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Style Concept

I've been blogging for 6 years, at times more regularly than now. When I started I posted lots of outfit photos, as that was what my blog was about mostly - a sort of fashion diary. I used to spend an afternoon every few weeks just creating outfits with my clothes, trying out things, and if I liked them I'd take a picture. Basically a styling exercise. The act of taking a picture helped me remember an outfit, and posting it to my blog enabled me to quickly search through the outfit tag whenever I didn't know what to wear.

After a few years of blogging, at the end of 2011, I became a little obsessed with the idea of a wardrobe planning computer program or app, but back then none existed. I wanted to have a way to scan through my wardrobe while I was shopping, to make sure I didn't buy things that don't work with anything. So I made a private tumblr, uploaded pictures of my clothes and tagged them, so I could search by color, style, season etc. I got some use out of that, but I soon lost motivation to photograph and upload every single thing I owned.

When I started blogging in 2009, during my exchange year in the states, my style was a bit "unfocused" I think. I just wore stuff I liked, things that made me feel a certain way, but I didn't really think much about "outfit building", which isn't surprising, as I was just 17. Only through documenting what I wore and writing about it on a blog (a very small one) did I become more aware of what kind of feeling I wanted my clothes to evoke in me. I started wearing dresses, lots of them! I fell in love with vintage fashion, and because I'd see vintage clothes (and new ones too) on other blogs that I could never own (one of a kind or way too expensive), I started sewing.

Sewing vintage inspired clothes (mostly late 50s and early 60s, Mad Men era I guess :)) taught me so much about sewing and fashion (like how fit is important! And that certain store bought clothes don't fit right on my short-waisted torso). I loved the dress-up aspect of it and learning about fashion history, I liked that the clothes made me feel feminine and grown-up, but in an elegant way and not super sexualized. I guess from the age of 18 to 21 that was what I wanted from my clothes, that's how I wanted to feel and be perceived. Of course I also wore "normal" modern clothes, I wasn't at all super strict about always dressing vintage. I wore lots of jeans and tank tops, but the outfits I carefully picked out and loved the most all had a vintage vibe to them I think.

But most of the dresses I sewed during that time are not very comfortable, as they all had tight waists. I suffer from chronic back pain, and many of the dresses would make the pain worse. I also stopped wearing high heels regularly, because they too worsened the pain.

In 2013, a few months before my 22nd birthday I finally got my hair dyed white, after thinking about it for about 2 years. This changed a lot for me, fashion wise! I went from having dark brown hair to this very flashy haircolor (white, light blonde, pastel pink and purple), and suddenly many colors in my wardrobe just didn't work on me anymore. I think this started my "style transition". Shortly after that I went through a break-up, sold or got rid of many of my clothes and a few months later I went from working at a jewelry store to studying an art foundation course, where practicality became important (I didn't want my dresses to get dirty). So basically a whole lot changed for me.

During the entire art foundation course I felt kind of lost fashion wise. I was suffering from "I have a closet and many boxes full of clothes and nothing to wear" - luxury problem I know. I started sewing things that were very different from the vintage style dresses I used to make (like the Armor Jacket). I stopped documenting my outfits (well, really that started in late 2012), mostly because I didn't think they were that special. I introduced new things into my wardrobe, like black (I rarely wore black when I had dark hair), leggings, crop tops, jersey and other modern fabrics, and in general more casual, modern items. I still loved vintage fashion, but I didn't necessarily want to dress like that all the time anymore, and it started to feel like a costume, something I hadn't felt until then.

My old clothes also felt too "nice". I had started to become more secure myself, and more vocal about how I wanted and didn't want to be treated by others. I wanted to be taken seriously, something I have always wanted, but I suddenly felt like my clothes were holding me back from that, they felt too "pretty", too cutesy and too harmless. That was not how I wanted to feel about myself, I wanted to channel a different kind of energy or attitude through my clothes. I still like cute, and happy and pretty, I just needed a different "dosage" of those things.

Well, I finally went about rethinking how I want to dress. I loosely followed tips from Into Mind, a blog about wardrobe building, to create a "style concept". She has a ton of articles, and reading through them really motivated me to do this. It is work, in a way, it takes time but it was so worth it. I think my concept is self explanatory, if you want to make one of these for yourself, definitely check out Into Mind! It's basically collecting inspiration and then culling every unnecessary image and organizing/analyzing the rest.

Most of the "basic pieces" are things I own and love to wear. I think there's still a lot of vintage influence in there, but it's split up, it might be just a silhouette or a color combination or material. I think I've also shifted more towards the late 60s early 70s for inspiration, and I'm pretty sure Megan Draper has a lot to do with that :)

I've already sewn an elastic harness (to hold my phone while I work, because I often have no pockets), and I plan on experimenting with making jewerly. I've also finally found a wardrobe app for my iPhone that I love! I might post about it soon. I've just finished my first semesterproject, so I have time to update the blog a bit and share stuff from school (like a bag/backpack I made!).

Posted on January 26, 2015 and filed under outfits, process.

Outfit: Ikat, Shorts and Lace

I had planned on posting a pillow tutorial today, but my camera's batteries are dead, and the charger is at the office, and I am not :) So instead I have an outfit I styled and photographed a few weeks ago with the Ikat Murmur Bustier.

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I love wearing shorts in the summer (the ones in the photo are from American Apparel), but pairing it with a bustier top can be a little, well, exposing. I got this lace cardigan/bolero thing at H&M a few years ago, and it is really practical for summer! It doesn't really keep you warm, so I don't wear it the rest of the year, but it's great for covering up without getting to warm.

Posted on March 11, 2013 and filed under outfits.

Outfit: Mint & Red

After posting about this color combination last week, I went through my wardrobe to see what I could pull together (that was also warm enough to wear in this freezing weath

 sweater from h&m, thrifted blouse, skirt from american apparel (plus I wore tights when I wore this to work...)

sweater from h&m, thrifted blouse, skirt from american apparel (plus I wore tights when I wore this to work...)

You can't see it in these pictures unfortunately, but the collar has embroidered tips! I got it for 1 swiss franc at the thrift store, and I've been wanting to make it smaller since I got it 1.5 years ago. I took the sleeves off a while ago, and then came across it again while frantically looking for something to wear, and without the sleeves it fits under a sweater perfectly! I still plan on making the blouse smaller someday. The skirt I got at american apparel a while ago, but I don't wear it often cause it's so tight, but with a sweater over it like this I feel comfortable.

This winter this kind of outfit has been like a uniform for me, except I usually wear jeans with it, but I keep going for the blouse and sweater combo. Along with my long black winter coat (that's more like a cloak) it reminds me of school uniforms. Maybe it's because I listened through all of the Harry Potter audiobooks this fall, haha. :)

Posted on February 27, 2013 and filed under outfits.

The first sample!

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I've finally finished a sample! I suffered a setback about a week ago, when I realized I can't find the patterns to the skirt and bodice I've drafted. I've looked everywhere. Seriously. I even thought I might have put it in my portfolio by accident and went to the school I'm applying to to look through it - nothing. I don't know where they could've gone, maybe they'll appear again, but I can't wait for that to happen. Luckily I have the muslins, so I'll have to take those appart and trace the pattern from them. Then I can continue making the other patterns!

But back to the sample: it's a cropped bustier for the Gossamer collection, and will be made in Shantung. But I made it in this cotton ikat fabric because it's less fussy and I wanted to really test the fit first. I really like this fabric though! I plan to make a bustier for the Retro Classics collection as well (* I haven't seriously started on this collection yet, but I plan to sell some of the designs I've sewn in the past and new ones too, all inspired by classic silhouettes of decades past with a modern twist), and I think I might use this pattern and fabric for it, if it proves comfortable.

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I've been a little obsessed with the perfect bustier top for years, I think it all started in 2009 when I got a lace longline bra at urban outfitters with a front hook & eye closure and wore it as a top over bandeau bras.

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This post is also my first outfit post on murmur, and the first in a while for me! I guess this isn't really a thought through, perfectly accessorized outfit, but it's definitely something I will wear in summer, a time when I don't like having any not absolutely neccessary stuff on my arms or around my neck - like jewelry - because I'm a little sensitive to heat (in other words I'm a hot whiny dizzy mess). I think the bustier is perfect for those hot days when I'm like "why do I have to wear clothing? Oh yeah, civilization... whatevs".

The skirt is from last summer, I got it at Zara and it really got me into wearing white! Somehow I didn't really have anything white until then. The blouse I got on sale at Topshop when we were in Dubai for New Years. The fabric is very thin, perfect for adding a bit of "modesty" without subjecting myself to death by heat (seriously I'm so whiny! Summer in Switzerland is over in about 2 minutes and the temperatures rarely go much over 32Β° C / 90Β° F and the humidity is no where near as bad as New York.)

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Posted on February 19, 2013 and filed under creating the collection, outfits.