Trish from My Little Drummer Boys ran a competition recently, where she asked readers to define their style.
I had to think about this for a little bit. I know what I like, and I know what I don’t like, but it’s not often I’ve thought about “my style” in an elevator-pitch-esque summary.
My answer (which was a winner btw – thanks Trish!) is that my style is “flawed, yet cute & colourful, with lots of handmade touches.”
Long time readers will have heard me talk about my love of flaws before.
“Can you see all the areas where I haven’t been too careful with my stitching? I encourage you to please notice the little flaws. I am a firm believer in allowing little flaws in home-made or upcycled things. The benefits are two-fold – firstly, it allows the maker to have more fun, take more risks, and try new things with their sewing or craft. And secondly, the little flaws (the ones that add charm) are how you can tell something is homemade or upcycled. So many things these days are too perfect. The little flaws are where all the love is.”
I love little flaws. Not big ones that ruin a project. But little ones. Gorgeous little ones. Little flaws that add quirkiness, charm, homeliness and personality.
Until recently, I’ve mostly ignored style. We’ve moved too often to bother with adding flair to our various residences. Work wise my hospitality background dictated strict corporate attire (no sling backs, let alone dangly earrings!). A fairly big phobia of clothes shopping & spending money has kept my non-work attire minimal. My confidence was weakened by other people telling me (with the best intentions) what my style should be. So I put my head in the sand and ignored style advice altogether.
But lately I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about the decor, clothes, accessories that make me happy. About the formation of my own style. It’s quite exciting.
I’m going to make over my entire wardrobe, bit by bit. Decide what can stay, what needs to be refashioned, what can be upcycled, and what needs to be added. It’ll be a long process, as I’m quite deep in my fashion rut. But it’s time to start digging my way out. I’ve got a bit of pregnancy weight to lose before I make too many major additions, but there are loads of little changes I can make now to my current selection to make them work better together.
Same goes for our house. We’re renting at the moment, so major changes will have to wait until we buy again. But there are lots of little changes I can implement to make what we have work better together.
So tell me. What’s your style? Can you define it in an elevator pitch sentence?
(BTW – This blog post started out as a tutorial on how to make a bumble bee baby outfit. I guess I digressed! Bumble bee onesie tutorial coming tomorrow. Or the day after. That’s the beauty of having a self-indulgent blog. 🙂
(This post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own.)
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