Friday, August 17, 2007

The Other You


I imagine when you're shopping you are drawn to certain styles... I'm talking about fashion mainly. You may prefer tailored, trendy, high fashion, casual, exotic, classy, etc... but whatever you call it, you probably have a definitive style.

But are you ever repeatedly drawn to another style... one you know just isn't you. You know what I mean. It's the style you bought when you were out shopping one day and decided to just give into that one item... maybe if you're conservative, it's a sparkly gauze gypsy style top or a trendy tight tee with pirate skulls on it... that you are just sure is going to spice up your wardrobe. You know, it's the one item that hangs in your closet repeatedly rejected as you feel you are never quite able to pull it off.


For me it's always the casual layered look. Maybe a cute little skirt with a casual tee and some beads and hip sandals. I like the look that says... I just grabbed this out of my closet... and oops maybe the t-shirt doesn't match perfectly but don't I look positively pulled together? I even have a variety of skirts of varying lengths in my closet as evidence of this appeal.. but the problem is... I never wear skirts and I just feel frumpy when I go for the look I love on others. I would love to wear a flirty little sundress with a handknit shrug... but I won't. I know it's all in my head... simply a matter of self perception... but I'm just a jeans and t-shirt kinda gal. I like cotton... refuse to iron (this alone rules out a variety of wardrobe choices)... and feel way too girly in flirty little skirts and dresses. Silly I know. But I bet at least some of you know what I mean.

Anyway, take a look at the gal with the lacy socks from Lace Style pictured above. I cast on for those socks today on a whim... the Regia Silk is very pleasant to knit with and I like the pattern... but, really, what am I going to do with cute little lacy socks? I'd like to picture myself wearing a cute little sundress or even the casual white skirt that's tucked in my closet, with a relaxed light blue tee and these socks... with... what? Some little flats I suppose.

But see... here's me. Even with a good shaving of the legs, I'm not going to pull of the look. I'm just a no frills gal. I mean are accessories really necessary? So maybe the socks will get a chance with one of my pairs of pocketed capris and a tee and... sneakers? Oy.

Maybe this is why I have all boys... 'cause I'm going to feel totally comfortable sporting these with my levi's to the football games this fall. Yes, I admit it.. I'm a fashion disaster. But I guess it works for me.






What's hiding in your closet?



11 comments:

Charity said...

I have this sexy little black dress in my closet I can't imagine ever actually wearing. :0) But it's sooo nice.

I wear my lacy little socks with jeans.

Angelika said...

Oh, you so read my mind. I had the same socks picked out and I can only second every word you said. If I wouldn't know for sure you are on the other end of the country I could swear I saw you in my neighborhood the other day. Odd, don't you think?

sophanne said...

Lately I've taken to wearing the things that are my favorite and feeling like I'm pulling something off even when I'm not. As a music teacher in a casual/conservative/rural school, I can pull off whatever I feel like and just "play the eccentric." I know I've hit the jackpot if I see a 5th grader sporting the same look!

sophanne said...

and for the record- it is all self-imposed image- at first glance I thought the two pictures were the same person. It's all in who you really want to be which is kind of cool-

Lydee said...

Hilarious! Love the pic comparison! Yes, I have those fashion dreams too!

Becca said...

The photo comparison is too funny! I always have to ask myself if I really want to knit what is shown in a photo, or do I just want the image the whole thing is giving? I really liked this one sweater I saw, or I thought I did. Then I decided I just liked the model's collar bones and thought maybe mine would look like that if I knitted the sweater.

Scientists really ought to look into this yarn twin thing. It's getting spooky. Just the weekend I bought what looks to be the exact same color of Regia Silk.

Lydee said...

Too funny Sophanne. I've debated wearing the strapless fashion top I made to school (with a jacket), thinking the eccentric music teacher image would make it work. I wore it with jeans in NY. But then I figured it wouldn't fly with principal! Or anybody for that matter, only hubbie!

uberstrickenfrau said...

I'm not a dress or a skirt person either. I tried that layered skinny( read tight) t-shirt thing I see the young girls wearing and when I had it on ,it occured to me, the reason they look good in this is cause they have no 'porch',in Yarnhogs words,and I look like a middle aged frau tring to look seventeen. bleh. Back to roomy shirts for me.

Michelle said...

I totally understand the "no ironing part". Summertime drives me nuts 'cause all DH wears is button-down shirts and polos. I have a waist-high pile of shirts permanently piled in the hallway all summer long.

I love skirts too, but if I had to choose between a skirt and not shaving, the skirt never wins.

Tammy said...

So glad I'm not alone! You all make me laugh. Thanks for the encouragement!

I love your perspective Sophanne. Unfortunately being an eccentric homeschooler is no where near as cool as being an eccentric music teacher! lol

Sarah said...

I have some girly things I just don't feel like I can pull off. I actually get grief when I'm all pulled together! Imagine that! I like to play dressup but usually I change before I head out the door, I'm just too chicken.