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How I developed my personal style

Posted in Style & Travel

I have this long-standing habit of leafing through fashion magazines or catalogues and asking myself, on every page, “Out of the selection on these two pages, what would I buy?”. It’s a tad compulsive habit at this point, probably because I have been doing it for so long, but it’s a cheap and engaging way of spending twenty minutes.

It wasn’t until fairly recently that I realized this compulsion has allowed me to:

  1. really see what I am looking at
  2. develop a clear sense of what I believe works (or doesn’t) for my life and body
  3. take that knowledge into (the very un-couture) stores where I shop.

Both my sense of self and of what I like to wear have evolved over time, sometimes following trends, and at other times creating a thread. I never wore vintage 1950s or ’60s clothes in my youth, as they would have reminded me of my mother but I do now, definitely more tongue in cheek than she ever did. And, defying jeans’ trends, I stick with the shape that works for me. Clean lines, an absence of ruffles and frills have been a constant. Colors have changed. The near black obsession has given way to a much wider palette.

Here are some of the things that grabbed my attention as I was relaxing on the sofa, going through a stack that had been sitting on the coffee table, waiting for a moment of idleness.

Miuccia Prada is a woman after my own heart. I could take this outfit, lock stock and barrel, and go out in it (where to, I am not sure). Normally, I would never consider feathers  but here they are married with the simplicity of the coat lines and the sober grey. The black turtleneck (such a friendly piece of clothing) and the grey are enlivened by the baby pink of the skirt, the shock of blue of the necklace and purse. And those shoes. I could pray for the miracle of those shoes dropping from the sky into my living room.

I would NEVER wear this (bra-less, hello?!) but this Louis Vuitton’s gown that Michelle Williams wore to the latest Oscars epitomizes what I love about formal wear: severe meets sexy meets sparkles. A fitted black top (with long sleeves and and an appropriate neckline) paired with a softer skirt with some embellishments is something I could wear. And how adorable is the bow peeking from behind her neck?

I just know these Ralph Lauren pants (or a more affordable version) would be very flattering.

While the dress on the right is remarkably unwearable, a similar idea, with a less revealing slash, would be so very chic (Raf Simons for Calvin Klein – I will have to stalk the CK stores now).

Top image: Prada Spring Summer 2017

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11 Comments

  1. Settimana della moda?

    March 10, 2017
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  2. I really love what came down the runway at Prada and Valentino this fashion week. I wish I had some more €€€!

    March 10, 2017
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    • There is always something at Prada I covet. And yes, I loved the Valentino collection too. My sister and I have come to the conclusion that if we had tons of money, we would be the most stylish women around!

      March 11, 2017
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  3. Haha! I was looking at that first picture this weekend, and trying to imagine someone dressing like that in the offices I’ve worked in. I think the impression that outfit would give is “trying too hard” or “spending more time shopping than working”. I like individual elements of it, but as a whole I think it’s really overdone.

    March 7, 2017
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    • I don’t think I would wear it to the office, unless I were some high-powered attorney maybe or worked at Vogue, but I could see myself wearing it to a cocktail or gathering of some sort. There is something about those colors and lines thrown together that really appeals to me.

      March 7, 2017
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  4. Spending 20 minutes perusing fashion mags seems like a better value than spending cold hard cash of many of the latest fashions which I might add, were seen years ago and that don’t seem quite as revolutionary as some designers think they are today. I’ve managed to evolve into seeking solid classic and casual looks that are comfortable and make me feel good regardless of what the fashion world thinks.

    March 7, 2017
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    • I think the key is feeling good about oneself. To me, fashion evolved into that: the best version of myself. And I do like to have fun with clothes. And anyway, as Pier Paolo Piccioli of Valentino just said, upon unveiling the new collection “There is nothing new. Everything has been done.”

      March 7, 2017
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