Jan 26 Drama

Inge’s post on Fashion Forward inspired me to do a bit of reflection. Add nuancedream and Runcarla’s posts using dramatic metallic pieces in daytime outfits, and something kept niggling at me. A feeling I’d lost something—could it be drama?

I’ve never considered myself a dramatic type, but I certainly yearned for it when I was a teenager. Sophisticated drama, as in a movie star or model’s skinned back bun and black dress. Well, pulling my hair back like a ballerina didn’t do it, and well, all black clothing was forbidden in my high school after some of the girls started a club called Satan’s Darlings. They weren’t wild, just having fun. Besides, I didn’t own a black dress until I was well into my 20s, and by then everyone was wearing one—a little black dress.

I had been looking at Nic+Zoe sale sweaters and the two I was most drawn to were high contrast: bright colors and dramatic. No, I’d pass on them and find something quieter.


So, I googled How to Be a Dramatic Dresser and guess what popped up first?


This one also came up.


This morning I decided to copy the Fashion Forward photo. Wasn’t impressed. Like a normal day at home, I had no makeup on. I wore a barely noticeable necklace. I did wear my J. Crew caramel jacket, worn just a few times since I bought it, a basic N+Z black top, new, white Chico’s jeans, (normally I don’t wear white jeans in winter—not a rule—just what I feel comfortable in. Speaking of comfort, my Taryn Rose booties, which I haven’t worn this year because they aren’t comfortable anymore. Just to add high contrast drama.

Maybe drama isn’t the right word. It’s not that I want to be dramatic, but just to add some to make getting dressed more fun. Gardener Dramatic? Right now I spend a lot of time outdoors.

So for my own February challenge, I’m going to try to increase the drama. Don’t know how or even why. Seems like higher contrast might work, although I don't have high contrast coloring. More like medium. I’ve been experimenting with colors during the pandemic, and have banished gray to be replace by tan and camel.

Despite the daffodils, more rain and cold is coming. This challenge is for fun and to get me through the rest of winter.

My looks today. I need a haircut, maybe today or tomorrow.

##1-3 Inge's post inspirations, I'd add a Chanel bag I guess, and what I will actually wear if I go out. Old Boden wide wale blazer, Sakeroots bag, Ecco shoes.

##4-5 A couple of past looks that are more dramatic, but is this what I want? Another Fabber has this Boden blazer. Hat photo was my walking outfit a few weeks ago.

#6 J Crew blazer as worn in November, wearing makeup

#7 First daffodils bloomed Monday. Seems early, but here they are today.

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