I haven’t really spoken much about style on my blog before but the idea of a personal uniform is something that I see as ever changing. Even moving to LA totally changed how I dress because of my environment and the change in weather. I often talk about how makeup is an extension of how I dress myself, and I think it’s honestly taken until my thirties to find what I would describe as my sense of style or ‘personal uniform’ if you like. I wrote a while ago about ‘how to feel bitchin no matter what your size‘ and this is a little more specific on the pieces that make me feel that way I guess.
For a long time I always fell victim to the belief I couldn’t wear certain things because of my shape, and there fore wore clothes I felt ‘flattered’ me the most (in other words hid the parts I told myself I shouldn’t show), and while thats still true to an extent I don’t hold that belief any more, if I find clothing I like, I wear it. It’s really that simple. Instead of focusing on how clothes make me look, I focus much more on how they make me feel. I feel like getting my hair cut was a huge catalyst in how I view myself in terms of my physical appearance now I’m in my thirties’ and in some ways I feel the most adventurous I’ve ever been when it comes to playing with clothes in the same way I do with makeup. It feels fun again, and it feels like its for me. I think about how fabrics feel against my skin, and the biggest thing I notice when I compare how I dress now and how I did in my twenties is the need for quality. That doesn’t necessarily have to mean high end items exclusively but it does mean I think about the quality of clothing more and look to invest in key pieces that feel extra special to me.
When it comes to basics I’m totally happy to wear high street, especially for items I know I’ll wear out like white t shirts for example. I love H&M mens wear for cotton Tees, & Other Stories is incredible for silks and more premium cuts, where as Topshop is pretty much unbeatable when it comes to denim. The pieces I spend more on would have to be blazers (more on that here). I own more blazers than I care to imagine, and in addition to co ord trouser suits, I love tailoring because it always without fail, makes me feel bitchin! I also enjoy a lot of 90’s vintage pieces like these Gucci mules I’m wearing in these photos. These were my mums, and I love how they look with straight leg jeans and a clean crisp white top like this one, with some kind of small detail like the tortoise shell buttons.
I love it all. I love monochrome, I love colour and I love neutrals but I always like some kind of detail, whether thats the stitching, an unexpected splash of colour or some kind of cut to the fabric that gives an unexpected twist. As cliche as it must sound, my real weakness is accessories, especially shoes and bags. I think its because I appreciate how much significance they make to any outfit. I can wear a white tee and vintage jeans and feel good, but add an incredible pair of shoes, and I feel A-MAZ-ING! The shoes I wore on my wedding day (Vintage Gucci) are still my favourite to pair with jeans and a t-shirt. Most photos I see myself in I’m wearing some kind of jeans and top combo, or a dress but always with a blazer. At some point that may be a separate post all on its own, a dedication if you will to the blazer.
I feel the same way about jewellery. I pretty much always wear the same rings, but I do experiment with earrings and necklaces. I think its fair to say earrings are having a moment and I’m enjoying how that has really trickled down into the high street, I’ve seen some amazing ones in Mango and Zara recently. I also really like mixing metals, I think silver and gold jewellery look great together, and the pieces I wear every day like my DH ring, which was actually my engagement ring from Dave obviously hold a lot of sentimental value and much like a tattoo I like how jewellery, even clothing can hold a lot of powerful memories and act as a reminder of special times.
My approach to style is one thats flexible. My likes and dislikes change depending on my mood and I like to experiment, yes there’s always go to outfits I come back to but I think for me I have to have a sporadic approach to it without feeling I have to stick to one way of dressing and one way of dressing only.
Photos By Kayla Varley