If the shoe fits
it is common to be inspired by an individual, and to hold that person's style as a yardstick for a desired aesthetic, but while i find people endlessly interesting, as a measure for staying on course for myself i am more inclined to hold up particular items of clothing as a censor/guide. while i haven't owned a pair in years and years and years, there are a number of characteristics attributable to the doc marten that i persistently relate to - you have to break them in to really own them, they get much better with age, they are durable, they are no-nonsense, they are stable and in turn stabilize you, visually they create a firm foundation from which i prefer to pick up volume (i don't do "tapered"). they, or their relatives have been featured on runways off and on, and seeing them immediately makes the clothing more accessible to me, but i can just as easily consider pairing them in my own mind, even if i don't do it in my closet. i don't always do it, i don't even do it frequently, but it is a good sign - if i can see it with docs, i can see it on me.
are there any objects, clothing or otherwise, that inspire and inform your style? do you have a material muse?