There are many variables in sewing and knitting, but one constant that we’re expected to know and understand is our own sense of style.
I’m a skinny jeans girl – I’d never wear boyfriend jeans.
Red is my colour, but I can’t wear green.
I like my skirts to be on the knee, never below, never above.
I only wear vintage.
The trouble is, my sense of style tends to bob around on a changing tide of whim and whimsy. One week I want to wear skirts; the next I can’t drag myself out of jeans. I have a passionate affair with gathered skirts, then re-discover the flattering qualities of a pencil skirt. I reject a make, deciding I don’t like it any more, then months later remember how awesome it is. I see a pretty picture in another person’s blog post, and I want to be that person – in those clothes – NOW. And sometimes, yes sometimes, I’m a sucker for a trend. (See my animal print makes.)
Here’s the thing, though. I think there should be some fluidity. To swear that I will only ever more wear camel, grey, and navy? Isn’t that called a uniform? I’m not the same person now that I was at 16 and I won’t be the same person at 60. God knows what I’ll be wearing then! (No, seriously. I dread to think.)
I’ve seen my tastes expand massively since I started sewing. I’m so glad to have got past my horror of navy (school uniform). It’s liberating to experiment with a print that’s £2 a metre off the market, when I know I wouldn’t pay £25 for it on a top in a shop. I think my understanding of colour has really increased. I’m excited to think where my tastes will be in five years’ time!
Know your sense of style, or know which style you’ll try? I’d love to hear your thoughts!