It’s 1:30 am here, and I have just gotten the baby to sleep. So, at this point in time, this blog post seems like a good idea. That may change, but for now, I think I’ll continue- it will help me organize my thoughts.
I have recently learned that my personal style doesn’t really match my actual style. I wear a denim skirt and black tops mostly- I like the look of black with denim, it’s classic, but it’s also really boring if overdone- and believe me, it’s overdone in my wardrobe. My favorite blue broomstick skirt got torn beyond repair, so I really only have the denim skirt that I like to wear- and a couple others that are tolerable. For my weight loss group, we are focusing on outer beauty this week, and clothes in particular. I have been saving clothes that I love that I find here and there around the web for years, in the hopes that someday (who knows when someday is?) I will be able to get them. I described my personal style to my weight loss group as 2 parts hippie, 1 part goth girl, and 1 part romantic (historically romantic, actually).
When I get down to the weight I want to be, I intend to start building a new wardrobe for myself. I have done the planning for it already- a lot of it will be handmade by me, and hopefully several pieces will be bought too, because there are several pieces I love.
Here’s the breakdown of the brainstorming I did about my wardrobe:
First, I thought about all the things I do in a week, and all the clothing that would be appropriate for that activity. I took into account season and weather. I analyzed my personal style. I listed the kinds of fabrics I love, and the colors I like to wear (and that look good on me). I also took into account the fact that I intend to be pregnant again, and therefore in need of maternity and transitional wear. I thought about shoes, accessories, outdoor wear, swimwear, nightwear, and underwear. I figured the bare minimum I would need based on activities and season. And that formed the basis for this future wardrobe of mine.
Now, for the fun stuff:
Here are some pieces that I think define my personal style, and that I particularly lust after, and would either like to buy, or replicate.
This first one is an African kanga, a large piece of cloth that is worn in a number of different styles- I would wear it as a skirt, primarily. It has an African saying on it, this particular one says, “One’s fortunes are planned by God”
I am really interested in ethnic fashions. I would love to have a collection of pieces from many places around the world.
Like this kebaya. I learned about this Asian group years ago, but haven’t been able to find much information on them. The clothing style is a fusion of Eastern and Western influences- a beautiful western inspired blouse worn with a sarong.
I also really like these Romanian blouses- especially this blackwork! It would look so nice with any peasant skirt I could make:
I love skirts. I only wear ankle length ones, partially for modesty reasons, and partially because I think it’s the most flattering length on me. But I’m particularly interested in skirts that allow for more activity. I have not encountered anything that I can’t do in a skirt, besides Pilates. And I will get to that later. 🙂
I like this skirt, divided for horse riding– I doubt I will be doing much horseback riding, but I’m sure this skirt has more uses than that. 🙂
This is the other “active” skirt I want- this skirt has traveled all around the world, to the most exotic locations- and it can become pants or shorts too. This is definitely at the top of my list:
Among the many patterns I wish to sew, are these designed by independent WAHMs (that’s work at home moms, a group I choose to support over large corporations whenever I can) which mostly fall into the “Romantic” category. 🙂
I’m particularly interested in maternity/nursing dresses. And the thing I love about dresses is that you don’t have to coordinate them! They just ARE.
This one is from Baker Lane.
I also want the Regency dress pattern from Sensibility.com, along with pretty much all the rest of her patterns, but I figured I’d start with that one (maternity/nursing variation, of course!) Here’s a great example of the maternity/nursing variation!
Though I love skirts, I have also found some pants that I really like. I actually really like a stretchy pair of boot legged jeans, but I don’t find them as comfortable as I used to before baby. (Boo!) But in college, I saw a girl wearing wrap pants similar to these, and ever since I have wanted a pair:
And I like these pairs too (great for yoga/pilates!)
(drool drool drool)
Thai fisherman’s pants, inspired by a good friend I met when we were both pregnant, and she told me how comfortable they are with a growing belly.
Yoga pants from Girl Skirt Mission
See? I’d wear pants, if I just had the right ones! 🙂
I said earlier that I was 2 parts hippie- actually, I only meant in clothing- in personality, I’m probably more like 98% hippie. 🙂 I don’t remember when I first saw them, but I fell in love with the patchwork hippie skirts and dresses, and have vowed to learn to make my own. So far, I’ve made one strip skirt. I aspire to the artistry here. I tried really hard to only pick the best of the best:
For some reason I”m really a sucker for pictures in snow. And look! Matching shirt, and separate pocket!
I’m also a sucker for really romantic white nightgowns I found a bunch at April Cornell, but it looks like she’s branching out into pjs and colors now. Too bad.
Nursing nightie from Elizabeth Lee (I have GOT to learn to sew from a pattern!)
Other stuff I don’t have the time to talk about (because I’ve been at this an hour!)
It occurred to me that I need to provide links for everything, so I will do that tomorrow as linking didn’t occur to me until I was half way done, and I was closing windows as I went.