This post is part of a new category on my blog about me, my fashion, and how it relates to my sewing. You can read all about why I started it here.
Though I’m not taking part in the challenge, I do like the questions from the first week of the Coletterie Wardrobe Architect Challenge. I’m going to use them as a starting point for my self-reflection on fashion. I’m going to address them all from a fashion/clothing point of view, rather than tell you my entire life story.
- History: Your personal history and life events.
Okay, so I spent most of elementary school rocking the bright pink sweatpants (jeans came later), ill-fitting cotton tops, and messy hair, and not in any intentional show of defiance against social norms. I feel like I should be rolling over with embarrassment about immortalizing this on the internet, but I honestly almost feel proud about it. I turned out alright.
I got a little on top of it in sixth grade. That was actually a really great year for me. I had an AMAZING teacher and we were the highest grade in the school. I really feel like that year was the beginning of current me. Jeans came into my wardrobe.
Middle school was okay while living it, fashion-wise and socially, but looking back on it, I just find that I really hated it.
High school has been good. Ninth grade was a year of stereotypical growth, in all aspects of my life. I started blogging and sewing more. I worked as costume designer for a school production of 12th Night (it was awesome). I got my first ever pair of boots. I started noticing fashion more.
And that brings us to this year. I have a large collection of boots and shoes. I have too many clothes, but I like almost all of them. I have some days where I get out the door and realize that I don’t like my outfit, but mostly I like what I wear.
- Philosophy: Your religion, spirituality, or general philosophy.
I don’t like wearing clothes flashily. I’m not an over-the-top person, except kinda in my sewing. Honestly, I wear clothes I like, ones that make me feel confident, because I like feeling confident. I like not worrying about how I look. I don’t really care about how other people think of my clothes, except maybe my friends and my crush (if I had one…).
- Culture: Your cultural background and the aesthetic values you grew up with.
I’m so cultureless. I have an interesting family, but we’re all really blah fashion-wise. I guess my mom has taught me that sentimental t-shirts are never too old and that there is no reason good enough for putting on clothes you aren’t comfortable in. Oh, and that funny/unique earrings make or break outfits (that’s a moot point though because I don’t have pierced ears).
My family does have a culture of creativity that I think I’ve picked up. I can see my grandmother’s quilts in my fabric choices and my color combinations. I write actively because of my mom. I sew because my mom and my grandmother do and because they taught me.
- Community: Your friends and the people around you.
I live in a cute little town in the suburbs, up the street from a little boulevard that can pose (and quite possibly has) as Mainstreet USA. It’s filled with locally-owned shops and restaurants and it’s the best hang-out spot ever.
My main community, though, is my school. It’s a huge public school with so many people that everyone has their own little micro-communities. Mine is awesome. I have friends I love and the people in my classes who I don’t like I mostly just don’t care about (rather than actively dislike). No one I hang out with is too vain or obsessed with fashion. One of my friends is getting into makeup, but she’s low-key about it. She did some make-up for me in my striped dress pictures. So, my community is positive and generally in line with my philosophy.
- Activities: Your interests, activities, and hobbies.
I sew. I blog. I write (young adult fantasy) a bit, not as much as I used to, but I’m trying to get into it more again.
I spend a lot of time on school. A lot. I focus a lot on my hobbies just to get away from all the stress of school. I don’t know what I’m going to do next year when my workload, like, triples. Gah.
- Location: Where you live.
Southern California. That’s really only pertinent because it never gets cold and summer is way too hot. I was freezing a few days ago because I left my jacket in my locker and I was in a sheer shirt and tank. It was 67° I think.
- Body: How you feel about your body
Okay. Better on some days, but overall, okay. I should exercise more, but I don’t really. I eat healthily. I don’t feel like my body image influences my fashion that much, except maybe my height (which I can’t change). I guess I find that I’m more drawn to dresses with defined waistlines at the natural waist because they make me feel taller.
So that’s a brief overview of my fashion sense. Can you relate?