November 2010 Weddings
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What's your personal style?

I've been thinking a lot about this lately. With the new work responsibility I sometimes feel odd in my more casual clothing I have for summer (lots of 1950's style full skirts and cardis).  I feel like I need to amp up my personal style with more pencil skirts and heels. This 39 thing is also hitting me hard. I don't want to be trying to pull something off that I am too old for as well. I feel like I need to dress the part more.

What's your personal style? How does age affect how you will dress in your 30s, 40s, 50s? Who are your style icons?

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    What's your personal style? Vintage anthropologie but not so bohemian.  40s-50s cuts with an occasional vintage hairdo thrown in. I love Kelly bags, wedges, tight tops, beaded cardi's and a-line skirts.

    How does age affect how you will dress in your 30s, 40s, 50s? I was all over the place in my 20s. From goth wannabe one day to hippie chick the next. I have always been pretty dressy though. I'm weird in that I feel more comfortable dresses up than in sweatpants or jeans. In fact I went 3 years without wearing jeans at all.

    30s is as described above.

    40s is coming up quick and I feel like I need to make my look a little more sophistocated. I have a ton of fussy detailed items, but maybe I need to scale back and concentrate on simpler pieces with great accessories. 

    Who are your style icons? Audrey Hepburn, Jackie O, the women of Madmen. Dita Von Teese is the only modern one I can come up with.  Maybe Reese Witherspoon for a modern reference.

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  • I've never been overly concerned with having a personal style or following anyone else's style.  That being said, however, the majority of my wardrobe comes from Old Navy (for "play" clothes) and NY & Co. (for "work" clothes), so if that at all describes my style, then so be it.
  • When I have the energy to think about style. :) 

    1. For dressing up. 40's - 50's. Love it. I realized how much I loved it during wedding planning. I can also look back before that and realize I often gravitated towards more vintage styles. I like to wear skirts below the knee, vintage looking heels with Mary Jane straps, outfits that have a "true waist." If I had the time I'd curl my hair every day but sadly I don't. 

    2. For more casual: 70's. Empire waists. Flaired pants. Peasant girl necklines. Wedge heels or ballet flats. I am thin with a prominent collar bone so outfits that emphasize my neck and collar bone seem to work. And pants with "curve" (like a little flair) make my tiny figure look more womanly. 

    At 30 I too am becoming more conscious of dressing my age. I've collected more skirts and gravitate towards that 40's-50's style more than ever. But I also want to wear what looks good on me and not age myself more than necessary. :)

    Oh style icons: Well for dressier looks: Grace Kelly, Jackie O. Again my wedding helped me figure this stuff out. Apparently I love traditional elegance.  My wedding gown was an Oleg Cassini with a Jackie O belt at the true waist but overall it had that huge, ballgown Grace Kelly feel to it. Curly hair with volume, ornate details etc. For more casual styles... not sure if I have an icon!?

  • Ehh, I'm pretty boring. On a regular day, I'll wear jeans and a flowy top or top that has an empire waist... occasionally I'll wear a sweater or a maternity top lately. During summer, I wear a lot of sundresses and capris with sandals. 

    For work, I'd wear slacks with a button-up or flowy shirt. I now wear black exercise pants with my work shirt, so I don't have to really dress for work.

    I think I'm starting to dress more "Old Navy" for summer and I like Kohl's for anything dressy or more going out wear... sorry I'm no help at all. 

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  • I would say I'm pretty darn boring.

    If I thought for a second about dressing up at work, I'd get ridiculed up one side and down the other.  So.  I wear jeans with a flare leg, ratty tennis shoes, and t-shirts.  The t-shirts typically don't have designs on them (just plain colored t-shirts).  So I'm extremely boring.

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  • What's your personal style? Modern but timeless.  A little preppy, but at the same time urban.  Finished and very non-fussy.  When I dress up, I might choose a LBD from BCBG with very minimal accessories.  Everyday wear could be black slacks or nice jeans (jeans are extremely flattering to my figure), a shirt, and always high heals and a proper handbag.  I wear a lot of Banana Republic and Ann Taylor with Coach bags.  I ALWAYS have makeup and hair done and an "outfit" when I leave the house, even if I'm going to the gym.  My general rule for picking clothes is that people should think I look great but not remember what I was wearing.  I also don't like to own lots of stuff, so everything needs to work together.  Wow I sound boring!

    How does age affect how you will dress in your 30s, 40s, 50s?  I picked a style very early on (high school).  This works with my appearance and I'm comfortable with it, so I think changes will be minor.  I'm petite but very curvy, so I avoid flowy things, ruffles, and non-tailored looks.  I think I can just keep refining that look as I age and making it more sophisticated.

    Who are your style icons?  Hmm... well, I too love Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O, but realistically I could never dress like that with my figure!  We had a family friend who passed away a couple of years ago in her late 90's.  She was French and her style was amazing.  Even in her 90's, she was always perfectly groomed and put together.  Her clothes were elegant and stylish, but not flashy, and even at that age she was a sensation wherever she went.
  • I don't think boring or casual is bad.  I think it is so much a product of lifestyle sometimes. Unfortunately I realize I must have a more formal lifestyle most of the time. I heard that "dress for the position you want to have" thing and I guess it stuck.  I think about the impression I give clients, piers and my bosses a lot I guess. If I had my way I'd be in sundresses most of the time. But I don't think that would fly here.

    Thanks for indulging me!

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    I don't think boring or casual is bad.  I think it is so much a product of lifestyle sometimes. Unfortunately I realize I must have a more formal lifestyle most of the time. I heard that "dress for the position you want to have" thing and I guess it stuck.  I think about the impression I give clients, piers and my bosses a lot I guess. If I had my way I'd be in sundresses most of the time. But I don't think that would fly here.

    Thanks for indulging me!

    The CEO of my company wears jeans to work, so by wearing jeans, I am dressing for any position :) I work for a very large global corporation.  I don't have 'clients' that I deal with.  They are all engineers.  I would seriously be made fun of if I dressed up for work.  Actually, I dressed up for the interview (suit, heels, hair and makeup done), and never heard the end of it.  Since I work with 95% men, sundresses wouldn't fly here either.  "Wow.  You're all dressed up.  Got something special planned for today?"  So, jeans and ratty tennis shoes for me!

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    image bellaxanthe:

    I don't think boring or casual is bad.  I think it is so much a product of lifestyle sometimes. Unfortunately I realize I must have a more formal lifestyle most of the time. I heard that "dress for the position you want to have" thing and I guess it stuck.  I think about the impression I give clients, piers and my bosses a lot I guess. If I had my way I'd be in sundresses most of the time. But I don't think that would fly here.

    Thanks for indulging me!

    The CEO of my company wears jeans to work, so by wearing jeans, I am dressing for any position :) I work for a very large global corporation.  I don't have 'clients' that I deal with.  They are all engineers.  I would seriously be made fun of if I dressed up for work.  Actually, I dressed up for the interview (suit, heels, hair and makeup done), and never heard the end of it.  Since I work with 95% men, sundresses wouldn't fly here either.  "Wow.  You're all dressed up.  Got something special planned for today?"  So, jeans and ratty tennis shoes for me!

    Haha, I have to dress up a lot too, Bella. I do go through phases of dressing down because my current office job can be casual at times, but I then lock my door and hide away because I know there are many at the office who prefer the dressed up look, and they are higher ups. And when I dress down it's usually a sign I am not feeling good or tired or sad. 

    I look forward to the day that my life is more "casual".  My dh however is not casual... very polished and preppy, so that day may never come. :) 

  • That is my dream job. Where I can dress however I want. It's funny the director of design wears jeans nearly every single day. But the rest of us can't. It's a bizarre culture here.

     

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  • I don't have much style.  Seriously, I can hardly dress myself - my sister has to shop with me usually, and I buy things that I can remember what goes together.  For work, I wear slacks and either kind-of-flowy tops or fitted t-shirts (my office is on the casual side of business casual).  I never wear heels because they always hurt my feet.  When I'm not working, I like comfy things like jeans or capris and t-shirts - sometimes fitted, sometimes comfy.  And flip flops... I'd wear flip flops every minute if I could.  Mostly so I can kick them off and be barefoot :)
  • Skinny jeans and fitted tees or off the shoulder 80's style tops. I rarely dress up, but when I do it's usually classic and not really of a particular era.

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  • I tend to go for classic, timeless looks. I don't really dress with the latest trend, but I like to follow them.

    The two stores I really rely on for work and casual clothing is The Limited and Banana Republic.  I get most of my pants from The Limited since they fit my hips better but for tops and everything else, it's between those two stores.

    I really like the 1950's / Mad Men era for inspiration. I would have loved to have lived back then! Well, really only for the fashion...

    I don't think my style has changed too much as I have grown out of my 20s and now settling into my 30s. I guess that's why I like the classic looks, since they seem to work at any age. 

    Style icons? I agree with the ladies who said Grace Kelly, Jackie O, and more recently Katherine Middleton. Seriously, that girl knows how to dress! 

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