(Yes, that’s the Emerson Fry caftan again. I can’t get enough…)
I want to know! Where do you find sartorial inspiration? How do you translate looks you find inspiring to fit your personal style? Who inspires you? Do you look to women in your life for inspiration? or magazines/bloggers?
I’ve been thinking of this quite a lot lately, and have only raised more questions than I’ve answered. Truthfully, I’ve never really felt inspired by magazines, or style on others. Not exactly “inspired” anyway, I have a reaction more like, “oh, that’s cool, where can I buy it?”
But as I try to pinpoint exactly why I have admired the women’s style I have over the years, I notice a few of things:
The women are always older than I am, or very close in age
They look different than me (usually taller, thinner, and have long hair)
They don’t wear anything designer, recognizable, or trendy
They exude confidence, comfort, and style
They smile a lot
Whenever I think about personal style, and someone’s I’ve admired, I think back to a colleague/contact I had many many years ago (in my former career). Her style itself was nothing special – normcore, I guess – but I loved her bag. It was also nondescript, but looked as if she’d had it forever. She seemed to carry the same bag every day, as if it was a body part. Her bag was a part of her, and essential to her overall “look” – if you could call it that.
From that moment on, one of my sartorial goals was to find “the perfect” bag and carry it forever. I just loved the idea of having a bag, or something, that was so special, and so practical, that I’d never want another one. If you’ve been following along with my Minimal Closet posts, you probably know how I feel about striving for sartorial perfection – it doesn’t exist. Now I know that carrying one bag forever isn’t going to work for me – I love bags too much, and I like different styles of bags for different occasions.
But the idea is still important – I want to USE my things, and I want them to look like they’re loved, not like they’ve been kept in their dustbags more often than they’ve been out. So I try to have fewer, more meaningful things – things that I can use and love for many years.
Now, your turn:
Whose style do you admire?
Where do you find your inspiration?
What do you do with it when you find it?
How do you translate images or outfits on people you see into your life & personal style?