How do I look
I did this exercise a few years ago when I took a class about writing for fashion; it summarise how my dress sense has evolved from something very formal to a free spirit. For years, I was dreaming about being the power girl and look the part, with smart, well-tailored suits, in a way very formal. My aim was to be a real business woman, climbing the career ladder. My illusions were rather crushed by reality, going back to work at the bottom of the scale after a family career break. My wage would only match the budget for a suit at Next. Increasing my wage by moving from one company to another also meant that I was now able to afford trousers by Joseph, but still short of buying the whole suit. I got my lucky break (or so I thought) hired by a publishing company specialising in online information, with a salary in line with the power to dress up, actually look at the price tag at the Hugo Boss stand at Selfridges and trying the clothes on. I felt the part visiting clients within my new suit. Somehow feeling empowered by my clothes did not match the job expectation, the pressure to achieve sales was hard to handle, and I started to feel completely at odds in my formal clothes, was this me? I decided it was time for a change. The power suits were left hanging in the wardrobe, out went the jeans, the cashmere jumper; I somehow needed to go back to basics. Moving out of a corporate environment to a more creative world, becoming my own boss, I somehow regained control of who I was. A style of an eclectic mix of boho chic dresses from Boho City, combined with leather jackets, I developed a real love affair with shoes and fell for Chie Mihara’s unusual designs. I am no longer in awe when I walk through the Karen Millen shop, feel more attracted by the casual chic at the Banana Republic or Anthropologie. When I open my wardrobe and see my old suits I can’t believe this was me, this is not the person I want to be; it was time to sell them on Ebay. I would love to hear about how you found your style?
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