My Personal Take on Basics

For the longest time, I've restrained myself from posting too many personal style ‘outfit’ type photos. The reason is because this blog is a reaction against the explosion of personal style blogs within the realm of the fashion blogosphere, which has led to a severe lack of more intelligent and interesting fashion conversations.

Over time though, I do realize that there is value in personal style blogs. One can plainly see just how that individual translates their theories and ideas about their own personal style in real life. After reading all my extensive writings and ramblings about basics, it only makes sense that you should see some examples of my own personal take on them. 

My own personal style can be considered—to be honest—quite ‘bland’ compared to most outfit photos out there, and most definitely, to the flashy peacocks of street style blogs. However, this perhaps is exactly the point: the following photos are of what I actually wore on the day these were taken and are representative of what I wear on a everyday basis to lectures, cafés, galleries, concerts, cinemas etc. 

As boring as my personal style may seem, I actually really love wearing all the pieces I currently own. A grand majority of the clothing I own are from Uniqlo. I don't experiment much at all as I feel confident and comfortable in my existing style. My style tends to gravitate towards pieces that are easy to maintain and unfussy to wear. I am quite the simpleton. Most items tend to be neutral colour palette-wise but I do like to wear prints on the occasion, providing that silhouette remains clean. My style bible remains to be Take Ivy by T. Hayashida (there is a recent 2010 reprint that you can find in stores and online). I know what I value most in terms of how to prioritize certain ‘investments’—I am always willing to go the extra mile to find a well fitted shirt than spend it on a handbag or a purse. (On that note: I never got a new bag after my last one broke two years ago so now I don’t even have real one on hand at all.)

By showing how I operate within the parameters of my curated wardrobe, you see how flexible, adaptable and unrestrictive ‘curating’ can be without sacrificing anything on the creative interpretive front. I admit I can get over my head in discussing curating on more abstract terms, so if people do find these types of concrete examples valuable then I will try and incorporate more of them in the future. Just be forewarned that many pieces will get “recycled” as I don’t shop all too often.

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