Hello everyone, I am back with my week two on the Wardrobe Architect. I hadn’t forgotten but sometimes life gets in the way. It probably wont be posted weekly but I will try to see it through to the end because already I am starting to see some clarity and shape in my style (which I never knew existed!).
So in week one I talked about what influences my style/clothing choices in my past and present, and I learned something about myself in doing this. Due to body issues I wasnt making clothes for myself but growing a collection of garments that while beautiful I would never fit into. Reading the comments on this series of blog posts on the Colette website it doesnt look like I am alone, far from it. Good to know!
The good news is that since I took part in week one, I have made four dresses for myself! I’ve even worn a couple of them to work! (A necessity when the other half breaks the washing machine and its taking forever to get fixed, hey ho!). I have also started a BurdaStyle course on grading, so in theory I will be able to adapt any pattern I want and will no longer be restricted by whether my measurements fit into a pattern.
So, on to week two!
When I first looked at week 2 (going back a few weeks now) I skim read and saw that I needed to start a pinterest board to collect images that represent my style. So I did this ahead of completing the task, without realising the whole point was to finish the task first! So, the aim this week was to uncover the styles that make me feel myself using words and images. There are a series of questions that ask you how you are feeling in a range of clothing situations which leads to building up a list of words that you associate with your dress style. You then have to narrow those words down to just five adjectives.
Here is my exercise:
When you are wearing your favorite clothing, how do you feel (e.g. confident, sexy, poised, powerful, etc)? Excited, girlie, tall, confident, achievable, happy
When you’re wearing something that is not quite right, how do you feel? What are the feelings you want to avoid about the clothes you wear? Awkward, fat, frumpy, unattractive. I want to avoid feeling like I don’t look good.
Who do you consider to be your style icons? What is it about them that appeals to you? There isnt any specific people; I am drawn to people who are happy, confident whom I can see pride beaming from. I like the 30’s 40’s and the 50’s eras for fashion. It comes across as positive, upbeat, flirty and fun!
What are some words that describe styles that you like in theory, but are not quite you? Sexy, rockabilly, vintage glam, classy, classic, swing dresses
Look over your answers from last week on history, philosophy, culture, community, activities, location, and body. List at least 15 words that you associate with your answers. Think about descriptive words, moods, and feelings you associate with these things: attractive, lady-like, frumpy, comfortable, snug, flaunty, bold, outrageous, daring, independent, spacial, vintage, happy, goal-orientated, restricted, sensible, realistic, honest, practical, afraid, considerate, emotive, overstated, hungry
Are there other words you would like to add to this list? What other words describe your core style? colourful, vintage, energetic, flaunty, considerate
Look over the answers to all of the questions above. If you had to narrow your list to only 3-5 words to describe you, which words would you choose? emotive, vintage, energetic, flaunty, considerate
The visual exercise asks us to collect 15-20 images that represent these five words. So I went back to my Pinterest board and looked at the pictures I’d collected and thought, wow! These pictures do represent these words. So even though I had not gone ahead and actively searched for representative pictures, it happened organically anyway!
You can view my pinterest board here
Here are a few of the pictures from the board:
Are you or have you been working through the Wardrobe Arcitect? How did you find it? Did it help shape your wardrobe? If you have a pinterest board feel free to link to it below in comments, likewise if you’ve bloged about Wardrobe Architect!
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Thanks for reading!