Wednesday, September 17, 2008

I'm not stylin'... but I'd like to be


My son is five and has a signature style -- he always carries or wears sunglasses. For years, he's worn sunglasses almost daily and he switches between several pairs depending upon his mood and outfits. People actually recognize him by his sunglasses.

I'm quickly approaching 37 and I have never had a signature style. In fact, I am relatively non-descript. Physically, nothing stands out. I'm short and average looking. Style-wise, I'm conservative and pretty pathetic.

In other words, I'm as bland as warm, unflavored gelatin.

What gives?

I mean, don't get me wrong. I'm thrilled that my kid has fashion sense and the self-confidence to be a little wacky and different and fun. He's proud of his sunglasses and talks about getting camouflage ones for his collection. (Alas, I haven't found any for the cutie.)

I just feel like a dweeb, I guess. (That's GenX for "geek" or "nerd" for you GenY visitors.)

I'd really like to enjoy having a signature fashion style, too, but I'm at a loss for what that could be. The closest thing I come to making a "statement" is the fact that I frequently wear my hair in two puppy tails.

Is that a signature style? I don't know. (Maybe I should ask Sarah Palin, whose dark-rimmed glasses have bowled over so many?)

Sigh. All I can say is that my child is already more hip than I could ever hope to be. Guess the "coolness" gene skipped a generation, huh?

11 comments:

SzélsőFa said...

Actually, I like Mondays, too. They fill me with energy.

Re:sunglasses - your son does look great, although I love to see them beast's eyes.

In Hungary, it is considered rude to wear sunglasses when talking to someone. Even if you're a stranger asking for a way (to the post office for example) you are supposed to at least lift your glasses a bit so that the one you're addressing with your question can see right into your eyes.

Aine said...

Maybe you're a chameleon like me. Let's call that a signature style. We blend in...
;)

Beth said...

My kids always loved sunglasses too. Still do. My son has camo ones, which is weird because I never thought of it as a fashion statement. I have had my days of being a trendsetter. I am very boring now ... and I kind of love it. =)

Your son is positively adorable.

Mary Witzl said...

I'm pretty drab myself. Back in Scotland, I got away with wearing the same jeans and tee shirt every day for a week. But it's HOT here, and lately I've made sunglasses and a hat my very own signature style. Beats a peeling nose and shiny red forehead.

My kids have better fashion sense than I do too. They look better in sunglasses too...

ChrisEldin said...

I won't even tell you what I wear. It's so pathetic.

Love those sunglasses!
:-)

katcampbell said...

The last time I tried to give myself a signature style, my kids mocked me until I went back to vanilla.

Beth said...

Where ya been, chica?

Lori said...

It's the Mommy syndrome, doll. Been stuck in that myself. And you're at the age where we women open our eyes and say something akin to "Where the devil did my life get off to?"

Watch What Not To Wear. I learned more about defining personal style from that show than from anywhere else. It's in you. It's just a matter of finding yourself again. :)

Devon Ellington said...

I've worked in wardrobe on Broadway, film, and television for over 20 years.

The way you create your "signature" style is to find colors, fabrics, and lines that:

--flatter your figure, whatever size or shape you are;
--let you breathe;
--make you feel BOTH comfortable and great;
--make sense for the daily requirements of your life


I can reproduce a $3500 look for under $50 and make it uniquely my own.

What do you like?
What looks good on you?
What's your budget?
How much time do you want to spend getting ready? (in my case, 10 mins. max)
What do you have to be able to do in those clothes?

The magazines want to sell more stuff for their advertisers, so they make it much more complicated than it needs to be.

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