I don’t feel so terribly inadequate for not intuitively understanding my own style since we all have different skills and talents in life. This is not one of mine, despite my ability to put together a good outfit and coordinate colours. Perhaps one of the most interesting things is that what worked when I was younger still works now and my personality is relatively the same too so why would I dress for my age? My age is not who I am.
Best ever hair….a blonde pixie
Best dresses and skirts…light weight, body skimming though not tight, slight movement, above knee
Best place for ornate detail…..near face
Best use of jewelry….minimal quantity, moderate size, ornate is fine
Best use of makeup….light, fresh, dewy
Best necklines….collarbone and lower but no cleavage, rounded, flat collars, low boatneck
Best overall lines……streamlined, close to body but not tight, broken lines or elongation both fine, long over short is good, top length best to hit waist or hipbones, softened, rounded or curved lines especially near face, sharper lines and angles also work away from face
Best waistline…..empire, seaming that skims waist but no cinching, wide band at waist if dress has waistband, shift dresses in light fabric, drop waist
Best jeans/trousers….clean and simple, straight, straight-cropped, skinny, slim boot cut
I keep the gamine look from being either to sharp or too sweet. The colours here are wrong for me and I would select different shoes and earrings but overall I love these outfits and I think they suit me.
I keep the words crisp, clean, cropped in mind. Gamine style has clean, streamlined, somewhat simple clothing and most gamines don't do well with a lot of jewelry, but one or two bolder pieces work well. I have always found earrings are my best accessory. Gamine style includes crisp detail in the clothing itself which helps to keep the look streamlined without being plain.
There are rules associated with dressing appropriately for my age and my best looks comply with some and break others. I have never felt like myself in anything overtly sexy, am not comfortable revealing a lot of flesh and even the shorter skirts that suit me are a bit difficult for me to accept if I am bare legged. However I do suit a youthful look which I once thought I was supposed to outgrow and have now decided that is nonsense.
My style ID has gamine and ingenue combined though I think of it as gamine influenced by ingenue. I add ingenue touches, my colours are softer and sweeter but I can wear them in bold combinations, I look terrible in most masculine tailoring but equally terrible in very romantic clothing. I can't really pull off anything blatantly sexy or elegantly slouchy. For me, glamour comes from playing with ethereal elements.
This dress is a good example of Gamine and Ingenue combined. It's short and simple, a shift with relatively straight edges and a clean look yet it also has softened detail. The yoke is a different colour which brings emphasis to that area and to the face. The neckline is modest and rounded. The scallop detail of the dress offers up more curved shapes and although it is three different colours they are soft and blended looking. Some fun earrings and shoes make the outfit simple and yet interesting.
One challenge I face is that being taller means such a dress probably does not give me enough coverage if it is already designed to be a mini. On the other hand, if I just shop for regular clothes I will easily enough achieve the cropped lines I am looking for. What a perfect way to no longer consider my height a problem. Another new perspective I have is about my face. I used to worry that a pixie cut made me look like a boy. Well, it does and it doesn't but at least it's a rather pretty boy. I also love the aspect of challenging convention both in being a tall gamine and in having a youthful style over the age of 50.