Can you tell what's missing here? Let me give you a hint....they make a lot of noise. You guessed it!
BELLS & WHISTLES!
This week, we got Netflix streaming and so we basically have a video store at the touch of a Wii control! I've been watching SCORES of Mad Men episodes! I'd never seen it before and I'm not going to be shy about saying, "I'M HOOKED!!!!" Of course my favorite character is Joan Holloway. I just love the clean lines and the attention to fit.
When I put this on, I thought to myself that there was nothing really "special" about this outfit. There's nothing unique about how it was put together. No reinventing the wheel here. But that's part of the beauty of it! When the fit and quality is there, let the clothes speak for themselves.
The other part of the beauty of it, is the price. I don't think there's $15 in this entire outfit! I fished the skirt and top out of my favorite thrifting pond. All the labels had been cut out of it, so I have no idea of the brand or size. I'm sure there's a message in that somewhere! I eyeballed it, tried it on, and fell in love with the fit.
"Both Sides were against me since the day I was born" follow-up
Apparently, when sleep fails, inspiration flourishes! That's been my experience and apparently, I'm not alone. According to Terri (Rags Against the Machine), "I often compose outfits in my mind as I try to sleep, but sometimes I have to get up and check--not dress, but pair the items together. I can never truly know until I've got it on." and Joy (Southern Comfort) was right there with her and also mentally redecorates as she tries to fall off to sleep! "I lay in bed thinking about outfit combinations. It helps me relax. (I also reimagine the living rooms in my friend's houses! LOL)" And for Kat (A second glance), ideas come to her in her dreams! "Believe it or not some outfits have come to me in dreams. (Although sometimes they involve really cool stuff that I don't even own).
Gracey (Fashion for Giants) prefers a more cerebral approach. Says Gracey, "As for me, when I think of outfits, I actually write them down and then try to make them happen at some point." And then there's the creative approach that allows the clothes to speak to you! I LOVE THIS! Judith (The Style Crone) said, "I usually start with the hat and then whatever memory or my gaze provides." There's so much value in letting the clothes texture and colors guide you. And Bella (The Citizen Rosebud), continues with this abstract approach by starting with a single piece. "My style is usually impulsive. A piece will trigger the ensemble. Everything put together once only, and with a stream of consciousness logic to it.
Thanks for sharing your creative process with me and your fellow bloggers! It's inspiring and is motivating me to allow myself to be inspired outside of my box!
Guess what tomorrow is? Visible Monday!!! The indomitable Patti of Not Dead Yet Style invites all of us over 40ers to make ourselves very visible on Monday and then show it off on her blog and check out our un-invisible friends! Go take a look!