*I don't own these anymore, but I was too lazy to snap a picture of my current all-black pair
I had a week off last week, because I had to clear the annual leave entitlement that I can't carry into my next work year. I spent it perfecting family recipes, baking, cleaning, practising yoga, reading, and an intense amount of television viewing.
Since I only went out for yoga, sometimes meeting friends for lunch after a session, my uniform for the week was my yoga leggings, loose t-shirts or a long-sleeved tee, a long cardigan where necessary, flip flops, and a canvas tote. Sometimes I wore my Chucks. I was going out in clothes only one notch above what I would sleep in.
It would have been interesting to see how long I would keep up the "look" (I would have to wait for a spell of extended unemployment to test out the theory). I suppose the week was a useful exercise in demonstrating how dependent my style is on occasion. Even my staple, the one sartorial item I believe I cannot live without - jeans - was relegated to the backseat.
I love my clothes and I have a clear idea of what I think is "me", style-wise, so it surprised me a little that I would throw out notions of "style" once I settled into that mentality that I wasn't "going out", I was only running errands and exercising and I didn't need to "get dressed".
Clearly, my style is highly dependent on function. Would my style take a very different route if I didn't hold down a fairly conventional job that involves going to the office and meeting people and having to look presentable? Would I still love button-downs, for instance?
How much of your style is determined by function?