Wearing clothing that isn't quite right makes me feel like I'm about to be scolded or that I've made a mistake but can't figure out what it is to fix it. It makes me feel anxious and insecure.
I have no style icons, unless it is the lady who walked into Dairy Queen when I was working and my first thought was an awed, "She's a queen." I have no recollection of what she was wearing, except for trousers and that she had a nose stud, short hair, and face wrinkles. She looked used to physical labor, but also elegant and authoritative.
Things I like in theory, but don't feel right wearing are dresses/skirts, heels, button-up shirts, scarves, large rings, sweaters, tunic over leggings.
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Images collected focus on water, forests, flat Oxford-style shoes, large earrings/necklaces, jeans, and structured jackets.
As broad types, I prefer leather and diamonds over cardigans and pearls.
I prefer to accent the waist and would like to be able to sew clothes that show off my swayback.
I gravitate towards round or sweetheart necklines. I want necklines and sleeves to allow me to wear a regular bra without fussing or special accommodations beyond pinning the strap to the shoulder seam.
I am happiest with sleeves that end at the shoulder joint, at the elbow, or where the lower arm begins to narrow (3/4 length).
My most comfortable silhouette is straight or slightly flared trousers with the waistband right at my navel worn with a fitted, but not tight, shirt and a shaped/slightly fitted jacket. Flat shoes (one inch or lower heel) are ideal. I prefer a backpack, but also use a shoulder bag large enough to carry snacks. Alternately, I use the large bag, but leave it in the car and carry a clutch for errands. I bring variety through fabric texture, color, and accessories.