Evolving Style

Thursday, 28 August 2014
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Outfit: Rick Owens leather jacket, Helmut Lang t-shirt, The Kooples track pants (similar and on sale), New Balance 420 sneakers and Miu Miu sunglasses (much cheaper here if you don't mind eBay).


Recently, I had to tag nearly 1000 posts (!!) in order to make a few upgrades to the layout. It was a mind numbing exercise and required many packets of calorie laden cheezels (Ocado, my lifesaver, my BFF because you've FINALLY started stocking my favorite Antipodean snack) to keep sane. I have no idea how to categorize my blog as I flitter from topic to topic without any semblance of order. It's hard to believe that it's been 4 years since I started this blog. Who knew I can ramble on for this long?

It's also interesting to see how my personal style has evolved from the time I arrived in the U.K till now. It used to be a mish-mash of anything that took my fancy, edging towards a more feminine  and classic aesthetic. Since the weather in Auckland was more in line with the U.S west coast, that was where I drew most of my inspiration from.

Nowadays, I've adapted myself to the European fashion, namely French because their fit suit my petite frame and I don't have to fork out extra for alterations. It's also cheaper and more convenient to purchase European brands rather than having to pay exorbitant duty for overseas purchases and a pain to return if something didn't fit. I've chucked away most of my heels because I'm on my feet rather than in a car and yes, the weather's poles apart so leather jackets and coats rule my closet.

I've swapped my Juicy Couture track pants (yes.....no kidding but I drew the line on having the word Juicy stamped across my arse) for The Kooples and Petit Bateau more tapered styles. I've downsized my closet drastically. I stuck to black and grey with a smattering of burgundy and blues so that I can mix and match in 3 minutes flat.

I'm older and made enough mistakes to differentiate between clothes that I would wear repeatedly and ones that look awesome for an imaginary occasion. I'm definitely more comfortable in my skin. My love affair for jackets and coats continues to this day but I pay more attention to details, workmanship and that extra oomph that makes a piece stand out. I prefer a classic jacket with a contemporary and edgier twist. I want a statement garment that looks timeless too. An oxymoron but not entirely impossible.

I don't particularly enjoy shopping for clothes. I'd rather eat than shop which is why I adore online shopping despite its pitfalls because I can shop AND eat while my fingers do the work. I have no idea what to call my style these days. I guess the words - practical, sporty, tomboy and comfortable should fit the description rather well.

Has your style evolved over the years?





11 comments:

  1. For me I would say still evolving :) Love the black and red with the matching doors

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  2. OH MY GOD that sounds like it took FOREVER! I really need to go back and do that but um... too much effort? Good on you though! I am not looking forward to the day I update my own layout..

    I love that your style has become so much more defined - you always look good no matter what (and I'm guessing you aren't even trying most of the time - lucky you!). Mine has definitely changed a lot over the last few years - less fussy, a bit more grown up and streamlined.. I suppose!

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    1. It took absolutely forever! Aww...thank you, Jamie-Lee. I've always liked your style. It's simple but very chic. I think downsizing my wardrobe has had a positive effect. I can get dressed so quickly now.

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  3. What a great location for the photo! Perfectly coordinated!

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  4. I love this picture - and I love your style. You've definitely inspired me to be more considered in my purchases and to try to invest rather than buy all round me. Hey, if it makes you look that good - I want to do it too! Ax

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    1. Thank you, Avri! When you've got a small place like mine, storage is always a problem. And I hate clutter.

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  5. Hi Marlene, It's been long and I had to post a quick "hello " after seeing this pic of you! Of course, my style evolved as yours did over the years and I do think we are alike in many ways...I am so picky about my clothes and I love the idea of you preferring to eat than shop for clothes...you are an inspiration, after 4 years, I do not tire of reading and laughing at your posts...I am still a fervent IM fan though I have stopped buying her itchy sweaters and pants that are too low cut (ahem, at my age, I think I need a better cut i.e more comfortable!). Hugs from Freida ;)

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    1. Hi Freida!! *waving madly*

      Funnily enough, I thought of you and Kayin when I got on the plane. I knew I didn't have time but both of you popped into my mind. Ack, yes. I tried on a pair of IM pants......if my goal was to flash my crotch to the world, I would've gladly bought them. Let me know when you're coming to London. I still hope the 3 of us can actually sit down and have a meal together someday.

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  6. My style has got much more conservative than it used to be, but that's a combo of moving out of London and ageing!

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