The indefinite, it-depends style theory2:18 AM
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To try to define something is an attempt to constrain and limit (Entuna, 2010).
It’s something I’ve come up with after contemplating on what my true style is. When I was tagged by Lee to answer a certain set of questions, the 7th one which was, "What is your personal fashion style?" was something I couldn't answer a hundred percent - not even to myself.
The more I try to do so, the more that I feel I'm being boxed. The only thing I’m sure of is that a lot of factors are interrelated in whatever set of clothes I put on. It depends on what I feel on a day to day basis. However, it also has something to do with the weather, with the occasion or with the place I’m going to.
Unlike other girls who wear shorts, skirts, pretty dresses, and a pair of heels MOST of the time, my lifestyle dictates otherwise. As much as I would like to, the fact remains that I’m a commuter. People who have their own cars have the advantage of wearing whatever they want.
On my part, I have to be as casual and as laidback as I can be to avoid attracting too much attention. My commuting staples are loose tops, leggings or pants and minimal accessories. There were days when I wanted to be really girly and all dolled up; sashaying the streets in my favorite floral mini dress and black wedges. On second thought, I didn’t want higher chances to get held up or stared at. Safety first right?
For footwear, flats, sneakers and boots (with low heels of course) are my best friends especially when I walk from my house to the jeepney station. Since I climb a height of steps in MRT and in crossing an overpass, such conditions would murder my feet when paired with stilettos, pumps or sky-high wedges.
Moreover, my body issues also restrict me from wearing every clothing piece ever designed. I’m vertically challenged, flat-chested, slightly toned, heavy-bottomed (right on the thigh part to be exact) and short-legged. Learning to love these physical attributes comes with accepting that there are clothes that will never (ever) flatter me (no matter how much I desire them to fit).
Other imperfections like hyperactive sweat glands inhibit me from wearing plain bright colors and pastels. I have to rely on black, white and printed chiffon to conceal sweat marks. Meanwhile, my huge thighs mean staying away from light-washed and printed jeans or leggings.
Lastly, my budget plays an important role. I don’t aim for things I certainly cannot afford. Saving up is my priority and dressing up comes in second. Here is when resourcefulness comes into play. I have to do a lot of mixing, matching and experimenting in order to make do of my not-so-many clothes, shoes and accessories.
In a few words, I can summarize it as: moody, lifestyle based, resourceful, adaptive, unpredictable and changing.
Funny because, the ironic part is… it doesn’t matter how many limitations (on my style) I can write down. When things get simplified, I realize that the very core of my style and wardrobe choices are totally free and totally me.
PS. I knew my floral pants would make my legs larger but I couldn't resist! I wanted to wear them so what the heck!