tags: closet curating, definable, indefinable, personal style, street fashion, wardrobe
past, present, purgatory [wayne tippets, vanessa jackman, altamira]
My greatest belief about clothes is that style does not come to you unless you pay attention to it.
-Amanda Brooks, I Love Your Style
i like defining things, especially my style, because it gives me a foundation to base future choices off of, however i often like too many styles and it changes even faster than fashion seasons. but i’m perfectly content with that.
so i have to constantly have these periods of reflection. amanda brooks book was surprisingly helpful in this department and while i don’t find her intellectually stimulating, her categorization of definable vs. indefinable styles was particularly helpful in my differentiation process. in terms of definables, i tend to deffer to classic/minimalist tendencies, often simultaneously. indefinables are less about specific structures, but rather underlying principles. i tend to be quite girlish with boyish/punkish backlash. overall, i’d say playfully put-together still defines me fairly well.
that said, this step in closet curating will forever be ongoing and i don’t feel entirely comfortable setting all of that in stone because i’d hate to limit myself, even in the broad scope of the indefinable category. i’d rather just be free to explore all of them. i realize that it’s contrary to what i said about enjoying the defining process, but that’s the way i operate: i’m an extremist and i oscillate constantly. i believe it is important to analyze yourself to get to the essence of how your style works and not just it’s components.