Much like a woodworker enjoys making a table, or a scientist enjoys solving a scientific equation… I enjoy putting together an outfit. The truth is I get a thrill out of going to my closet every night to pick out my clothes for the next day. “What is Pamela going to wear tomorrow? How will she decide to express herself?” Questions I love to answer.
I grew up listening to Motown, watching Elvis serenade any beautiful woman he encountered, and pretending to be Gidget. I contribute a lot of my love for the 50s and 60s to my mom, but stumbling upon the 40s was my own happy accident. I discovered Frank Sinatra, in a not so 40s way, by watching My Best Friend’s Wedding at the age of 14. Frank introduced me to Ella Fitzgerald, and Ella introduced me to Billie Holiday. For as long as I can remember I’ve longed for the music and style of the 40s, 50s, and 60s. They all speak to me in their own special ways. I remember the day I happened upon ModCloth, where modern and vintage fashion meet. It was like discovering a shop that provided my personality in fashion form. I don’t buy all of my clothes from there, but ModCloth helped me figure out my style. It gave this old soul some fashion direction.
There are also several women who inspire my style. Some are real, some are fictional, but they all help me to envision the style I enjoy most.
Sandra Dee in A Summer Place is a big one for me. Not only would I want to wear everything she has in this movie, but I’ve always felt a connection to Sandra Dee. Maybe it’s her petite stature and blonde hair, or maybe it’s the naive and lighthearted characters she plays. Another one, that I know will sound typical, is Zooey Deschanel. I can’t lie, her style has had a huge influence on me. I also thoroughly enjoy seeing her outifts on New Girl. I once read her wardrobe for New Girl is like a crayon box. I love this! How fun would it be if my closet had so many colors it looked like a crayon box? That sounds like a very happy closet. And yes, I think about that when I buy clothes.
I’m thankful for these influences, but I don’t want to end up being a mini so and so. I want to take all of the wonderful things about these women’s styles and transform them into something that suits my personality and my figure. I’m so happy vintage is “in” these days, but I hope I’m always true to my old soul.
Who inspires you? What people whether famous, not famous, real, or fictional influence your style? I’d love to hear your thoughts and where you love to shop!
Cheers to all the people who inspire us and to finding our own voice among them!