Have you ever got into a style rut?
I’ve decided I’m in one right now – nothing in my wardrobe seems to work anymore. I’ve been aware of it for a while, and think it’s from a combination of factors:
- changing shape – I’ve gone up a size and my waistline has increased proportionally more – and nothing fits!
- changing occupations – I’ve switched from a career where dressing well was important, to working from home where dressing up is important some of the time, and dressing down is important some of the time too (I also paint things, garden, do housework, and run)
- a major clean-out, where I threw half my wardrobe contents away….. darn it!
- Darn it is literally what I need to do to a lot of my clothes now as they are wearing out, or have paint splatters on them, and they need replacing.
- No money to replace them – but I do have lots of stash!
- Getting older – suddenly it is like a corner has been turned, and some things just need to be ditched – like short skirts, or covered up – like knees.
- After giving up on fashion for a while, I am gradually becoming re-inspired. I blame my fave sewing bloggers for that 😉
- and the most idiotic factor of all is that I used to be a clothing designer, so you would think I would have this style thing completely sorted – right? No, not at all!
My conclusion is:
- I really need to stop giving my wardrobe zero thought and refocus on building it up again
- I need to stop making oddments that don’t go with anything else
So when I was in the library the other day and saw this book, I quickly added it to my already-heavy-pile-of-books-to-get-out:
Isaac Mizrahi seems really down to earth, and I kinda liked his realistic approach:
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Mmm… I get the feeling he has dealt with women having a mid-life crisis before…
In his book Isaac recommends making an inspiration board for a week or so to help define your style. I used to do storyboards for every collection, but it is obviously about time I did one for myself. So that is my project for the next month – I promise to share it when it’s done!
Making an inspiration board is a fun exercise, and you can continually update and rearrange it as your whims change. Some images will come and go quickly, and some will stay on your storyboard for years – I think these are the ones that really define your style. Here are some examples of inspiration boards of the women featured in the book: