Pret a Porter P had some interesting insights on her evolving wardrobe that got me thinking about my own influences, which are currently in flux. Lately, I find myself inhabiting these two spheres of dress:
Lately it’s been mostly dark clothing (#allblackeverything, really) and loose, soft, flowing lines. But a few days ago I found these double monkstrap shoes, which reminded me of how much I love #menswear:
Went into Macy’s looking for discounted North Face jackets and ended up with these instead, which I consider a worthy use of a 20% off discount and a Christmas gift card from the parents. They’re so handsome! I am excited to wear socks and trousers and button downs again, just to pull these babies off.
The discovery of these shoes reminds me of how much I love classic tailored clothing, especially with the nod to menswear. But if I look over what I’ve worn in the past few months, I’ve moved away from that aesthetic quite a bit. That long black open cardigan that I received from my aunt sparked a bunch of looks I’ve only seen online but never worn in real life. Now all of a sudden, these images below don’t seem too foreign:
Not sure of what to make of this current mood I’m in. I enjoy both styles: menswear has a recognizable structure (pants, crisp shirts, jackets) and I delight in the rich colors of leather shoes and the potential for endless sock combinations. But long flowing dresses are physically appealing too. They evoke mystery and I like the non-aggressive femininity that the pictures above display. To me, these shapes are unassuming and quietly ladylike.
Perhaps the only drawback (if you consider it one) is that long (dark) dresses generate interesting comments like “who died,” “are you a nun,” and “you look like (insert malevolent character here).” I personally enjoy these comparisons and I like running with it–I don’t mind being Severus Snape. Or Morticia Addams (particularly Carolyn Jones’ depiction):
I suppose there is no crime in subscribing to both, or any other schools of thought re: fashion. There’s so much crossover now that I don’t need to label myself or my style. But as a person who likes to compartmentalize life to make sense of it, two or more (seemingly) unrelated influences is jarring. Can one still consistently project the same message even if the external image might change? Can there be a multi-directional wardrobe that expresses different themes, but still remains true to its owner?
tl;dr: Kristina likes dude clothes AND swirly long skirts. Cue much introspection; such overthinking 🙂