn't know anything about anything.

My high school style certainly reflected my inner teenage turmoil. I wore a lot of solid colors, jeans, and that was about it. I never did anything with my hair and didn't start wearing makeup until I was probably 17, maybe older. All I wanted to do was blend.

I could easily sew a whole wardrobe of solid colors, but I don't think anyone is doing that. We're all magpies, attracted to pretty fabrics and things that honestly aren't "us". But I don't think my problem is resigning myself to sewing boring garments, I think my problem is learning to embrace risks. I'm not in high school; if some random person at the grocery store doesn't like my outfit, are they going to tell me to my face? Tease me? Doubtful.

One of the reasons I love Heidi Klum is precisely because she wears crazy stuff. I read an interview with her where she said she wears what she likes and that's that. She KNOWS people will criticize her but she barrels ahead anyway. (Okay, if I looked like her I'd wear whatever I wanted, too!) It's all about confidence.

I want to challenge myself to take more risks with my wardrobe. No, not with bustiers and hot pants, but with color, and prints. With silhouettes and fabrics. I might surprise myself with what looks good. And if you look good, and know it, who can stop you?

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