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Thursday, April 21, 2005

Wardrobe Philosophy

Below, Ann asked whether I have a wardrobe philosophy. I don't. Do you? I open the forum for discussion.


Blogger Eric said...

I do have one, though I don't think I've ever articulated it before. Until about four years ago, my philosophy was Comfort Before Style, and since comfort for me was defined as lots of big sweaters, I lived my philosophy. In general I've always felt more secure the more covered-up I am, but nothing changes a wardrobe philosophy like a new girlfriend who doesn't so much dig the wardrobe.

The big sweaters are in drawers now and come out occasionally in winter. For the most part, though, I am pleased to have been introduced to Gap oxfords and t-shirts, which compose most of my daily outfits now. And I'm extremely comfortable in them, and it occurs to me that part of the reason for that is that I know I look pretty good in them, that I wear them well, that they (gasp!) fit me.

My mistake before had been in thinking that comfort only comes one way; the truth is that you can feel more comfortable just by knowing you don't dress like a middle-school hobo anymore.

8:43 AM  
Blogger kStyle said...

"a middle school hobo"--I LOVE it

8:57 AM  
Blogger Emma Goldman said...

Shit, I have a philosophy for EVERYTHING. With regard to my wardrobe, I'd have to put practicality at the top of the list. Thus, I don't have many Very Stylish bits, because (a) very stylish has a short shelf life, and (b) it tends to be expensive, and (c) I live in the midwest, so the coastal versions of very stylish are on a two-year lag. I do, however, have clothes that I can wear year after year--until I wear those suckers out. I like clothes with pockets. I like clothes that fit. I like clothes in a variety of colors, but no red, pink, or white-white. I like clothes that can go in the washer/dryer. I like natural fabrics. I LOVE cowboy boots. I hate heels and, except for the big low heel on the aforementioned boots, I don't wear them. I find manufacturers or cataloguers whose products I like, and I tend to return for more. I don't like frilly or poufy. I don't know that this adds up to a philosophy, though; it's more a list of principles than something unified by a single overarching schema.

12:01 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

1. I want presence--sort of a combination of confidence and interest and seriousness and easygoing-ness and professionalism and joy--but I don't want to be invisible. I have not yet achieved this goal

2. Comfort is extremely important to me. This is one reason why I don't dress up much: My "nice" clothes make me feel self-conscious when I'd rather devote my energy to my wit and charm.

3. Body language is also very important. I lose the effect of flattering clothes when I don't stand up straight or look grumpy.

4. Less is more. I rarely wear anything else that falls into the category of "accessories," and I'm very picky about patterns and colors. Nobody likes to look at neon green.

5. I always choose clothes I love over clothes that are trendy or in style. Occasionally they coincide, which is nice. I know I love an article of clothing when I try it on in the store and my heart starts beating a little faster.

6. I tend to lean conservative. I want my clothes to reflect me, not my body.

7. I follow protocol at special events: a wedding, a funeral, a job interview. It's all about respect.

I think that's it. I'm not sure it's a philosophy, either.

12:17 PM  

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