In Una's thread about oversized fits, one of her responses jumped out at me:
Honestly, I wonder how differently this would come across if you didn't all "know" me...When something is so "you", does it show to others?
I think we've touched on this topic before, but I wondered if you all have any thoughts or observations. It seems to me that when we wear certain items or outfits that make us feel great, we inhabit them so seamlessly and effortlessly that our comfort (physical but mostly emotional) just shines through. It's no coincidence that we usually hear the most compliments on a day when we're wearing something that makes us feel fab.
I find it remarkable that even people who don't know us well can pick up on how something can be so "you." Last spring, I had met a woman at a photography workshop literally 24 hours before she proclaimed that my cobalt blue leather moto jacket was so "me." And darn if she isn't absolutely right. If someone told me to go to my closet and pull out five garments that are so "me" that would be one of them.
It seems to me that this magical "so you" trait usually lies in a combination of factors. In the case of Una's oversized shirtdress, conventional flattery isn't really at play, but it's probably a piece of the puzzle in my jacket (very good color on me, plus the fitted nature and shoulder emphasis bring out the best in my shape). Personality surely plays a part, and the way a garment or shape complements the wearer's shape is also important (which doesn't necessarily mean that it *shows* the wearer's shape).
Over to you. Has any stranger (or near-stranger) ever correctly assessed something as "so you"? How do you think they could tell? Is this idea of a look being "so you" important to you?