Brain drain


a new item usually wins its place in my imagination and closet because i find it compelling and at least for some period, i get a bit fixated on it, the rare accessory even more so. a purse, shoe, ring, bracelet, necklace can become distracting eye candy for me, even if it's my own. clothing always wins my approval by inspiring zero self-consciousness (the result of physical and mental compatibility), but i make an exception for the small things (and only seem to wear those items when i can afford to enjoy them and don't have bigger things to focus on).

do your clothes drive you to distraction, or are your choices pieces that don't attract your own attention?

8 comments:

GenX Theorist said...

Great question, Editor. I've just been going through something like this in trying to edit myself more severely in my shopping choices. Often I find that the edits taper me down to choices that are so blended in with my 'self' that what I look for are actually subtle variations on a theme (slacks, pencil skirts, coats, button downs, mod 30s vibe). I've started to see that initial wow! eye candy! reaction as a sign to wait and calm down before buying.

But I love the distraction of something so fabulous for it's pure gorgeousness that it's outside of functioning wardrob-ism. Like....the Diorette rings you just turned me onto....sigh....

Candid Cool said...

I do like bold interesting accessories. I like bright red bags and rings that twinkle in the light.
-h

editor said...

genx theorist - despite your disciplined style, the dior baubles are just the kind of extravagance that looks right against a restrained platform. yum!

candid cool - i think i'm now married to a future legacy of red purses. i got one a few months back and my fate is sealed.

Anonymous said...

I nearly walk into telephone polls sometimes, admiring a new favorite purchase. But I don't really know if my things would attract the attention of someone less infatuated.

Autumn said...

I have only 1 piece, a light jacket, that "fits" me this well. I've spent years and a shameful amount of money trying to find pants, sweaters, tops, and bags that suit me perfectly, but with no success (I had this in a handbag a few years ago, but couldn't afford to keep it. I regret that very much). Finally, I've begun to realize that I don't know my own style well enough to find these items; the uniform I currently wear is based on invisibility/blending in with the crowd, and it has over the past decade started to become uncomfortable. My dilemma now is how to discover my style preferences so that I can begin again with less trial and error. Any suggestions?

editor said...

autumn - truthfully, the best advice i could give you, without knowing you, would be to start at the beginning of this blog, figure out your own answers to the questions i pose, and when an "inspiration" post comes up, think about your own, who or what inspires you. i think/hope that type of exercise would lead you closer to identifying what you like/love about fashion and where your own style might take you. i think this would be more helpful than choosing from some pert list of "preppy, cool, hippie" etc. as that is just about fitting into a category and not necessarily figuring out what style will come from you.

TravelGretta said...

...sorry, what was the question? I was gazing at my shoes...

editor said...

^^lol