Who Are You Really?
In yesterday’s guest post, Glenda Harrison, said something that, in my opinion, goes to the core of personal style. “The key to living an inspired life is knowing thyself.” Knowing yourself is the first step to reach your style aspirations. Though it may be somewhat of a challenge for people who are blind or have vision loss this is not impossible.
Lifestyle is a major attribute to your dress code personality. If you live on a ranch and are an outdoorsy type individual, you probably wouldn’t be walking around in, say, heels, dress, clutch, and accessories on a day-to-day basis. That doesn’t mean you’re not interested in wearing this type of clothing it’s more that your lifestyle is one where a more casual, relaxed outfit rules the day.
Another characteristic that influences our style is disability or physical inability. For those of us who are blind or vision impaired our disability may require us to use a white cane, guide dog or other tools to enable us to live independently.
As we know, disabilities are not defined by just physical limitations. While we have a long way to go, the push on universal design, which takes into consideration the needs of everyone, it is my hope that one day we will also reach universal acceptance. But back to what I was saying…
Wearing clothing that fits well and in colors that are flattering to you is only the beginning of reaching or reinventing your style. Because there are so many categories of apparel and numerous types within each category, this post will easily become a series to continue our conversation on what works best for you.
Skirts & Shirts
To give you a brief overview of what I’m talking about let’s take skirts for example. They range from pleated, A-line, flounce, handkerchief, wrap, to slit, straight, trumpet, pencil, and more.
So to complete an outfit with a skirt you would need to pair it with a top right? Well within the category of tops, just like skirts, there are many from which to choose.
Given that there are so many different types of skirts and tops the combination of looks you can acquire is practically unlimited. Additionally, when you throw in fabric type, colors, prints, layering pieces, and accessories you’ve increased these combinations exponentially.
It stands to reason then, that when we are looking at developing our personal style, we would want to choose those pieces in fabrics that work best for us and make us feel good. As I’ve said before and I will continue to say – style is personal to the individual and it does NOT follow rules.
I’ve seen articles on my body shape (the pear) where some stylists say that pencil skirts are not appropriate for this frame. I disagree. Admittedly I am hippy (always have been) however my hips have always been one of my best features and pencil skirts my hip’s best friend.
In the photos included with today’s post I am wearing a charcoal gray pencil skirt with a chambray shirt. My navy T-strap slingback heels with gray and burgundy bucket bag complement the colors in my top and skirt. I finished off this look with a bold bib style faux pearl statement necklace, cuff bracelet and earrings.
- Chambray Shirt | Old Navy (similar HERE)
- Gray Skirt | Ann Taylor (similar HERE)
- Navy Slingbacks (old) | DSW (similar HERE)
- Bucket Bag | Neiman Marcus Last Call (similar HERE)
- Jewelry (old) | Similar pieces HERE, HERE and HERE
Remember how I said earlier that lifestyle plays an important role in style? Well it’s been two years since I’ve retired and my lifestyle has changed drastically. Though skirts and dresses are still my favorite items of clothing, I now have a few more jeans than I’ve ever owned.
Over the next few weeks I want to continue talking about personal dress codes and dive a little deeper into the types of clothing. The glossary (an ongoing project) on my blog contains many terms used to describe many of these items. Unfortunately there currently isn’t a way to link the terms to the glossary on WordPress.com but if this should change down the road I will certainly use the linking method to make it easier for you to quickly gain access to this terminology.
So what are some of your favorite top and bottom combos?
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” ~Theodore Roosevelt