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Do you have an actual 'Style'?

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festered Sun 22-Sep-13 22:37:56

I'm just asking because I am getting a bit bothered with myself for not really having one.

I wear whatever I feel like wearing, I can be glammed up one day and the next I'll wear leggings and a hoodie, one day I'm all rock chick,skinny jeans etc the next I'll wear a girly dress and hat.

I buy clothes based on 'I like that I'll have it', I don't co-ordinate or think 'yeh that's my style'. I just wear whatever. Some women I know are so well put together with what they wear, always look great but always wear the same sort of things.
I also get a lot of hand-me-downs from friends because I love freebies and know people who love fashion and buy things , wear once or twice then have too many clothes and have a clearout-this may be one of the reasons I have so many different types of clothes. I don't know what suits me, body wise or personality wise, at all!

I know this isn't a big deal in any respect, I'm just curious!

KneesoftheBee Mon 23-Sep-13 20:03:44

I love the term artfully dishevelled and must remember to use it in the future grin

MarshaBrady Mon 23-Sep-13 20:09:59

I like luxe / good designers but minimal effort.

Bonsoir Mon 23-Sep-13 20:14:11

Yes, I do. Because I am quite old and have been buying clothes for my shape and size for a long time and know what suits me, and what I like.

I aspire to a particular sort of interwar Mittel European intellectual bourgeoise elegance, in a 2013 incarnation. I mostly fall wide of the mark, but I carry on trying... grin

MarshaBrady Mon 23-Sep-13 20:32:52

Love it Bonsoir!

Fuckitthatlldo Mon 23-Sep-13 21:07:56

Yes I'd say I have a particular style. It's not a terribly imaginative one but it's what I like.

I like classic clothes and would rather spend a lot on something timeless and great quality than buy lots of cheaper, high fashion things.

The vast majority of my wardrobe is grey, navy, black, and tan. There is the odd splash of teal, khaki, forest green, rust, and maroon but generally I'm not crazy about a lot of colour or pattern.

A typical days outfit would be slim legged black cotton trousers, a neutral (either grey or stone) coloured fitted scoop or v-neck cashmere sweater, a scarf in a contrasting neutral colour (maybe cream or a different tone of grey), and high heeled ankle boots. I always wear heels - I like the height advantage.

Make-up is neutral too - colourful eyeshadow and bright lipsticks just don't suit me. Jewellery is always simple - usually pearl studs and a nice watch, that's it. Sunglasses are rarely off my head unless the weather is ghastly. I don't care what anyone thinks - if it's bright I like them on, and if it's not so bright I like to use them to keep my hair out of my face.

Outerwear is usually a beige trench, unless it's really cold.

I like to think I look stylish, classic, and a little bit French. Unfortunately I think most would disagree grin. I recently went shopping with a friend and she was practically begging me to try on some colour and print as she "just wanted to cheer my look up a bit" grin

MelanieCheeks Mon 23-Sep-13 21:36:31

Yes, in that I know what looks good on me. So, neat rather than floaty and unstructured. I like bright colours, and have a fab shoe collection. Slightly 50s influence- cinched waists and big skirts, a bit Audrey, especially when glammed up, and often described as "quirky".

GrassIsntGreener Tue 24-Sep-13 06:04:34

I feel uncomfortable in anything that isn't rock chick or smart casual. Boring tbh.

50ShadesOfMaybe Tue 24-Sep-13 10:29:41

Love your outfits, fester!

I have to dress quite conservatively at work so tend to be more flamboyant out of work. I like biker jackets, DMs, shorts, funky tights, shiny skinny jeans, etc. I suppose a bit "rock chick" if I were to give it a name!

Pinupgirl Tue 24-Sep-13 13:04:27

Yes-as suggested by my user name I like to wear retro/vintage style clothes so this means lots of 50's style dresses,tea dresses,seamed tights or stockings etc. I usually always have a flower or a clip or victory rolls in my hair too.

I have only been dressing like this for the past 2 years-was inspired by a couple of posters on mn.

Ujjayi Tue 24-Sep-13 13:06:27

Pin Up Girl - what was your style before? Have friends & family commented on the change?

flipchart Tue 24-Sep-13 13:11:54

Unfortunately my day to day style doesn't match with what I am.

I am a 48 year old mum of teenagers who sometimes dresses like

1 a teenage skater boy T shirt, jean, vans and a beanie or

2 a mountain rescue person Rab jacket, Montane pants, Scarpa walking boots.
3 I've just finished surfing and in flip flops (ok they are leather) Qickysilver, Roxy and Billabong t shirts and Animal hoodies!

However when I have to glam it up a bit I'm ok
I have a selection of Vivienne Westwood, Whistles, Therapy and Karen Millen.

People are usually shocked when they see me glammed up for the first time with my hair done up, make up nicely applied and very high heels and expensive outfits.
It always makes me smile and I have to say that I'm not a scruff all the time!

vitaminC Tue 24-Sep-13 13:36:27

I think I have the opposite problem to you, OP - I only have one style and can't seem to "do" any other style without looking horrendous!

My style is city chic. I wear pencil skirts or smart, wide-legged trousers (very occasionally white jeans, but still quite smart), with a fitted top and a cropped jacket or soft cardigan, mainly in warm neutral colours. I also wear lots of shift dresses and occasionally wrap/bodycon dresses.

I have no idea how to dress down. My version of casual is the same outfits but with a denim jacket, ballet flats or low boots instead of killer heels, and with different accessories (floaty or colourful scarf instead of jewellery or silk hermès square, different belts...). I guess I do wear more colour overall when I'm trying to do casual, but that's about it.

When I do buy more casual clothes (e.g. recent attempt at coloured skinnies), I tend to wear them once, feel self-conscious and uncomfortable in them and end up giving them to my teenage daughters!

Seriously, on the rare occasion I wear jeans, I feel so scruffy I daren't leave the house! Although I did actually buy (and wear) a denim mini skirt this summer, but the overall look was still pretty smart! hmm

Pinupgirl Tue 24-Sep-13 16:13:24

Ujayyi-my style before was still quite feminine I suppose-lots of tea dresses. I hate trousers/jeans-they just don't suit me. Lots of people compliment me on my clothes but no one seems to have commented on the vintage aspect!

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