Do you have a style icon? Someone that inspires the way you dress, or would like to dress?
I like the idea of being inspired by an icon (even if it’s just an icon in your own mind). Not because I like the idea of copying someone else’s style, but because I think it could really focus your thinking about what you like to wear and why. It probably tells you a lot about how you imagine yourself.
There are a lot of stylish women who have inspired me, but I’ve never felt there was one icon that suited me before. I’ve often been inspired by women from the early 20th century, for example movie stars of the 1930s, or characters from novels. But I also like a certain modern elegance and simplicity.
So lately I’ve been surprised to discover that there is one iconic woman who pretty much hits the nail on the head as far as personal style goes for me: Sofia Coppola. She is beautiful, but certainly not in a generic hollywood way. She exudes elegance and intelligence. Her clothing is feminine and sometimes vintage-y, but she never looks fussy or done up. She wears a lot of black. Her beauty and sexiness has depth and character. It’s really no wonder she’s a muse for Marc Jacobs. I guess what I love most about her style is that, although her clothes are lovely, when you look at her you really see the woman, and not the clothes.
I also like that the things she creates, such as the film Marie Antoinette, are sometimes over the top feminine, yet that’s only partially reflected in her own style.
And If all that wasn’t enough to make me identify with her, there’s this quote: “When I was younger, I wanted to grow up – I thought I was more suited to being in my 40s than being a teenager.”
Do you guys have any particular style icons? A real person, or a character from a film or novel? Do you think about such things when you sew or shop? Or maybe it’s more of a general idea of the types of women or men you find stylish?