I always look forward to getting dressed in the morning and I ultimately wear what suits my mood at the time. And I definitely think that style is subjective and a very personal thing which also ties into our ‘identity.’
It might be Spring, but it’s cold outside!
The sun is shining, but it’s still pretty crisp outside, so more-often-than-not, I’ll be wrapped up, and barely a day goes by where I won’t be wearing tights (or a scarf for that matter).
I’ve never been able to really pin down ‘my style’ or give it any kind of description– there are days where I like drapey black garments, but they’ll always have to have some point of interest or added detail, as ‘minimalism’ has never been my forte` (although I love it on others), and wish I could get it to work for me. I like texture, bright colours, the use of different types of fabric in one garment, I like pattern (occasionally), but too much and it can overwhelm me because (she says quietly), I’m actually rather short!
4 FT, 11″ (and a half)
I’m proud of my height, and over time have become quite fond of being little. It meant I could sneak up on people without them seeing me… “BOO!” I can weave my way in and around people at live music shows and people often let me through to the front, because I’m hardly going to obscure anyone’s field of vision!!! On the down side, buying trousers used to be a challenge and the high-waisted look never worked on me either. These days skinny jeans are staples in my wardrobe so there’s no need to cut off any of the shape at the bottom. Being petite, I have a lot of structured pieces in my wardrobe too– dresses that nip in at the waist (with the exception of a couple of looser fitting dresses like the one I’m wearing here), delicate pussy bow blouses that I tuck into more structured skirts or jeans. If I wear a top or shirt that’s too stiff, I look like a
giant /petite version of a gigantic brick, and for some reason (ever since I was a kid) I’ve always been drawn to high-neck Victorian style blouses!
I have however given myself the challenge of trying to go casual for the next 6-months, but more on that later!
Off come the stockings!
I’ve always loved cute Japanese street style and I feel that there’s a hint of this in Karen Walker’s design aesthetic. I bought a few pieces from her Sea Monsters Collection because of the cute drop-waist styles, prints and frills, plus the colours from that collection really suited my colouring. I love this Karen Walker dress from this previous winter’s Fantastique Magnifique collection. From the front, the A-line shape has an easy, relaxed look and feel, and then from the back– surprise!! It’s nice to have that balance with the neck being slightly higher at the front and scooped at the back, along with the dropped hem which is rather playful and elegant too. It was a particularly windy day when we did this shoot (typical Wellington), but it seemed to work beautifully, giving some movement and lightness to the dress. The Coat was from World’s Winter collection a couple of years ago. It’s a great coat that feels like the perfect length and weight; ideal for cold Wellington winters, and the heart shaped pockets…what’s not to love!!!!!
Above: ASOS Orange over-sized clutch, Strategia Boots (which feel like walking on clouds as they’re fur-lined inside!).
I like chunky jewellery too, as fine pieces get lost on me.
Accessories: KW Neon cuff, Plastic ring: bought from a little design store in Featherston, and my favourite sterling silver ring (which I got all angsty about when I lost it for a year!).