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Friday, September 27, 2013

Adventures In Fashion

"Adventure is just bad planning." ~ Roald Amundsen

I'm always talking about what a great idea it is to treat fashion like a smorgasbord to choose from- find stuff that fits in with your style, your personal aesthetic, and buy the less 'trendy' pieces when they're in fashion, and wear them your way, indefinitely.  Since I can't seem to shut up about all this glorious pattern mixing thing that's caught fire in the fashion world, I think it's time to follow my own advice, right? Of course I have no money to speak of right now, so this makes it a tad more difficult. So a plan is forming in my fertile, fevered little mind. 

I found a spot in my apartment where I can have a full on 'inspiration' board. This is quite an accomplishment for me; being a painter, I have more than a few paintings, and this apartment is the kind of funky little place that has an abundance of windows, so every available bit of wall space has a painting on it. I even have a painting hanging on a bookcase. But I nonetheless found a little space on the front of the linen closet in the hallway where I can put some cork board and start amassing pictures. I like Pinterest, but I want a more permanent collection for this. When the pattern mixing trend started it's full swing I saw a plethora of photos out there, and as I'm considering making this a more prominent part of my individual style and wardrobe, I think it warrants a more serious, permanent visual record of exactly what I like.  So I'll print out the best quality pics of the stuff that I love, tear pics out of magazines, etc, and over time edit out the less desirable stuff. This way I can take my time to decide exactly how I want to go about this. 

Another other part of this little plan of mine is to shop for stuff that I love when it's on sale- which, so far, I've not seen happening yet. Granted, I don't do a lot of shopping, but I don't think the 'fall' stuff has gone on sale yet. I need to familiarize myself with what's out there so that I can decide what I want to go for when it does go on sale. This will also give me the time to figure out how to come up with the money for any potential purchases. (Good thing I'm a creative person. )

And I'm not going to forget my beloved thrift/consignment shops, either. If I've found something I adore, must have, but it's too expensive, I can go looking for alternatives at said shops- and be open to finding other solutions, too. And I can be open to finding great prints to 're-purpose' via my sewing machine as well. If I love it enough, and can't afford it, I can even make my own version. Yes, I like this whole pattern mixing thing THAT much.

So there you have it. This is what I mean when I talk about the buffet that is the world of fashion, and how to 'work it' for your own purposes.  

Happy Dressing! 

Friday, September 20, 2013

All Booked Up

Anyone who's read my blog more than once has quite possibly read how great an idea I think it is to plan in advance what you'll be wearing on a given day. My reasoning is that at the very least, one isn't at one's most alert in the morning and thus perhaps not quite as creative or expressive as later in the day. At the more extreme end, if you have little ones asking 3 million questions per minute and pulling on your pajamas, throwing oatmeal across the kitchen, etc, you probably don't have the time or focus to plan the chic and stunning ensemble you would were things calmer. 

I've blogged at least once about different approaches to wardrobe planning - a day in advance, a week in advance; using a notebook to jot down plans, using photos on cards to put in a file box, etc. This past summer I went through my closet and purged my old, worn out clothes, and stuff that I was sick of or didn't really reflect my style. The plan was to also come up with my own system for wardrobe planning, preferably a week in advance. It didn't happen over the summer- I guess the project just hadn't finished in my subconscious. Anyway- earlier this week my subconscious was apparently finished with it's creative process, and a 'system' popped into the forefront of my awareness, hence this blog. 

I started with a plain notebook. Ok, not so plain- it's gold. So shoot me, I like bling. It's 9" x 7¼- small notebook as I don't need a full size notebook for this. I got out all my paper crafting goodies to do this..

Next I made pages- two for each day. 

On the left page is a page with 2 clear pockets; in the pockets go my little photos (to be taken and assembled this weekend) of each part of my outfit for that day- say, dress, boots, sweater, jewelry, scarf, etc. I'll keep a small box with index dividers for each category to hold these photos.

The right page is blank, and covered with contact paper (I've developed an irrational love of clear contact paper.)  I can write the date and any notes on the contact paper with a wet erase pen; then for the next week I erase and start all over. How very 'green' of me, eh? I left lots of room on the right side so I can also make notes on any makeup, hairstyles or anything else that should pop into my (arguably eccentric) head as being important for that day. 

I wanted to have it totally done by the time I posted this blog today, but life being what it is with birthday parties, karate belt tests and school bake sales, I just didn't have the time this week. I'm still playing with ideas- ribbon around the page with the pockets, pretty inside paper liner, maybe a ribbon to close the book....who knows.

I do enjoy going over the top with my creative projects...:-)

Happy Dressing! 

Friday, September 13, 2013

All Mixed Up

"I'm not confused. I'm just well mixed." ~Robert Frost

This fall pattern mixing is back 'in.' I love mixing patterns. It's always visually interesting and a real opportunity for completely individual self expression.  

There's a little bit of an art to pattern mixing- Pairing two patterns that have similar intensity in color usually works. Or you can sometimes successfully pair two patterns that have one distinctive characteristic, such as the same exact color, or same type of pattern. Similar scale sometimes plays a role, sometimes not. The theme here is that the patterns need to visually relate to one another- somehow. Because there are so many ways to mix you can always find new ways to make things relate. Below are a few examples I found.  

I love Japanese 'street fashion,' and one thing they tend towards is pattern mixing. 

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do- 

Happy Dressing!