My Favourite Outfits in 2017
I thought I’d take a look at some of my favourite outfits in 2017, to see where my style is going. Because style, like most things in life, is not static; it evolves over time, as our lifestyles and priorities change.
Of course, trends influence personal style, as do all the stylish people we see in the media (or social media). And yes, age influences personal style, too.
No, I’m not advocating ‘age-appropriate’ dressing. I’m simply pointing out that now, in my 50s, I would not wear most of the clothes I used to wear in my 20s. Well, I was a fashion student back then, so I used to wear pretty crazy stuff…
The way age changes personal style, at least in my case, is that I look for clothes that are more sophisticated, chic and better quality. I wear less fast fashion and spend more money on my clothes, but I also expect them to last longer and look classier. However, age has not changed the core elements of my style. I’ve just found new ways of interpreting these core elements.
So, what are the core elements of my style?
That’s what listing these ‘favourite outfits’ can tell me. And looking at these pictures now, it is very clear that there are, indeed, certain elements that I’m drawn to.
1. Understated chic and relaxed shapes
Minimalism is my game: clean lines and simple shapes have always appealed to me. And no, minimalism does not mean sack-like clothes in ugly colours. Instead, it means clothes that are functional and comfortable.
I definitely seem to gravitate towards more comfortable cuts and casual styles recently. Maybe it’s the whole Scandi Cool thing, going back to my ‘roots’, so to speak. Maybe it’s the mid-life body that doesn’t like to be pinched and constricted. I don’t know, but it’s clear that I feel most at ease in clothes that not only feel comfortable but also look both understated and sophisticated at the same time.
2. Simpler, muted colour schemes
No, I won’t be switching to neutrals: I’m well aware of what colours do and do not suit me. But I seem to be experimenting with darker, less in-your-face colours these days. Softer, more muted colours may well be my version of neutrals: they don’t scream for attention but they ooze class and sophistication. And let’s not forget that – unlike real neutrals – they compliment my skin tone.
3. High-impact Accessories
Less is more, that’s my motto. But I also want to make the ‘less‘ as high-impact as possible. In other words, I may limit the number of accessories, but the accessories I do wear must be something special. And by special I mean that they make their presence known. You know, shout ‘notice me‘. The whole point of having a very understated outfit is to use it as a backdrop for a little detail that becomes the centre of attention.
Right, looking at these photos, it’s clear that I have not only a favourite striped top but also a favourite pair of earrings…
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What are the core elements of your style?
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