Wednesday, 7 November 2012

My Fashion Style

I have been thinking lately about contemporary fashion, and how, in a way, I am very fortunate to live now. And perhaps the title of this post should have read 'My Dressing Style', as I haven't bought into the idea of fashion for donkeys of years now.  I was looking through Famous Fashion Quotes this morning, and have picked some out that speak to me especially.

The wonderful thing about today is that we can make decisions about how we dress. In the past women were slaves to fashion, or money, or status.... or lack of money- what was available within the home (often hand me downs from decades ago in centuries passed), or simply what fit them and kept them decent!

In 2012 I can express what music or sub-culture I am in to through the clothes I wear. I can express my personality, I am able to wear clothes that say so much about me before I even open my mouth (in centuries gone by the only main thing that you would have seen was my position in society, and how much money I had).

And more important of all, I have the freedom to be myself. Growing up out of my 20s and into my 30s, has made me realise how special this is. I hear of women saying 'oh no, my husband won't let me wear anything like that...' and I think pardon me? I am not talking immodest dress here, I am talking of the small things, like a certain colour or style.

Another reason why my heart quickens when Autumn and Winter come around is due to the love of the clothes I get to wear then:
*wool fabric
*heritage- Aran jumpers, Fairisle, tweed.
*knitted, patterned tights- tricky to find, but ooooh, yummy!

1930s Needlework magazine, from Sew Much Frippery on Etsy
Of course, as a lover of historcial fashion, I am always looking into the past for inspiration. I love 30s/40s skirts, with pleats and back vents, 50s jumpers, cardigans (my dear mum knits a lot of woolies for me), and 60s shift dresses. Ooooh, and pinafore dresses- squeal!! I would love a longline belted cardigan, like the ones worn in 'The House of Eliott' too!

I really like this pencil skirt from Art Affect on Etsy:

If I had to label my style, it would probably be "Vintage Librarian". Today I am wearing a skirt I made about 2 years ago, from a fabulous, thick wool which was given to me by a very kind relative, and was actually made by a great uncle, so is probably 70ish years old! I made 2 skirts from it- the straight skirt I am wearing today, and also a 1950s wider skirt with an appliqued rose on one side. It's so cute! With the skirt I have on a red blouse made from a Burda Style online pattern, and a royal blue cardigan knitted by my mum.

Yesterday I finished a pair of trousers (now I should mention here that I am not so keen on trousers, and haven't worn jeans for a few years now. A pear-shaped gal looks so much better in a skirt!) BUT I had had in mind for a while now a pair of blue wool trousers, with a big turn up at the hems (1930s men's style). I am so pleased to have finally finished them! I thought, quite reasonably, that I would need at least one pair of trousers, if we get a snowy winter, falling over in trousers is not so bad.

I love the style and strong colour of this yummy cardigan, from Rock Street Vintage on Etsy:

Thinking about all this makes me feel very fortunate to be able to make my own clothes; I can choose the fabric, colour, cut, style, and get it to fit me! I love sewing!!! :)

Here are the quotes from fashion masters that express how I feel: 

"Fashions fade, style is eternal."
— Yves Saint-Laurent

"The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years."
— Audrey Hepburn

"It’s a new era in fashion - there are no rules. It’s all about the individual and personal style..."
— Alexander McQueen

"Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live."
— Gianni Versace

Are you free to express yourself? I do hope so!!