A Breton top, a trench coat, a scarf…
How many outfits like this have I already posted? Well, there’s nothing new under the sun, really, and I don’t believe in trying to come up with something new just because…
I suppose we could say I’m stuck in a rut. Except that I don’t think that. I would rather describe it as having found my signature style. It works for me: it suits my personality and my lifestyle. And you know what they say: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
I was a fashion student in the late 80’s
What I mostly remember about that time was how my classmates were always trying to outdo each other by coming up with the weirdest outfits. Not stylish or elegant, just ‘new‘, for the sake of doing something nobody else had done. As in, wear your shirt backwards. Or inside out. Or staple the sleeves together. Never mind you can’t move your arms anymore, you’ll look so ‘creative‘…
The point is, instead of reworking the shirt to make it more fitted, more flattering or more practical in some way, we spent countless hours doing stupid things to distinguish ourselves from other people doing equally stupid things. And it was exhausting, and very frustrating, and had nothing to do with having personal style.
So, now that I work in a completely different industry and live the life of a busy middle-aged woman, I don’t have to reinvent the wheel by turning it into a square. The wheel works just fine as it is, and I can wear whatever makes me feel good and makes sense in my universe. That’s how you find personal style.
I believe in doing whatever comes naturally: living your own truth, whatever that is. But I admit that I often find it challenging to live my own truth: it’s not as if I spend my days doing only what I love. I guess we all have some financial and social constraints, and demands on our time that prevent us from fully exploring our potential. Life is a set of compromises, and we try to make the most of it.
But style, that’s the one area in life where we can do whatever makes us feel good. We can be minimalists, or maximalists, or alternate between the two. Or we can wear wild colours. or only grey, or even last season’s colour. Never mind the trends, we can wear whatever suits our lifestyles and personalities or just tickles our fancy at the moment.
There’s no need to reinvent the wheel. But we can tweak it, just a little bit. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, just paint it a different colour…
trench coat: Hobbs (s/s 2015, seen before e.g. HERE) / top: Boden / bag: Furla
trousers: marks and Spencer / scarf: Shanghai Tang / shoes: Clarks / sunglasses: Coach
location: Tehtaankatu, Helsinki
What’s your signature style?
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