As a woman in my mid forties my fashion sense has changed a little over the years. What I actually mean is, I've toned it down a bit. I know that surprises some of you as you see me blowing you cheeky kisses, covered in tattoos with bright coloured hair, but honestly my fashion sense is tame compared to what it used to be. I'm still an avid follower of fashion, I just tend to like fashion that is a little more 'out there' than most women my age. I love a good old fashioned retro look and my favourite style is definitely is rock chic with studs and biker jackets. I guess with all my ink I have to dress to compliment them. To afford fashion on a tight budget my favourite shops tend to be the charity shop for my vintage items, New Look (especially their sales), Simply Be, Yours Clothing for everyday essentials, Joules for a lovely treat and pay monthly catalogues that help spread the cost of things like winter coats or holiday gear.
I rarely hold back and see fashion as a way to express myself. Bright colours and bold prints really float my boat, anything even mildly wacky always catches my eye. Fashion has always been a passion of mine, from a child I'd watch my Nan Grace sitting at her sewing machine and I would dream of one day becoming a fashion designer and make my own clothes. I would spend hours on my fashion plates in the 1970's (Do you remember those?). They taught me how to put together different outfits and I would get such a thrill from putting something new together. As I got older and my drawing improved I started keeping a fashion design journal, where I would practise my art. And that is exactly how I looked at fashion, as art. I still do.
I appreciate the design and work that goes into lots of items of clothing. Unfortunately I never did fulfil my dream of becoming a designer as my Mum refused to allow me to take art as an option at school, mainly because she had the very old fashioned attitude that art would get me nowhere in life (back in the 80's mums were a bit like that). I don't blame her for it, she only had my best interests at heart, besides I've had opportunities since and not acted upon them so it's my own fault. These days I indulge my fashion passion by being a little creative. I up-cycle lots of items by maybe adding a few studs or putting in a stitch here & there and I even make a few items too to keep things fresh. There is always something in the wardrobe that can be transformed.
What do you do to style your fashion?
Do you like to up-cycle old clothes, like I do?