Wednesday, February 3, 2010

What's my scene?

Having spent far too many hours standing in front of my wardrobe uttering those immortal words "I have nothing to wear", it dawned on my that actually I have no ONE to wear.

See, I have spent pretty much all my 20's dabbling in different looks and images, and then the last couple of years pregnant and super-sized after said pregnancy, that my wardrobe resembles that of a schizophrenic. I dress according to where I'm going, my mood, who I'll see, what's not in the dirty laundry basket...

Now, before I get started here, I am so totally not a fashionista, and I realise that I could wear a potato sack and still have a fully functioning brain and my spunky if slightly abrasive personality would remain intact. I don't bundle up my self-worth with my make up bag, but I do believe the clothes we choose and the overall "image" we project says a lot about us, who we are and what we are into.

But who am I now? Having spent my high school years slavishly wearing whatever was in Dolly magazine and I could convince my Mum to let me out of the house in, and my 20's dabbling in everything from Doc Martens in the clubs to twin sets at work, I am now a bit befuddled as to what my look is. I'm not talking about what's "in fashion" at the moment, but what genre do I fit in?

I'm pretty sure this isn't it:

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But who am I now? Preppy, Boho, Chic, Quirky, Rocky? Ballet flats, kitten heels, sneakers, Converse, friggen work boots, I don't know!! Frankly, I think there is a little bit of everything in me, a lot of different aspects to my personality.

Sure, I'm a Mum, and jeans and a tee are easy for the playground, but there is a part of me that's wants to be a little more stylish than that. I'd love to be one of those women who just "throw something on" and look put together.

Then of course, there's the matter of buying clothes on a non-existent budget, and finding clothes that fit and flatter my current (hopefully not for much longer) size. But that's just making my brain hurt.

So what are your favourite clothes? Is there a look you love?



  1. I'm currently loving living in yoga pants and oversized longsleeve tshirts. Of course this doesn't fly at wardrobe currently screams THAT'S SO OLD! I must have a similar budget to yours. Everytime I think I'm going to have a weekend of shopping and wardrobe updating (which franky is extremely intimidating to me) something comes up and that money vanishes.

    I too dress to my moods and most days I want comfortable and practical. My job requires a certain color palate of clothing which makes my wardrobe boring...I snazz it up with funky socks...I'm a dork that way.

    There are certain looks I love but it would cost way to much for me to overhaul my wardrobe. Besides, I much prefer my kid looking stylish than her mum ;O)

  2. I just threw up a little when I saw that picture. Thanks.

    I'm a jeans and t-shirt kind of guy. Unfortuantely, this isn't acceptable at work, so it's khakis and button down sans tie most days. Weeknights are pajama pants and t-shirt. Weekends are jeans and t-shirt and Cons.

  3. I'm like you - I enjoy so many different looks. It used to bother me that I didn't have a look that I could call my own, but not I'm cool with it. I wear whatever I feel like wearing! I will say this though, while I sport the preppy look, the indie look and the I'm-just-too-lazy-to-care look, I would LIKE to be more creative in my dressing - as in mixing and matching and accessorizing whatever outfit I have on ala the models in Anthropologie catalogs. Oh and I'd love to have money tree to AFFORD the clothes from that store, too. :D

  4. WOW!!! I sooo cannot see you wearing that "new" look. My fav outfit/style is my church look. I love my high heels and suits with fresh hair!!!

  5. Haha - when that picture came up in Google Reader I thought you were sharing some of your past with us!

    My favourite "look" of the moment is skinny jeans, boots and either a t-shirt for casual, or a sparkly top for something a bit more dressy. It's so quick and easy, but in my opinion always looks "pulled together".

    My wardrobe gets a regular clean-out, so it's become less eclectic over the years as I've worked out what styles suit me and what I actually like (as opposed to what the magazines tell me I should like).

    I couldn't put a label on my style that other people would understand - it's just me!

  6. i used to be all dresses, dresses dresses and heels - sydney. now I haven't shopped for clothes so long I can be seen hiding in my house in the OHT wearing Cowboys shorts. I know, sad. I like feminine looks (truly) so Cowboy shorts aren't really me - but they are OK when no-one is looking hehe - I know what you mean. Good though provoker.

  7. I know exactly what you mean. Most everybody I know has a particular "look". Not me. I'd like to say jeans and tee shirts, but, it's not always like that. I just don't have any flair.

  8. You know this is something I've been struggling with, but after my post the other day and some interesting conversations with friends, I threw out all my ideas of 'mum', 'age' and my 'job' and thought about which look I really loved and felt comfortable with. I came up with rock-n-roll with a twist of vintage.
    I went through my drawers and bagged all the clothes I didn't like/fit and gave them to charity. With some Christmas $$ I had I bought some edgy tees, a skirt and some funky earrings/bracelet.
    It wasn't a huge makeover but it's amazing how much confidence it's given me and I've discovered a little bit of Corinne I'd lost somewhere.
    2010 is definitely turning into the year of finding myself again after the haze of being a new mum the past 3-4 years.


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