A Style of One's Own
I can see a style coming through. I’ve always loved simple shapes and avoided prints. I have a few print items now, but they tend to be quite clear patterns, with no brushstroke effects or watercolour wishy-washiness, and small to medium in scale. I’d much rather have a woven colour pattern like tweed or tartan, or a textural decoration such as embroidery. Colours are mostly quite quiet: neutrals, greens and blues, plus an occasional splash of red. Shapes? Still simple. Shift dresses, plain skirts, that sort of thing. No ruffles or frou-frou. No peter pan collars. Bags are boxy, shoes uncomplicated. The only place there’s ever a real sense of drama is in jewellery, which I cannot resist.
Now, there is a down side to the way I dress: things can look decidedly ‘nana’. I’m not sure if it’s down to my figure – I’m plus size in my late 30s, so I've got quite a matronly shape - combined with the longer skirts of a lot of vintage styles, and my own general taste for unobtrusive colours and patterns. I think the way round this will be to make sure my accessories are sharp; 'neat and appropriate' is fine, but 'stylish' also needs to be in there.
So where is my style heading now? Definitely still more towards the deco end of things, although I’m quite fond of 60s flapper-influenced styles and 70s-does-Edwardian looks. While I lean towards the styles of the 1920s and 1930s, I’m never going to have ‘my decade’. That means I’m not ‘properly’ vintage, but nuts to that, I’m dieselpunk, if anything, not a re-enactor anyway. What I want to look for in future purchases is a hint of the deco, be that in pattern or silhouette, and not a nostalgic ‘wasn’t it romantic?’ take on deco (like the languid ladies on greetings cards) either. It needs to have speed in the streamlining, a hint of the wonders of the machine age. Things don’t have to be vintage or repro, but they need to embody the deco spirit. This should give my accessories the edge I need to avoid premature nanahood!
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