Thursday, June 28, 2012

color pattern texture shine:What not to wear mantra!

On the show 'What Not to Wear'  Stacy and Clinton often make this statement: color, pattern, texture, and shine are the elements of an interesting outfit.  So I'm going to give it a try. Keeping with my style theme of Flamboyant Natural I am wearing my cargo shorts, sleeveless tank top with top stitching in a wine color, I am wearing wine colored sandals and a scarf with this color in the print. The ends of the scarf have metal 'coins' sewn on the bottom. The earring are a little group of nuggets in the wine family. My bracelets are tiger's eye and another thinner resin one that looks like wood. So I have color-top and shoes, pattern -scarf, texture-earrings and scarf, shine- coins on scarf and jewelery.  Do you consider these elements when you decide on the elements of your outfits??

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Being true to my style:Flambouyant Natural

I love style archetypes. I think they are fun to read about and fun to try and analyze yourself with their parameters. I saw this book Metamorphosis: Discover Your Image Identity and Dazzle as Only you Can by David  Kibbee written in 1987 as one of the more thorough presentations on the subject. It talks about Yin/Yang physical properties and is quite heady. I decided from digesting his information that I was a 'Flamboyant Natural'.  There is a website that discusses his concepts in more detail at:

I also liked a group of clothing that I found over at the Vivienne Files that were a perfect collect of these types of looks. I love khaki green, I love cargo types of pants, I love the artsy vest, cardigan sweaters, knit jackets etc but very casual.
I also liked these summer looks that I found on 'Cabi Canary' on what to wear with cut off jeans or cargo shorts.
So I tried to recreate these looks for myself. I was trying to do the loose blouse look over cut off jeans but am disappointed by how BAD my jeans look because they are so rumpled...UGH.
In the next photo I was copying the cargo shorts with the drapey summer weight vest. The greens match fairly well and I think this is a better attempt at my new style. Do you have a style type that defines you? How did you figure yourself out?

Sunday, June 24, 2012

The dirty wardrobe:what to wear when you are going to get dirty?

Every year I need to re evaluate what I wear. Last year was the year I got a professional color analysis and a professional bra analysis. Money well spent.
This year I am going to analyze my wardrobe according to NEED not WANT.
I have come up with a list of my usual activities and sorted them into two groups:dirty not dirty. I need to realize that some of my activities make me sweat and get grubby while other activities I carry out don't. 
Here are the list of dirty activities: indoor cleaning, outdoor lawn care, dog grooming, dog walking, exercising at gym or riding bicycle.
Normally I wear grubby T shirts and beat up shorts to do the dirty activities and invariably I will jump into the car to go to the grocery store without changing first. Guess who I always run into at the grocery store when I do this of course people I know. So I want to create a "dirty activity wardrobe" that I won't be embarrassed to be seen in at the grocery store.
So my question is what do you wear to sweat in??
Are exercise clothes practical enough to do grubby work around the house?  I noticed that yoga pants etc are not inexpensive but because of their 'wicking' properties may be more practical, what do you all wear to sweat in? I noticed that Angie of 'You Look Fab' just calls this type of clothing 'gear'. She states that you should never wear your gear except at home or in the gym. Is it realistic to be fashionable when you are sweating???