I’ve written about this topic before, and just read another style book that brought the question to mind: “What am I saying with my clothes?” (The book, a good old classic with lots of cool photography and some still-current advice, is Women’s Wardrobe, by Kim Johnson Gross and Jeff Stone, copyright 1995.) My previous post on the subject was titled There Goes (You); (You’re) So . . . . I like the old blog post title better, but I didn’t want to plagiarize myself.
From the book Women’s Wardrobe:
Clothes talk, even when we don’t. they speak volumes about us. . . . Why do we choose what we choose? What decisions do we make when choosing to put two disparate pieces of clothing together? Make sure that you and your clothes speak the same language.
The elements of choice in our clothing speaking for us are: color, texture, fabric and mixing. Those are universal ingredients across age and time, although I believe we do really require a few decades on the planet to pull it all together. Probably no coincidence that all my examples are over 40. You can see all of those style aspects in play in the gorgeous women below.
My blogger friends have wonderful, diverse style voices. Here are just three of them, there are dozens more:
1. Suzanne has a style that’s artistic, creative, colorful, and compelling. You want to look at her and absorb it all. She pulls from vintage, self-created, fine art and modern influences and it’s all glorious. I want to dress like her, but I don’t have the talent, and it wouldn’t be me, just a copy of Suzanne.
2. Susan always looks confident, polished, and pulled together. She chooses quality pieces and makes them her own with statement jewelry, shoes, sunglasses, and bags. Susan favors neutrals and may have a curated closet – I don’t know, but she always looks like someone who can go anywhere and represent.
3. Judith, a dear friend and the first blogger I ever met in person, is always refined, ladylike (and strong) and vintage-elegant. Her appearance matches her spirit perfectly; she can touch your soul like an angel walking the earth. Her clothing looks like it was created just for her, but mostly she discovers it, uncovers it, and gives it life.
As for me, I think my clothing says I am: modern, lively, feminine but not utterly so, confident, and humorous.
So what is your clothing saying about you?
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