It’s time for another edition of my occasional series where I talk about has been inspiring me lately and hopefully, you’ll be inspired too. I always love putting these posts together because of how it gets my creativity going and I always enjoy a good browse on Pinterest for style ideas. So why don’t I cut to the chase and show you 5 things inspiring me now part 7:
ONE: Style And Body Typing
Since writing last weeks blog post where I spoke of how I felt wrong in the style of skirt I’d made, I wanted to delve more deeply and analyse why I felt ‘off’.
I ended up going down a huge internet ‘rabbit hole’ (which was great fun actually!) and I spent hours on Youtube. I became fascinated by the idea of body typing and more specifically the Kibbe Method.
I don’t know if you’re familiar with it already, but back in the late ‘80s, David Kibbe wrote a book called Metamorphosis which was about a body typing system based on the Yin and Yang (feminine and masculine) characteristics of the structure of our bodies. It follows the idea of working with our own unique bodies, complimenting our personal shapes and lines. In that respect, it’s actually a very body-positive way of working with what we’ve got and not trying to change and manipulate ourselves into an idealised image. This blog post on The Concept Wardrobe explains it really well
So there are 13 body types in all and there is a comprehensive test that you can go through to determine the one that is most representative of your own body type. The test is not easy and to be honest you may need some help with a relative or friend to give their input. I found it tricky to be objective about myself and I actually ended up taking the test 3 or 4 times! I mostly got the same answers each time but I had to go over just a few questions again and again until I was sure I was giving the right answer about myself. There is a post on The Concept Wardrobe with the test. And also this video by Aly Art on Youtube
Once you determine what type you are it explains how you can harmonise your clothing with your natural body lines. The whole idea is that you don’t have suddenly start dressing differently, on the contrary…if you like to wear Goth clothes, then carry on wearing them, but you can choose to work within that Kibbe style framework.
By wearing the lines, shapes and overall silhouettes of clothes that work with and not against your body shape. It then makes for a cohesive personal style.
So you’re dying to know what my result was, aren’t you? Basically, many of my answers came out as Classic, in other words, a blend of Yin and Yang. I had a few more answers that pointed towards some Yang characteristics…namely, my prominent nose, smallish lips, square and rather bony shoulders, and a straight, not very defined waist. Basically, that means my final result is Dramatic Classic (Classic with a side of Yang 🙂 ).
It’s funny but when I read about the lines and shapes that harmonise with a Dramatic Classic body type it all seemed very familiar and somehow ‘right’, especially the bit about clean lines, sharp shoulder lines, subtle waist definition, tailoring, working with long vertical lines, a little asymmetry and….keeping the width narrow at my hemline…no wonder I always feel ‘off’ in wide skirts!
Funnily enough, many of my clothes already align with the guidelines for Dramatic Classic, but for those items in my wardrobe that never felt quite right, I now understand a bit more about why that might be. I find it really fascinating and I’ll carry on honing my style as I add more memade pieces.
Meanwhile here are a few inspiration images that I’ve been adding to a personal Pinterest board
TWO: Long Coats
I’m really inspired by the idea of a long straight or slim-fitting coat. Again, moving on from last weeks post and after chatting in the comments of that post I came to the conclusion that I could really do with a long coat to wear over skirts in Winter, as I find shorter coat proportions tricky with skirts. And funnily enough, it turns out that a long slim coat is probably something a Dramatic Classic might wear, plus they’re actually really on-trend right now so finding Pinterest inspirations was easy. I adore thesetwo green coats!
(PS, Olivia Palermo in the first photo is a Dramatic Classic)
I’ve trawled pattern websites and found some contenders. This one by Grasser (it would need to be longer), this one by Laforme and this one by Vikisews (I would make the waistline a bit less defined). I’m after the perfect shade of Olive for mine and hope to get everything together to make one in the new year.
THREE: Split hem skirts
Talking of skirts…again! I have a length of chocolate brown faux leather and some burgundy stretch faux leather too and after seeing this image by A.L.C
I’m kind of wandering about trying the style out…I find myself drawn to the idea of it. I’ll ponder on it for a while, but the silhouette does align with my body type. I’m also loving the idea of asymmetrically split hems and button-through styles. These two patterns by BurdaStyle caught my eye. I especially love the buttoned style.
After seeing lots of posts by @juliabobbin on Instagram as she tailored a blazer I wanted to delve much more deeply into the subject and processes involved. The idea of shaping and moulding beautiful wool fabrics into a gorgeous jacket really appealed. I started to read up online about it and after a few messages with Julia, and on her recommendation, I bought a book and some DVDs. The book called “Classic Tailoring Techniques For Menswear.” goes deep into the origins of men’s tailoring and various jacket styles, how to work with fabrics with the iron, pressing techniques, basting and interfacing techniques and even drafting. It’s fascinating stuff. I also got hold of the complete tailoring series of DVDs called Smart Tailoring by Kenneth D King (I snagged a second-hand bargain off eBay).
I’ve already watched most of the first one and I love how he shows both ‘Old School’ and ‘New School’ techniques for each stage. As a result of my interest, I’ve bought all the supplies I need to properly tailor a blazer plus a gorgeous pattern by DP Studio…The Le 100 Jacket. I’m hoping to make it early next Spring.
Meanwhile how about drooling over some inspiration pics:
FIVE: Burgundy And Pink Colour Combinations
Last on my list is a lovely inspiring colour combination of Burgundy or maroon and pink. I got the idea from a video by Audrey Coyne and thought how gorgeous the combo was. I definitely want to try it sometime.
There are many, many tones of burgundy and maroon. Burgundy is actually a cool-toned shade and Maroon is a warm-toned shade…but of course, there’s a whole continuum of scale for both colours.
With my slightly warmer-toned complexion, I would go for more of the maroon tones paired with blush pink.
I found some gorgeous inspiration photos on Pinterest to whet your appetite:
And that’s it. I hope you enjoyed my post and feel inspired and keen to get creating.
Thank you so much for stopping by and don’t forget to share you favourites in comments or tell me some other things that have inspired you lately.
See you soon!
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