Someone remarked to me recently that they’ve never seen me wearing the same thing twice. I like to think that I cleverly rotate what I wear by mixing and matching items to make the process of getting dressed an interesting and creative experience, so perhaps I’ve actually achieved that?
However, I do own a lot of clothes with a penchant for anything with unusual details, vintage pieces, wool, and I love colour, texture and architectural shapes. But if you asked me to define my style I would be hard-pressed to give you a succinct, definitive answer because I dress how I feel, rather than sticking to a signature look.
This can have its downsides and sometimes I wish I had a more consistent point of reference, especially on those days where I literally feel at odds with myself, which has been more often than not over the recent months. The challenge becomes one of finding something that reflects my mood, in which case, I shift to default mode and end up wearing a combination that I know will work, even if it means that I feel like I’m a stranger in someone else’s clothing!
But the beauty of getting dressed is that clothes can alter how you look and feel and like fashion designer Marina Davis, who I wrote about here, I also think that clothing is the ultimate form of self-expression.
Invariably, when I look to add to my existing wardrobe it’s the statement pieces that I’m drawn to time and time again. I can come across as quite shy and introverted, but by nature I’m passionate, outspoken, fiery and I have an off-beat sense of humour (I’m appreciative that my husband acknowledges this as the only person who ever laughs at my jokes!) and I think that all of the above is subconsciously reflected in my style choices.
I bought this Karen Walker bomber jacket just before winter. The bonus is that it fits well across the shoulders—imperative for my body shape and height—and the overall fit is neat, rather than being overly long in the sleeves, or too long (or short) in the torso, with enough interest to make it feel like it’s not just an ordinary denim jacket.
I have yet to fully explore my options with it because I work in an office that feels like a refrigerator, and if I was writing this post at work I think my fingers may well have frozen to the keyboard at this point. But I’m looking forward to this jacket becoming a regular staple of my spring/ summer wardrobe. The acid wash and zips make a feminine outfit (and my pseudo work attire) feel a bit more edgy and dressed up, and I love the endless versatility of denim.
The other thing for me is that denim always marks a period in time. For some reason, this jacket triggered memories of my teenage years where I borrowed my Dad’s jeans, which I rolled up at the hem and paired with oxblood steel cap Dr Martens; to experimenting with skinny leg acid wash jeans with zip-up ankles—a purchase from a trip to Hong Kong when they had yet to become fashionable back in New Zealand.
And lastly, dare I even admit to owning a pair of light blue cut-off shorts that had not one…not two…but THREE tiers of fraying around the bottom third of the shorts, which I bought during my first ever trip to Sydney.
Yes, I can almost see your horrified face as you read this. But you can forgive my eleven or twelve year-old-self. They were pretty damn cool at the time…
Stylefile: Karen Walker Aleksey Bomber (you can find a darker denim version on sale here), Kate Sylvester wool trousers (similar)/ Earrings (inspired by artist Yayoi Kusama) by Doodad and Fandango an Australian label who make super quirky accessories.