I too have dilemma's working out what is appropriate for the Me I Am Now - or perhaps some of us feel more like Who is the Me I am Now? - I certainly do, because part of dressing is sometimes about the role we play in life and when our roles change we can sometimes feel a little lost. We try and wear clothes that suit our lifestyle, but it helps if you also feel like yourself, not just your role or your lifestyle.
As you have all told me a little about your style concerns and life transitions I thought I should return the favour and tell you about mine. I don't often talk about myself much on blogs, because I don't really want my blog to be about me, but also about you :). However, I realise that is two way, and you might also want to know about me. If not, just skip this bit and look at the pictures instead :)
I'm a middling or muddling through sort of person. I've done quite a few different things in life and always dressed for the job. I am not even sure I even developed a sense of style - quite a few of us don't. When I was younger, I wore a school uniform. When I went to work, I wore a uniform ( student nurse first, then Registered Nurse). Then I went to University and completed an Arts degree (Hons 1st class) in the creative area (Drama and Screen Studies). Black t-shirts and jeans where the uniform there.
I've renovated houses in the past and reno-wear was appropriate there. And mortgage payments at this point in time came well before the clothing budget. I'm sure many of you have the same lifestyle problems now, especially my younger followers.
I've completed an online postgraduate degree in Psychology , and sloppy comfortable clothes that you don't want anyone to see was the daily uniform then. When you are struggling with Statistics units and exams, believe me, you really don't care what you look like.
I was born in England and lived in London and then Shropshire. I cam to Australia at the age of 10 and lived in Sydney with my parents, then Adelaide. As an independent adult I have lived in Adelaide, Perth and Alice Springs. I loved all three latter locations - Perth and Alice especially so, as quite a few people come from "elsewhere" and it is easy to build new friendships with other people brave enough to take on the challenge of uprooting oneself and living "somewhere else" with all that entails.
When I married and relocated to NSW again, I could not find suitable work here, apart from a short stint as a casual lecturer in the field of Television Studies, before the department was downsized. . Luckily I have no need to work, but it does throw you back into developing your own inner resources. Hence my further study. I now also help my husband with some aspects of managing his medical practice.
At the moment I am in "limbo" waiting to see if I can get into the next stage of the Psychology requirements. If not, then I will do a degree in something else that interests me (choosing from the long list of interests is also going to be a challenge for me - eeny, meeny, miny, mo...)
What this transitional "gap" year does allow is the opportunity to develop my own sense of style instead of choosing clothes that are role or activity chosen that I don't really like. And a great opportunity to meet lots of other bloggers with the same interests.
So over the next few months I will be combining ideas from a few designers that I like and trying to make them out of my stash, or from the materials I can actually purchase. I will be using ideas from Margaret Howells Autumn/Winter 2013 collection to base my summer wardrobe on (see yesterday's post - this is the link:
I like Basler as a label. I have chosen a few garments that I can easily consider making from my stash. These garments are from Basler's current Spring/Summer range.
|I have some aqua fabric to make pants and skirt with.|
|An easy outfit but maybe not leggings but slim cotton trousers and tops|
|Maybe adapted to linens?|
|I have some Aqua sateen to make a nice jacket|
|Stash chambray could make an easy shirtdress|
|Aqua fabric from stash along with linens and demims|
|Too zippy/rock chick for me.|
|I love this jacket - maybe in cottons as a blouse|
|Maybe a nice cotton to make a cool evening jacket|
|Basics in neutrals - fabrics in stash|
|Basics in neutral and neons - I wouldn't wear neon, but the outfit is a basic smart casual look.|
|Again, a smart casual look that could be adapted.|
|And Ditto this.|
Like quite a few of you, I like to feel comfortable, but I want to look nice as well. And age appropriate without looking "old". We all want to feel good in our clothes.
For those of you going through a style transition, start keeping a scrapbook of ideas that you like. Blogs are a great place to store your ideas and share them with other people.
I know a lot of you are also trying to work out what is right for you now, so it will be lovely to share thoughts and ideas. Please always feel free to voice them so we can help each other.
I hope I haven't been too wordy and bored you to tears today:)
Happy style sewing;
Sarah Liz :)