Part of the joy of fashion is experimenting, stepping outside our comfort zones. Some women do adopt a uniform and wear it throughout their lives, but these are few, and most of them have rather striking features and personalities.
The majority of us enjoy changing our look periodically, incorporating trends, and trying new colors and silhouettes. I have a theory though (well, I have thousands of theories and no one wants to hear them) that we tend to move back toward our tried and true looks. That we revert to the mean, to use a math analogy.
I don’t mean that we never change our style, of course we do. I for one will not be found in stiff, corporate suits, nude hose and pumps again. That chapter of my life is over. And the bold skin-baring looks of youth will not pass my closet door.
But I yam what I yam and I know what I know. In broad strokes, I have a feminine look: pale skin, light curly hair and a slim, elongated form. I know that these looks are my best:
- Muted colors. No primary colors.
- Soft lines rather than very crisp ones.
- Subtle prints.
- Flowing skirts and dresses.
|This Anthropologie dress is so my-style, though I prefer sleeves.|
- Defined waistlines.
- Medium-proportioned jewelry and handbags.
I try to move outside my comfort zone, and that’s been one of the goals of Visible Monday. I’ve had success in adding new colors (pale yellow), silhouettes (midi skirts) and accessories (love my colored tights). But although I have wandered over to the following looks, they really did not feel/look like “me”, so they’ve ended up in consignment and thrift stores:
- Sharply tailored blazers with shoulder pads.
- Crisp white man-tailored shirts with big collars.
|I adore this look but it doesn’t work for me.|
- Black leather jackets (I love them, but a fitted gray or dark brown one would be more me).
- Plaids – near my face anyway. A plaid skirt is divine.
- Bold, over-sized pieces. Love them, but not on me.
What about you? Do you “stray” in search of a new look, then find yourself returning to your tried and true? Do you have a range of looks that’s “you” and do you feel uncomfortable when you move outside of it?
Or are you a true chameleon, happy to change looks as the mood arises, and comfortable in many styles? No wrong answers of course, I love to hear your views!