I will remember this particularly sad May for a long time. Thank you all of you have left a sweet comments about John.
So I wore Me Made everyday in May, as pledged. It wasn’t a difficult challenge as I have plenty of homemade clothes to choose from. I normally mix RTW with home made as I prefer the look. So I can’t see me promising to exclusively dress in “me-made” clothes, although I of course totally admire those who do so, right down to their tights and underwear – Sue and Carolyn – for example. Maybe when I retire I will get into knitting. And lingerie. But for now I can’t be bothered.That navy striped top has appeared three times this month.
We had three days in Romania at the end of the month. You can see me in cycling, walking and sunbathing gear – all of it handmade. And back to work on the 31st.
So, now it’s over, what did I learn?
- I do like my clothes. On the whole they make me feel good, or better, about myself. That is the point I think
- Generally I wear what I consider to be a business casual style. Much more dressy than many #MMMay16 participants, but then I am not retired, a young mum, a graphic designer or whatever. But not too casual as I am a senior manager and need to be taken seriously by banks, developers, councils, MPs etc. If I do a road show (money raising) trip to the city I would probably wear one of my darker suits with a blouse. And sometimes I wear jeans and Converse for work – on 31st as I had a site visit, following a meeting with some branding agencies. I usually consider my diary commitments when selecting outfits.
- Someone mentioned I don’t do jersey. Well I do! Not so much as others who have maybe a more relaxed lifestyle, but that pink dress (23) is jersey, and on day 1 I wore wool jersey. I don’t have an aversion to the stuff although I prefer a slightly harder edge. The compromise for me is to wear T shirts and knitted tops and more structured bottoms (sometimes wovens with stretch). I think this topic deserves a post of its own so I will have a further think about it.
- My choices of clothes are rather conservative in some respects – mainly in the shapes I tend to wear. Fitted top, waisted skirt, flared, A line or straight skirt, knee length or thereabouts. And a belt. Long sleeves, lighter colours at the top/near the face, deeper colours on the lower half. Tried and tested colour palette with a predominance of blue, blue greens, pink, with white, navy and grey as neutrals. A bit of yellow. Stripes. Floral. Often three colours rather than the more predictable two.
- I put the pictures on Instagram daily. Each got a number of likes, and most came in between around 100 and 150. A few went above. The one that got the most votes was this one, with 257 likes. Not surprising really as it was my most dressy outfit (worn to the Mayor’s ball). Funnily enough dress 25/27 is in the same fabric (navy background rather than white), in a slightly different style. But I think on me white is more flattering than navy. What do you think?
- The better photographs in terms of lighting got more likes. The pictures where I looked taller and slimmer got more likes. I don’t take photographs too seriously. During MMMay16 I asked a total of 15 different people to help me with pictures and I didn’t dare pose too obviously. This project has certainly made me think about pictures – some bloggers do work hard at great pictures and it is pleasing to see people look their best. Learning more about photography is going on the list of things to do when I retire (with knitting, weaving, lingerie and patchwork).
Anyway thank you for your feedback over the four weeks, and your encouragement.