Wardrobe Architect – thoughts on my style


I’ve finally completed the first two worksheets in this series and have been more than a little surprised at just how difficult I’ve found the process.  I’ve also found it nigh on impossible to write a coherent post on the topic. 

Having written and deleted several drafts, it dawned on me that actually, I’m overcomplicating the results of my contemplations and there are, in fact, just three main reasons why I haven’t ever defined a style for myself.

The first is that it’s never been a priority.  As long as I was reasonably appropriately dressed, what mattered most to me was getting stuff, whether it was working or raising kids, done.

Secondly, I, like most other women, have stupid hangups about the way I look. And the stupid hangups stop me wearing what I want.  Which, if you think about it, is really, really, well…stoopid.  Because as long as the style is flattering for my shape, I can pretty much make anything I want to (and if I haven’t got the skills yet…hello, tailoring…than I can crack on and learn them).

Thirdly, I’m a big scaredy cat when it comes to dressing outside my comfort zone.  I look at certain styles that I’m pretty sure would suit me but just think “nah…I’m to fat/short/tall/old/whatever” and stick to the same old frumpy stuff.

The thing is…when you write it down it all seems a bit lame (and there’s The Husband again, rolling his eyes.  Pack it in, Mr!).

So now I’d got the dumb stuff out of the way, the stuff I already knew but wasn’t really admitting myself, it was time to ‘fess up to what I really do want to wear.

A quick peek at my Pinterest boards was really all it took.

PicMonkey Collage wa1

My ideal style falls into two categories, really.

Slim trousers/jeans with a tunic top and a slouchy cardigan for cold/wet/dreary days.

PicMonkey Collage wa2

Dresses with a fitted bodice, full skirt and a shrunken cardigan for warmer weather. I do wear dresses in winter but absolutely loathe tights/holdups with a passion. They are so damnably uncomfortable.

PicMonkey Collage wa3

This is all well and good, but I needed to encapsulate this into 5 words.  Not quite so easy.  I would say that my ideal style nods to 1940’s/1950’s Italian and French style.  Paris in the springtime.


The Amalfi coast in June.


I like to look feminine, and whilst I don’t like frilly/girly clothes, I’m not full on Sophia Loren va-va-voom.  I like clean lines and I’m fond of a good print.  My clothes need to be washable (I’ve got kids and a dog doncha know) and modest (I’m not flashing the goods to the world at the school gates).  I’m always on the go so I need to be comfortable.  But not so comfortable that I look like I’ve given up completely.  Which, I’ll admit, I sometimes do at the moment (lets add loungewear to the list, shall we).

It’s also important to me that whilst I look pulled together, I’m not wandering around looking like Daphne Guinness (who is simply fabulous, btw).  

Source: Vanity Fair

Source: Vanity Fair

I totally admire the chutzpah it takes to wear high fashion, but I want to subscribe to the “fashion fades, style is eternal” school of thought, and have a clean and appropriate look that says “hey, I’ve made an effort but I’ll still play Lego on the floor with your kids, and yes, I’d love to go for coffee with you”. I want to be focused on living my life rather than fidgeting and pulling at my clothes because they’re too outré.  I also want them to be timeless…the sort of clothes that I can wear day in day out and they’ll stand up to the passage of time.  The sort of clothes that I can add to piece by piece until I’m never stuck for something to wear and can pull out a complete and polished outfit at the drop of a hat.

PicMonkey Collage wa4

Speaking of hats…I’ll probably need to learn the art of accessorising too, n’est pas?

When you actually start to write it down, the ideas begin  to crystallise.  If I had to choose 5 words to encapsulate the style I’d like to have they would be, in no particular order:






I think I might be on to something here!

23 Responses to Wardrobe Architect – thoughts on my style

  1. Reading posts of all participating in the Wardrobe Architect I start to like it. It is helpful… I have done a lot few years ago but maybe it would be good to repeat it.

    • I think it’s a good idea to revisit every few years. I know my lifestyle has changed dramatically and that’s really impacted on what I wear.

      • That’s true… it could have positive influence on your mood as well… we tend to wear the same over and over again – afraid to make a change. This analys is allowing to really get perspective, step back, look and make the step.
        I am reading all posts with all participants with great pleasure. I want to make a change in my caree – maybe making a change in my wardrobe will be the first step. Looking back – usually it started in a such way 🙂

  2. So nicely written and articulated! Love all your pins! Looking forward to seeing your makes

  3. I think we’re fashion twins – except you’re the younger, thinner one!

  4. Béa says:

    Yes, those first two weeks’ exercises were *tough*! They really made you think about style in general, and your own ideal style in particular.

  5. Vicki Kate says:

    What an articulate post! I love your five words – that’s the Evie I know and went to dinner with!

  6. K-Line says:

    I find this post fascinating and I do love reading people’s takes on themselves in the process of undertaking this challenge. I even tried the third worksheet (put up on the site today) just because I thought it might be fun. It wasn’t. I do love your buzz words and I see how they relate to your style as we’ve seen it. Your inspiration photos are delightful! Esp. Carla.

    • These exercises are anything but fun! But, weirdly, I’m finding it very therapeutic. It’s good to step back sometimes, I think, and reflect. I’m really, really rubbish at doing that for myself 😉

  7. Great post. I’ve been following this too and I think it makes you think about style as something other than a collection of clothes. If we can make anything in any colour it really helps to have some way of narrowing it down and deciding what we will actually wear!

    • I think it’s also useful to help you resist the sewing “bandwagon” (I use that word in the best possible way) when a shiny new pattern comes along that ultimately won’t be your style.

  8. Andrea says:

    You know, one of the reasons I love reading your blog is the fact that I love the way you write. Another reason is that I like the way you think. I can relate to your thinking and writing, Evie, and I can certainly relate to your ideal style. You are certainly on to something and I look forward to seeing how all this shapes up over this next year.

    P.S. Love those Swedish Hasbeens! For a very similar but much more affordable clog, check out Lotta from Stockholm.

    • *blushing again*
      You’re very kind!
      And thank you for the link (and from my bank account and husband). Those Lotta shoes are lovely. I see a pair in my future (especially as I’ve recently bought some gorgeous dress fabric that absolutely needs a red pair to go with it!)

  9. OK now I’m scared cos I’m not a thinker. I might have to learn how to think if I try the worksheets!

    I love your process and five words – its damned hard to distill something so nebulous.

    • I’m not a thinker either…small folk suck my brains out with a straw whilst I sleep.
      That said…it’s really worth rattling the remaining brain cells for! (mine…not yours!)

  10. sophie o. says:

    I absolutely love your five words! and your reflexion sounds like it was what I would have ended up with, had I made the effort 🙂 Now I’m really going to check what you end up with!

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