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The Curated Closet – defining my style characteristics

Curated closet

Like I said in my last curated closet post, the aim of all the photo searching is to come up with a list of elements/characteristics that you like, which you later refine into a style list. So, without further ado, here is mine!

Overall vibe
Colourblocking
Middle aged pottery teacher
Minimalism/clean lines
Sculptural
Streetwear

This one was the hardest. It’s really difficult to give something a name! I was sort of considering going for tomboy or androgynous or something, because I’m a low maintenance person beauty wise and I never wear heels and even when wearing dresses I prefer to style them casual. But then I associate those names with a particular, boyish body shape, and clearly I am not that! In the end I plumped for streetwear after I was at a thing in the fringe and one of the performers commented on my campers and threadless sweatshirt, which gave me the idea of streetwear. It’s not quite right either though!

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This is what I mean by middle aged pottery teacher – Kate Malone was my inspiration but I couldn’t find any good full body pictures of her on her own. Sonya Phillips also in this vein. I don’t like this look wholesale (it’s too unfitted around the bust), but it really appeals to me

Individual items
Oversized/ losse fitting dress
Woven tshirt
Casual blazer
Skinny jeans
Long but fittedish tunic top
Flats shoes – brogues/campers/trainers
Shirtdress

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This features yellow, skinny jeans, colourblocking and layering

Colours
Yellow/Orange
Bright red
Navy as the neutral
Warm shades
Graphic prints – abstract or large scale florals
Stripes

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A loose fitting dress with a casual blazer (actually that’s maybe a cardigan)

Silhouettes
Oversized/a-line dress
Correctly fitted around the bust – I like oversized but I hate things flippy flopping around on my shoulders, or my boobs being squished down
Tunic over skinnies
Fitted top, voluminous bottom
Long/3/4length/bracelet length sleeves
Highish necklines that sit in place – no boat necks or off the shoulder things

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Stripes, pockets, trainers

Materials
Good quality fabrics only, true colours, no fading or pilling
Soft medium weight woven cottons
Stable knits (sweatshirting, thickish jersey)
Satin/silk for floaty tops
Wool
Preference for natural fibres

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Stripes, structural shoulders, red

Styling
Layering
Earrings and brooches for jewellery
Scarves/Handknit shawls
Erring on the side of casual
Crossbody bags
Pockets!

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I really disprove of the weird half in half out tucking here, but if the heels were flats I would wear this in a heartbeat

Overall this doesn’t feel totally coherent but it’s a start!

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  • banivani 27 September 2017, 7:44 am

    I really enjoyed this post, and will keep a look out for others in the series! Great collection of styles. I’ve been thinking a lot about style lately, since my natural inclination has always been androgynous, but with a “fuller figure” πŸ˜‰ I’ve fallen for the idea that I need to wear slinkier vavavoom clothes. Am now dithering and considering how to be a flat-shoed librarian but without looking like a box, haha. A lot of your peeves apply to me too – hate having squished boobs, hate things falling off my shoulders. Will keep looking. πŸ™‚

  • Sarah 3 October 2017, 7:23 am

    Regarding the street wear/androgynous/tomboy thing I think of it as clothes I could walk home from work in in an emergency (like a fire alarm, you just have to leave as you are and can’t go back inside to get your change of shoes/wallet etc).

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