Goal: Uncover the styles that make you feel like yourself and attach words and images to them.
When you are wearing your favorite clothing, how do you feel?
Answer: I feel confident, poised and beautiful
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?
Answer: I feel like I am not myself. I want to avoid clothing that doesn’t empower me to reach my goals.
Who do you consider to be your style icon(s)? What is it about them that appeals to you?
Answer: My mom when she was younger would be my style icon. She always had really nice elegant pieces and great shoes. I used to love looking through her closet and stealing her shoes as a kid. Even today, the pieces that she has passed down to me from her youth are my favorite pieces of clothing.
What are some words that describe styles that you like in theory, but are not quite you?
I like intricate craftsmanship like beading and lace but it’s much too fancy for my look.
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:
What do you think about this workout outfit? I love exercise clothes… maybe it’s the compression that holds everything in nicely or maybe it’s the everyday ease or maybe I like that they push me to workout. Who knows?! This is my exercise sewing dream outfit not necessarily in the cat print although I love the kitties – now just for getting it done. 🙂
Anyway, it has taken me a couple years to really workout regularly. I started with P90X and did that for about a month and a half then I did 10 minute daily workouts using YouTube videos then back to P90X but the 30 minute version then back to 10 minute videos. As time went by I hired a personal trainer for 3 months. That was great! I loved it and thought I could learn how to work out properly then workout on my own. Once those three months ended I found BBG – Bikini Body Guide. I skipped the 4 week pre-training because I had been working out regularly and was in the best shape of my life. I was about three weeks in when I pulled an intercostal muscle. I had no choice but to take a break for a few weeks and let it heal. As much as I wanted and sometimes even tried to start working out again I couldn’t without aggravating it so I stopped working out but I didn’t stop eating right.
Instead, I started to pay more attention to what I eat and dabble into different diets like paleo, vegan, vegetarian or no sugar. I never dove in completely to any but I would try them for about a week. It was always tough especially since so many of the foods I love involve meat or seafood or sugar. I realized that I didn’t want to give everything up and I didn’t want it to be noticeable that I have a certain diet so the best route for me was moderation. Cut down on sugar, cut down on meat, cut down on fast food and drink more water but don’t deny a good meal when it is offered.
Back to BBG, my muscle finally healed up. It took longer than expected but then the holidays came and my schedule was a bit crazy. I wasn’t able to work out and a part of me was discouraged. My husband who is also my workout partner (even though we don’t follow the same workouts) fell off the wagon with me when I pulled my muscle. We do almost everything together so even though I encouraged him to work out it just didn’t feel the same. Soon enough my husband started to realize I was in a funk and kept asking me about working out. I wasn’t into it but finally he was very direct with me and told me I was not being myself and that I am usually so on top of everything and I need to snap out of it. He was right. I wasn’t myself. I’m a list-maker, I read every day whether it be books or articles, I work out at least 3 times a week, I’m always running errands on my lunch break and making dinner at home and preparing lunch the night before, I even have time for my sewing and working on my business. I wasn’t doing all of those things and I really needed to be doing those things to get out of my rut. The next day, I went to work and I wrote my very first list in some time. I was going to work out. I was going to start the BBG – this time from pre-training. So I did it.
I’m on week 1 of BBG after 4 weeks of pre-training and it is kicking my butt. I am doing the Monday/Wednesday circuit training and the Tuesday/Thursday LISS. I have a long way to go but I wanted to keep track of that here. I’m looking forward to it. I’m also looking forward to more lists, good books, great meals at home, and running my sewing business all the while working full-time. 🙂
The Wardrobe Architect from Colette is a huge feat. It’s 14 weeks of discovering your true style and I will admit, I’m definitely intimidated. In the past couple of months there have been a lot of renovations going on at our place which has forced me to move my clothes and shoes several times. That makes you realize how much stuff you don’t actually wear or need. In the attempt to be the architect of my style as well as a climber trying to conquer the wardrobe mountain here is week 1.
I added this fun picture of my cat, Howard. He is currently in the midst of conquering my wardrobe mountain. 😉
Wardrobe Architect – Week 1:
This week’s focus – Thinking about how we are different and how that affects our aesthetic choices.
History – How has your personal history informed the way you dress? When did your tastes crystalize? Have they changed over the years, and why?
Answer: My mother always emphasized that it is important to buy quality clothing. She taught my sisters and I how to spot high-end fabric and craftsmanship. She was always willing to spend a little more for a lasting piece.
I’m not sure if my style has crystallized. I would say I am attracted to neutrals, modern shapes and subtle trends. I like to look polished and classy but not stuffy. I want to have a slight edge- something that pops and is exclusively me. That comes from my former Betsey Johnson/Grunge phase in high school. I don’t like pops of color as much now as I do a pattern or fabric pop. I do like things to be wearable in several settings. This change came from just growing up and wanted to be sophisticated and well put together.
Philosophy – How does your philosophy, spirituality, or religion affect your aesthetics and buying habits? Or, what aspects of those things would you like to see reflected?
Answer: I don’t like having “things” and I do not get a high from shopping. I’m very particular in my purchases. I see something I like and I wait to see if I still like it. If I do, I may buy it. If not, I forget about it. I want that reflected as a minimalist style but not a “simple” style. I want minimalist pieces that are high quality and high craftsmanship.
Culture – How has your cultural background shaped the way you look? How did the aesthetics and values you grew up with affect your tastes as you got older?
Answer: My background shaped the way I look today to not be sold on trends and to highlight what suits my body. I must wear the clothes, not let them wear me.
Community – How are you influenced by the people around you, including friends, family, and other communities you’re involved in?
Answer: The influence really comes from everyone buying cheap clothing. It’s so easy and they are so cute. But then you just buy without thinking about it because the price is so great. Then there is Pinterest…all the pretty things on Pinterest. Honestly, its great and has helped me define my style.
Activities – How do your day to day activities influence your choices? / Location – Does the place you live inform the way you dress? How does climate factor in?
Answer: Even though I live in Southern California I am always cold. I’m on my way to work before 7AM and it’s chilly. I take public transit and it’s chilly. I get to the office and it’s chilly. I try to keep myself covered up so cold air doesn’t get through by wearing long pants, boots and socks and layers. During my lunch break, I run errands and often end up too hot so layers are essential. Staying warm is a big factor in my everyday clothing decisions to the point that it makes my wardrobe boring sometimes.
Body – In what ways does body image affect your choices in clothing? What clothes make you feel good about the body you live in? What clothes make you feel uncomfortable or alienated from your body?
Answer: Clothes that make me feel good about my body are those that are tailored to me. I don’t like ill-fitting clothes or pieces that are too suggestive. Body image affects my choices in that I don’t want to give people the impression that they should look at certain aspects of my body. I also do not want my clothes to distort my size or be messy.