Family Style

The photo’s above are of my parents; in the left photo, my mother is the woman on the right and on the right photo we have my father. What is interesting to me, is that these photo’s are taken about 10 years apart – my mum in the 1960’s and my father in the 1950’s. Yet despite the difference then and now, I think they both look terribly stylish.

I’ve never been one to own a lot of clothes (everything’s always had to fit in a suitcase after all and I believed in really only owning what you love) but what I do own is always well made, tailored and me. I don’t wear pants which so many people find strange but my style is dresses (simple and easy – I’m terrible with layers!). And I only shop at one store: Anthropologie because the clothing fits my body and suits my taste. I don’t have to worry or think when shopping here. They make it far too easy for me in fact.

But I’ve found that my style has been slowly evolving; I’ve been reading The Satoralist hungrily each day for ideas. I’m in love and inspired by the European way of dressing – minimal, classic, pretty. I started to feel as though my clothes were too theatrical, too young, too much. So I’ve been trying to cut back, get a little more stylish, sleek, classic.

This year has been a time of personal reflection and change with my home, my career and now my dress. What is interesting is I posted how I did not like the way I had furnished my home and wanted change. And just last week I was able to purchase an ottoman I had secretly been in-love with for months. Once home I just stared at it, imaging it in my new flat. Then I was re-reading this blog and I saw a photo that inspired the change and in that photo was an ottoman much like mine – my new visions were starting to come to fruition.

So I’m starting to visualise my new look; pretty sexy chic. And hopefully with the help of some sites, friends and stores, I’ll be seeing that through, too.


  1. May 5, 2007 / 7:14 PM

    I am thinking that your mom and my mom wore the same shoes in the 60’s!! My mom was so stylish (i.e. Jackie O) back then too. I completely understand your fashion “evolution”. I look at the Satorialist all the time too and I wonder why my mornings are so different, that I can’t seem to look as interestingly put together as these people. I realized at one point that I was never happy when I focused on looking like everyone else, but more on what I really liked and then I was more confident in myself. I wish someone would design women’s clothing in sizing varieties like men’s. I think we would like our clothing much better if it fit well and we didn’t have to depend on good tailoring to make it fit. It’s okay to have fun with color too– the Europeans, esp. the French, understand color on themselves much better than we do!

  2. May 7, 2007 / 7:38 PM

    I find lately when I am at Anthropologie I search and search for some of the more simple yet still unique and stylish pieces that Anthro used to have and now I am finding them less and less.
    I love those street pics they used to take, I have one of my mom and grandpa, I love it!

  3. May 9, 2007 / 6:50 AM

    I am the least stylish person I know but I still will watch that Fashion TV channel and I often pop into Colette in Paris to see the latest styles. I have become very much more casual and I like comfort above all. Since I do alot of gardening-can’t be very stylish there-then just hang around at home mostly, I’m not into clothing. I think if I had to get out each day to a job I would care more about what I am wearing but as I only have myself to please-my husband doesn’t seem to notice on the whole-I’ve drifted into no style at all.

  4. May 15, 2007 / 6:45 PM

    i love the sartorialist & anthro too. what lovely photos. ooh la la am loving your blog. will be back for more.

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