My Style: 10 years forward
Hi friends! I hope that you have all been well and I wanted to thank you for the kind wishes here on the blog and on social media after my last post, which was a very personal one; I’m so glad it resonated with you.
November has come and gone now and it’s been such a busy month for me, culminating in the Bloggers Workshop I organised at the gorgeous citizenM Bankside hotel last Saturday for over 50 bloggers and which was a great success. If you’re curious, just take a peek at the hashtag #NNworkshop on Twitter and Instagram.
Now, I don’t know if you’re like me but something that tends to happen every year on my birthday month is that I am flooded with some sort of nostalgia about memories from my past and I get the itch to revisit them, because I don’t want to remember things through rose-colored glasses, I want to remember them as they were.
So every year, I put the kettle on, prepare a foamy cup of chai tea and start foraging in my closet for the shoe boxes I hid in there, all the way to the back. The boxes keep safe my former diaries, photographs and all sorts of knick-knacks from gig tickets to maps, letters from friends, objects lost and found. It’s a bit of a mess but it’s also a treasure chest and I love taking the time to go through them and reminisce, it always puts a smile on my face.
So today, I thought that I could share a style post inspired by this and introduce you to the girl I was at 18? Maybe we can assess together whether things have changed, ten years in the future.
Ok so, maybe I’m cheating a little because the pieces I’m featuring are currently available online and they do have a modern look, but I’m also true to the spirit of the things you could find in my closet circa 2004 as I was finishing high school and heading out to university in Avignon.
Red, black and white were my favourite colours and I was definitely a bit of a rock chick. My style was feminine with an edge and I started a very decent collection of brogues.
I loved leather, layering and playing with transparency, bold handmade jewellery and any pieces that were delicately illustrated like the shirt and tote bag above. From the first time ever I had money after a summer job, it was my body that I wanted illustrated (did you know I was tattooed?) and I loved getting under the needle. I have an ace of spades on my right ankle and thirteen small birds on my left inner arm.
Now, let’s catch up with 2014.
Well it would seem at 28, the brogues and illustrated theme are still going strong.
I don’t layer nearly as much as I did before because I’m embracing being tall and I’ve developed a deep love for colour, mixed and patterned fabrics. I may have a tendency to over-accessorise but I usually catch myself before I go through the door unless you know, it looks good and I need a conversation starter.
I guess my problem now, and one that is glaring at me in the moodboard above, is that I’m often buying very original pieces and I have trouble pairing them down with more casual items to go to work or make a dash for the bakery. Somehow, it’s the monochrome pieces I had in abundance at 18 which are the big absentees.
On the other hand, my jewellery box is overflowing, since I still love original handmade jewellery, except now I can actually afford it, and Etsy has become my very best, very unforgiving friend. I pin all the things here, if you’re interested.
Now tell me: How about you? How did you use to dress at 18 years old and has your style changed?
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