A couple of weeks ago I was having coffee with a friend and we got on to my favourite subject - style. What is it? Who's got it? How do you get it? She said I should write about it......
Style is different from fashion. Fashion is of the moment, its transient, fleeting.
Style is a way of doing things, its inherent in all of us but for one reason or another, we may not show it. We may never have had the opportunity to even discover it.
But once you've identified it, you can build on it and this will give you confidence.
Style isn't about standing out, its about being comfortable with who you are and you're clothes should reflect this.
What you regularly choose from your wardrobe is your personal style; you just may need to make more of it.
To pinpoint your style, open your wardrobe and pick out your favourite clothes, the ones you enjoy wearing and feel your best in, the clothes you come back to time and again.
Try on each piece and see what it is that you like - the colour, fabric, fit, shape, texture or pattern? This is what you should concentrate on, if you want to accentuate your style.
Now select the pieces you've kept, for whatever reason, but don't wear. Try these on. What is it that isn't quite working for you? Again it could be the colour, the fit, the fabric or it may simply be that your lifestyle has changed. These are the clothes or elements to avoid in the future.
This is a great exercise to do before planning new items to make. By concentrating on what you know works for you, your sewing projects will naturally be more successful. This doesn't mean you can't try something new. If you're trying a new shape, make it in a colour you already wear, and a fabric you like the handle of.
If you don't normally wear prints but are tempted by a striking floral, hold it up against you. Can you wear it? Or does it wear you? Will the colours work with your existing wardrobe? If you still love the print but can't visualise yourself wearing it in a particular shape, why not buy a metre are wear it as a scarf. This is also a good way to add an accent colour to your wardrobe that may not suit you top–to–toe.
This knowledge of what does and doesn't work for you, means that you can buy fabrics you know you'll use in the future, even if you don't know what to make with them right now. There is nothing more inspiring than the possibilities of what can be made with a new piece of fabric!