I get a lot of questions about my approach to style and fashion. This is my attempt to answer those questions in a manner which I’m hoping is somewhat coherent.
Whenever I’m asked to describe my style, my answer forms slowly and awkwardly on my tongue. There tends to be some hand movements supplying my response, which certainly lacks elegance: If the last fifty years of fashion just threw on me, that would pretty much be it. Slightly crude imagery aside, I stand by this description. My wardrobe is full of clothes and accessories dating from/inspired by the 1960s at the very least and it trudges onward through the 20th century until today.
Nevertheless, I have a feeling that my tendency to match loud colors and prints places my fashion soul in the 80s and early 90s. Though my style has changed and morphed drastically over the years, that is probably the one thing to remain pretty constant: I love a bright, attention getting color like nobody’s business. I’m not sure if that fact is a cry for attention or simply what appeals to me aesthetically or both, but I just go with it.
I have a love for shopping that gets me into trouble sometimes. Especially since being in the UK, I’ve had amazing luck with when it comes to vintage and thrift items. I’ve had friends enviously ask me how the hell I manage to get so many interesting pieces while vintage/thrift shopping, and it’s a pretty fair question. Vintage/thrift shopping can be incredibly hit or miss, depending on a couple things like what you have your eye on or your level of patience. Sometimes I go into a shop with one thing in mind, like a dark blue blazer, and when I can’t find exactly what I’m looking for I end up passing by several other things that could find a home in my wardrobe. As for patience, While I don’t really have this problem when it comes to vintage/thrift shopping, I definitely understand. Sometimes you really have to go digging through every piece of clothing on the rack until you find something brilliant and it’s really totally worth it in the end.
Recently I’ve tried to shop far more open mindedly. Not necessarily looking for one specific styled leather jacket; instead I shop with a particular style inspiration or look in mind and see where it takes me. Sometimes it leads me to finding just the look I’m going for, and other times it takes me completely off track and I end up buying a flowery romper instead. It’s all part of the fun, really.
Inspiration comes from loads of different things, from movies to music to something I saw on the internet. Whether I’m watching a video of Grace Slick from the Monterey Pop Festival of 1967 or browsing my Tumblr dash and spotting a photo of M.I.A. rocking 5 different patterns at once, I really get inspiration from anything I find aesthetically interesting. For months I’ve had a thing for dark blazers (I blame Rick’s character from The Young Ones) and since arriving in London I’ve fallen in love with old leather jackets (I’ve bought two already for £10 each). I’ve also fallen in love with tucked in floral blouses and have had great luck finding all of those things for pretty cheap prices at various vintage shops in Shoreditch/Brick Lane. I doubt I was inspired by a person or film moreso than trends, but I love a good floral.
Currently, however, I’ve got my heart set on something far more pricey than a £10 blazer: A new pair of dark red Doc Martens. I was really inspired by the film This Is England and they’re currently on my wish list.
Colors colors everywhere!
Sometimes people either admire or are perplexed by my love for bright colors and patterns, but I’ve always been told that I pull it off (definitely a bit reassuring). People have also asked how they can do the same without overdoing it. I think that for someone just starting out, it’s good to use bright colors mainly as accent pieces. You really can’t go wrong with that. Wear a really bright pair of earrings, silk scarf, lipstick, or shoes (or all four, really) with some more muted or dark tones, like black jeans or a peach blouse. I’m really not in the business of giving fashion advice and this already feels a bit awkward, but nobody can really go wrong with that sort of look. Be adventurous and wear chunky, bright jewelry or a gaudy printed shirt and see where you go from there. Honestly, if you do it right, gaudy can look pretty damn fantastic.
Okay, I think I’ve written enough for now. Until next time.
[Note: All the above photos are from January 2011 until now.]