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  1. Chicatanyage
    July 2, 2013
    07/02/13
    9:28 am

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    Chicatanyage said...

    Very true. To develop ones own authentic style takes a commitment to a journey of discovery on the inside that can subsequently be expressed in the outside.

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  2. alh
    July 2, 2013
    07/02/13
    9:47 am

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    alh said...

    Great post.

    For me, style is so much more interesting than fashion. From the first time I was allowed to choose my own clothes, at age four, I have gravitated to a certain look. I live in a grown up version of my childhood fantasy of the perfect house. It is what feels comfortable to me. At certain times in my life I have tried to adapt my style to context. Now I am old enough, and privileged enough, to have the luxury of spending most of my time living in a world of my own creation. How I dress, how I decorate my home, and how I live are pretty much all of a piece. It has everything to do with what makes me feel comfortable and nothing to do with impressing others… though I do truly enjoy compliments and appreciation of my efforts. I would continue to dress and live this way even if I was the last person left on the planet.

    07/04/13
    8:16 am
    Lisa said...

    Your aesthetic must be your prime mover – I admire that.

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  3. That’s Not My Age
    July 2, 2013
    07/02/13
    10:15 am

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    That's Not My Age said...

    I like the idea of the two authentic style roads – and a comfort/adventure Venn diagram. And if I do ever get to California again, I’ll definitely say hello.

    07/04/13
    8:15 am
    Lisa said...

    Venn diagrams! My favorite!

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  4. une femme
    July 2, 2013
    07/02/13
    10:47 am

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    une femme said...

    I love this: I think authentic means fully inhabited. Yes. Thanks so much for the mention, and for allowing me to use one of your pictures. I’m glad to know my sense of what’s authentically you aligns with your own!

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  5. magpie
    July 2, 2013
    07/02/13
    7:25 pm

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    magpie said...

    Love this. Both your elements are absolutely necessary–exploration, so that personal style is still style and not mere habit; and careful returns to essential familiars, so you have a compounding of enjoyment, rather than a proliferating but directionless cycle of depressing faddishness that fash mags might bring. As easy to forget when older and looking for a change, as when young and prone to reinventing the self.

    You’re very insightful, and rather zen, to say that fully inhabiting a space means also exploring its boundaries.

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  6. roseag
    July 2, 2013
    07/02/13
    8:05 pm

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    roseag said...

    It helps if you honor who you are. That’s not to say you think you’re perfect. Sometimes it takes someone saying, “it looks just like you” or “I knew you’d love it” to help you see yourself clearly.

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  7. Flo
    July 3, 2013
    07/03/13
    6:48 am

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    Flo said...

    Busted. Alright then, it’s a deal. I will make it a summer project to explore the outer limits [the inner limits I’ve got DOWN] to be sure I’m inhabiting myself. It’s time, really. Past time. [My main summer project is to slipcover this PB sofa I’m now sorry I bought. Using painters dropcloths from Lowe’s for fabric. The routine motions of sewing will leave lovely cranial bandwidth for churning these ideas you’ve presented.]

    LPC, your sequin skirt showed up yesterday at the other Femme blog. I will forever associate that skirt with you — an outer limit which I WISH were mine.

    You are an inspiration.

    07/04/13
    8:15 am
    Lisa said...

    I can’t wait to see the evidence!

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  8. AggieK
    July 3, 2013
    07/03/13
    10:14 am

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    AggieK said...

    When I worked I would change my clothes when I got home to avoid spills and splatters while I cooked dinner.

    I do wear ratty old clothes when gardening, cleaning the house, etc. Is this my true self? Yikes!

    07/04/13
    8:14 am
    Lisa said...

    I think we get to have bigger true selves than just our comfort garments, right?

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  9. Philippa
    July 3, 2013
    07/03/13
    11:38 am

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    Philippa said...

    Interesting.
    I guessed these:
    http://amidprivilege.com/2011/08/dressing-chanel-missive-2/

    and, on second thoughts, pictures which turn out not to be outfit photos at all, but pictures you have written in my head:
    http://amidprivilege.com/2009/10/my-blank-bag-snagged-my-blank-jacket-2/
    or
    http://amidprivilege.com/2010/09/how-to-dress-like-a-million-bucks-for-31-dollars-2/

    Which goes to show how well you write! Because I’m *sure* I’ve seen you wearing “jeans, pearls, Ferragamo Varinas, the striped tee I will persist in calling marinière, and a James Perse peacoat”, only of course I haven’t seen the outfit photo at all :-)

    07/04/13
    8:13 am
    Lisa said...

    I like your guesses:). And thank you for the kind words about my writing. I find writing about clothes to be much like I believe MFK Fisher felt about food writing – happens quite naturally, the clothes themselves write the words.

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