Thursday, May 29, 2008

an ode to true style


A flick through cheap date can always be relied upon to bring me back to fashion earth and to reiterate what style is to me. It's the way your mate is lounging in an oversize tracksuit jacket and dusty shorts in the summer heat. The way you feel in a threadbare kimono and granny pants whilst disecting an oreo in front of Sex and The City. It's the thread that connects you with past generations and interesting eras, running through a second hand foil textured skirt. Really style is what the people all around us are wearing, because these are the people keeping the fashion industry on it's toes. That moment when someone hops on the bus at the last minute and you're hit by this frantic voice in your head, mentally nudging you, saying "oh my, look at her bag, look at the way she's tucked her top into her trousers, ahh, absorb everything before she steps off the bus again! Arrhhh."

For me, it's moments like this that style is at it's most exciting, it gives a warm feeling of uniting people and brushes the relevence of red carpet paparazzi shots to the side. It's the mutual appreciation for satisfying trying on sessions and last minute wardrobe improvisation.

Fashions are swept to the side too, granted they arguably "unite" too, but personal style is such a valid thing. I find it so satisfying to wear something that looks almost ugly on the hanger and make it so completely my own and wear it with such an air that it looks rather lovely on, and getting a buzz from feeling pleased with an outfit is something to be proud of, not ashamed of. Sofia coppola's quote springs to mind; "you're considered superficial and silly if you are interested in fashion, but I think you can be substantial and still be interested in frivolity"

three cheers for originality and the randomness of pairing that dress with that jacket!
pics: tjejsajten, tinkyminky, echloesevignyonline, sartorialist, kathyisyourfriend, style.com, facehunter, garancedore, fashion robot, childhood flames, ginnybranch, punky-b, liebemarlene vintage, carnetdemode

22 comments:

Hailey @ stylesymmetry.com said...

fabulous collages. I read every new post in my google reader, great site.

Debbie Shiamay said...

Great post. Enjoyed reading it. You defined yourself very well :)

Fleurr De Lux said...

Yay!! My bottom half! Good post, and well said!!
xoxo
L

Fashion Tidbits said...

and they are much appreciated!

a. said...

i cannot begin to tell you how much i enjoyed this post.

i need that extra fashion nudge...

thank you, darling.

emsie said...

pretty collages. they're really inspiring.

x

Mimi said...

great pics and like always good inspiration ;)

susie_bubble said...

Wise words my friend!

The Clothes Horse said...

Personal style is why I always keep interested in fashion. Self-expression, careless ease, daily chic, all things to be coveted and admired.

Fashion's Darling said...

Great post!

very wise words...

you've been tagged!

Allure said...

I couldn't agree more! I love the cheap date guide, it inspires me so much. You made me want to re-read it once again.

bear said...

love your collages!

jayne said...

loved this post! it is true that as much as the fashion blogosphere helps to define style, even we get lost sometimes. some mornings I wake up and despite thounsands of outfits I get in this style rut. Outfits turn into the haphazard, I may have worn this combo 5 times before so its safe ideology, which frankly is unsatisfying for everyone. when you just give up and throw things together it ends up being the best of best. I love how putting together a good outfit gives me a confidence boost. i have to check out this book!

oh and for the record, the sofia quote is my life! haha if you hadn't noticed its on my own blog and like my top quote ever

Aretha said...

Love the simplicity of a good fashion taste

coco said...

I love that picture of Tracey
Infact I love all these pictures.
And now I am hungry for Oreos...

catherine said...

thanks for the lovely post! always great to see other people's inspirations.

MR style said...

i agree really much with this list

carrie / wishwishwish said...

this is a really really good post. I agree with you 100%!

rohit said...

you are fantastic!!!

a kiss for you, my dear friend!
god bless u dear

MHBass said...

i really loved this post as it's so true to how i think about style. it's brilliant how you've mixed in bloggers with celebrities, really equalising the playing field in terms of style, which is how it should be.

AlicePleasance said...

Great post, power to self expression!

Rhiannon said...

Wow, you put me in with all those stylish girls? Thank you!!!!!