You know I thrive on hypotheticals, analysis, lists, and staring at my navel, right? I went into exactly the right profession when I became a psychotherapist at age 40. Even one of my Psych professors told me I didn’t have to analyze everything.
So, agreed. But I have been devouring a wardrobe series by London blogger Anuschka Rees, from her blog Into Mind. Her personal style is more minimalistic than my own, but I love her articles on revamping and refining one’s wardrobe.
I’m working my way through Anuschka’s Ten Step Wardrobe Revamp now, reading and jotting down ideas. I’m not a de-cluttering rookie, nor a toss-it-out fanatic. I do enjoy picking up tips here and there and this young woman’s got some great strategies.
I found the following thought exercise and I’m having fun with it. (Her suggested exercises are meant to help us define our style signature/s). Here’s the question, wish I’d thought of it:
What five items would you buy if you had unlimited funds? I pared it down to four for this post, but hey, pick six or eight, go crazy. The idea is to choose “dream” pieces we think would enhance our style. Our picks tell us what we’d like to see in our real-life closets, and how we like to see ourselves. It doesn’t mean we’d actually buy all these pieces even if we were flush, because money is for lots of things more important than wardrobes. This is for imagining.
Here are my money-is-no-object choices, and what they say about my style:
- A tuxedo, YSL if I can find the right one. I’d want looser trousers and a slim jacket, Le Smoking would be best. I’m not an androgynous dresser but I love this look, made feminine with a ruffled blouse and red lipstick. This expresses the part of me that wants to stand out, bend the rules, and be visible, in elegance.
- A personalized necklace by Wendy Brandes. I have been watching this Boleyn necklace by Wendy for two years (I have to get the silver version in real life, still fabulous). It represents what I love in jewelry. The initial “G” will make it mine, it’s bold and artistic, and I could wear it any day, with anything. It’s the part of me that loves unique jewelry, not Mall stuff.
|Wendy Brandes necklace. I’d get the “G”, of course.|
- A Cartier tank watch. The classic, with the leather strap. This piece has the masculine vibe again (a pattern emerges!). I like a simple watch, and I’m perfectly happy with my Seiko. But with cash to burn, I’d wear this one every day. Beauty in simplicity. Masculine (this watch) plus feminine (Wendy’s necklace).
- Diane von Furstenburg wrap dresses, many (multiples count as one item ☺). The real ones. In fabulous prints. Say no more.
Over to you, stylish readers. What dream items would you add to your closet? Do they reflect some aspect of your personal style?