(n.b. - This was started by Lauren here!)
Please remember that this is what works or doesn't work for me personally, and I don't mean any offense by this list! I don't consider myself to be a particularly stylish person, but after 30 years, I have honed my tastes a bit.
1. Long, straight hair with bangs, in its natural colour. In that great year of 1995, I discovered Serge Gainsbourg. This was incredibly formative for me. I went on to discover all the beautiful singers & actresses who had long dark hair and bangs (eg. Françoise Hardy, Anna Karina). I always, always wanted their hair (and their gazelle-like grace, but oh well). No one would ever cut my bangs, so about a year ago I did it myself. To paraphrase Mandy Moore, finally I feel as though I have found myself in a hair style. I like my hair. I leave trails of it wherever I go. Also, I haven't dyed my hair since I was 20 and I don't intend to start dyeing it any time soon.
2. The high-waisted pencil skirt. My favourite thing to wear with a pretty blouse. This is my version of jeans (I don't wear jeans, although I wish I did).
3. Old lady-style sandals. I love these APC ones, but I have a few similar versions that I have thrifted. I found some tan leather Ferragamo ones recently, and I'm excited to wear them. I've been wearing Worishofers for years -- you used to be able to get them super cheap in Kensington Market.
4. Tights. I went to a Catholic high school where I wore a uniform, and since then, I have worn tights for what feels like every day of my life. I would wear them in summer if I could.
5. Scarves, preferably of the silk, hand-rolled hem sort. Now that they're kind of trendy I've been wearing them a bit less (I don't want to look like a desperate oldster taking her cues from the teens), but I have always had a large collection of scarves. I don't wear much jewelry but a scarf is always a versatile, useful accessory.
NEVER1. Jersey. I have mentioned this before, but I just cannot do jersey, especially not in dress form. I caved and wore a jersey dress last Friday and I felt as though I was wearing maternity clothing.
2. Capri pants. I am not tall (five three and one quarter), and these pants, they are not good. Also, my general rule of thumb is that if it's all the rage in north Toronto, it's not for me (cf. Juicy Couture, Lululemon, huge Chanel sunglasses, tiny shivering dogs, TNA duffel bags, aggressively-chewed chewing gum, etc.).
3. Cheap ballet flats, most often found in metallic colours. I love flats. I need flats. I cannot wear heels for long stretches of time, and I have to wear flats or low wedges almost exclusively. I also walk over 8 kilometers a day now. The cheap ballet flats I see most often have no support, and the extremely rounded, short toe box does no favours for those of us who do not have long, lean gams. Basically, I find these shoes totally pointless except as room shoes. If one wants to look like Audrey Hepburn, one needs higher quality flats!
4. Large geometric prints. Oh my Orla! On other people, j'adore. On me, I cannot stand.
5. Old lady perfume, or rather, what I consider to be old lady pefume: YSL's Paris & Opium, Estée Lauder's White Linen, etc. Sometimes I wonder just how bad the air smelled when these kinds of scents were au courant, & when everyone smoked. P.U.!
1. Long, straight hair with bangs, in its natural colour.
2. The high-waisted pencil skirt.
3. Old lady-style sandals.
2. Capri pants.
3. Cheap ballet flats.
4. Large geometric prints.
5. Old lady perfume.
And now I tag Karyn, Caitlin, and Tara-Lynn! And Kater, too!