Sunday, December 30, 2012

A Year in Outfits: 2012

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This year was a little less exciting in terms of outfits than last year.  A big part of it is that the clothing buying has gone way down - for example, the last thing item of clothing I bought was... uh... a $30 thrifted dress that needs repairing, two months ago?

The reason for buying less has been twofold: first, I'm starting to change aesthetics again.  School has made me a lot more comfortable in my body and a lot more aware of what works for my figure, and as a result, I'm starting to gravitate towards more fitted silhouettes again.  I still love slouchy, draped garments, but I've started to enjoy combining them with tailored pieces to maintain more of a balance of the two.

Second, I'm itching to make more of my own garments, because I love how much control I have over the fit.  So, in preparation, I have been more interested in stashing away fabric like a squirrel stashing nuts for the winter.

(Like I needed another hobby where "stashing" is a thing.)

And well, I definitely know the other reasons my outfits have been less exciting this year: I wear a lot fewer interesting clothes on a daily basis.  I'm hoping that this is just part of the natural ebb and flow of sartorial inspiration, and that the creativity I usually expend on dressing is instead focused on patternwork and seam treatments, because right now all I want to wear is skinny jeans and oversized cashmere sweaters.

So, in summary, my fashion brain is growing and changing, and I haven't figured out what to do with it yet.  I'm both excited and terrified by what the next few months will bring.  I doubt that I'll be able to post outfit photos again for a while, but it is really cool to look back and see what I wore this last year.

So onward: to uncharted territory.  With any luck, my garments will be all over the photos in the Year in Outfits post this time next year.

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