"Style begins with the people passing through one’s life, the harbingers we push against and the stylemakers we want to clone. Some are famous, some not. Style grows from admiration, from longing, from discrimination—and, yes, from love. It’s all the places you’ve been to and the people and the moments you’ve known: the parts you’ve adopted, to keep forever, and transformed. We wear our history in our hearts and on our backs." - Carol Edgarian for W magazine
This beautifully-written discourse on personal style in the April issue of W says so much of what I struggle to articulate in words - go here to read.
I've always been particular about things - clothes, food, etc - but I wouldn't say I had a strong sense of style. My sense of how I want to look is derived from living - from meeting people, doing things, travelling, reading, watching movies. I like to think that when I make decision about how I like my white T-shirts, it comes from all of these things and an awareness of what fits me best.
To anyone else it's a white T-shirt, but in my head it's a complicated tangle of influences and preferences that even I couldn't properly unravel. When I hit upon the right thing, I wear it with confidence and conviction and it shows as I go about my business. You feel like you can take over the world.
I love women who dress with conviction. This is different from women who dress with a sense of adventure, women who dress for visual impact. The latter group will look beautiful and they're inspiring in a different way. The former however, inspires me to want to know their stories and what they do.
Picture from sessun via materialiste