4. november 2019
And especially into what that look represents
Redefining your style in your 20s is no laughing matter. It is a serious (and seemingly never-ending) quest into the deepest corners of yourself and how to convey this sartorially. I have opened many doors in my search for my final form; Minimalist, maximalist, color hater, color lover, anti-parachute pants, pro-parachute pants. Oh, what corners of the world this journey has brought me to.
The door most recently opened feels oddly correct. Begging me to ask the question: did all the others also feel like this, and is this in fact just a journey of moving destinations? Nevertheless, I have come to find a glove that seems to fit my identity forming hand very well. Yes, we have now moved on from the journey/quest/door opening analogy, onto one of glove/hand-fitting.
The look calls for oversized silhouettes, practical footwear (seemingly, at least)
I have named the look “fashion designer on Tuesday night dog walk”. I will pause for your applaud of my originality. The look calls for oversized silhouettes, practical footwear (seemingly, at least) and a general sense of expensive comfort. Think fashion designer working in their studio, throwing on a perfectly crisp, white t-shirt under an oversized blazer and adding a pair of sneakers or old Céline army green wellingtons.
Silhouettes are welcome to be off. Colors can be whatever you choose. But attitude must be: You will never guess if I am actually wearing underwear under here and I am a bad-ass working creative.
Pernille Teisbæk does it well, Kiri-Una Brito Meumann better and Phoebe Philo, of course, did it best
It is also a statement for me that I am in fact perfectly OK projecting that I am a working woman
My attraction to this very specific sense of style comes of course from personal preferences. I have never been one to turn down an oversized blazer and flats. But I am contemplating a bigger, underlying reason for my crush – which makes for a much better article, and that is lucky for me. I have, for the past six months, looked into how I often estimated my self-worth based on my appearance as opposed to my talents, achievements or just a general sense of being good enough without having to either look or be good. This required me to let go of rigid ideas and wardrobe stress, and instead accept the fact that I would – at least for the time being – not put any importance onto what I wore or how I looked.
Letting go of my focus on weight, outfits and overall appearance, and instead gain a focus on working, creating, healing and wearing clothes best suited for this, has given me a new perspective on what’s important to me. And how much energy I have spent elsewhere.
This seems like a very conclusive statement, and I must admit that I am far from any sort of final relief from mid-20s induced anxiety. But I do feel like I took a big step in the right direction. And now I am ready to once again rebrand myself and get back to the fun of fashion and getting dressed. Bringing with me the recently learned lessons of importance. And this is where we so beautifully enter back to the question of the “fashion designer on a Tuesday night toilet paper run” look. For not only does this look offer – generally speaking – comfort to move, work and keep warm while fighting the patriarchal society, it is also a statement for me that I am in fact perfectly OK projecting that I am a working woman. That I don’t need to have perfect hair or high heels. That I prioritize comfort highly.
It is actually kind of a forced look of comfort; I am putting on a costume to make a statement. A costume I really like the look of
Being a working woman doesn’t require wearing a blazer and oversized pants. You can do that wearing a crotch-length minidress and wellingtons if you damn well please (I actually think I saw that look in a Vogue editorial once). It is truly about how you feel most comfortable and powerful. And for me that is with the statement that I do want to look good, but I want to do it for myself, being comfortable, chic, androgynous and ready to work, greet an audience on the catwalk after a show, be in charge of a fashion shoot, taking meetings…
Or taking the dog for a walk.