Ahhhh, High Summer... one of two times each year when I am sick of everything in my closet, feel exhausted from shopping (I am looking at you, Back To School), and retreat into my cool, dark closet to re-org and (majorly) overthink my wardrobe (see also, "The 17th month of Winter" aka "February").
challenge. I didn't post much because halfway through I felt like I
didn't recognize the person in the photos. I went through the photos and found myself asking, "What does this outfit say about this person
(me)?" and, "What is the VIBE of this outfit?" - A-HA! "VIBE"!! What (I
think) is tripping me up is not the lack of a particular trend or piece,
it is the fact my looks give off the wrong vibe.
that really mean? Do I possess the personality traits that could be Refined Californian?? Who am I? In my personal life I am fun, nerdy/dorky, and extremely laid-back. In my professional life, I am an industry expert, tough, experienced, and often the only female on a project with many men. OK. What exactly IS Refined Californian? To me, it's breezy/beachy, edgy, adventurous, and refined. Do my outfits LOOK breezy, edgy, adventurous, or refined? Do *I* come across as confident and knowledgable?
I struggled to find ANY OF those words when describing the vibe of my July outfits. Since those descriptors can come across visually in SO many ways (e.g., is it beachy or boho? What's the difference?), I decided to come up with a persona/avatar/theme/vibe for three broad capsules:
- dressy occasions
- cold weather
- warm weather
My three Personas and their vibes are:
The Posh Sophisticate - for dressy occasions and business meetings. -Influenced by Victoria Beckham, Amal Clooney, Grece Ghanem.
-Influenced by Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, and Steven
The Refined Boho Rocker has a California coast vibe: part surfer girl,
part hippy, part rock n' roll. She is laid-back, approachable, and fun -
think: sunset dining al fresco with your favorite foods, good tunes,
and cold drinks.
- Influenced by Sara Jessica Parker, Alexa Chung, and Indiana Jones.
The Trailblazing Urban Adventurer has a "London-bound New Yorker-on-safari" vibe. I am sure that isn't a thing, but it makes sense in my brain. Utilitarian, earthy, with an occasional splash of preppy, and often with a great jacket. She is a mom on a mission doing All The Things. She is ready for anything the jungle (urban or otherwise) throws her way.
Breezy: flowy silhouettes (midi skirts and flare jeans), organic patterns,
loose waves (hair), stone jewelry, dusters, nubby textures, open weaves, Birks, delicate layered chains and bracelets (colors: ivory, blush, daffodil, grass green)
sheen/shine/sparkle, red lips (colors: jewel tones, navy)
ETA : I added a few inspiration photos in comments. I think I see some cohesion across them, or am I crazy?
Thank you if you read this far!