Twice a year I sit down with a cup of tea and write a style direction to sum up my personal style. It helps me pinpoint where I want to take my aesthetic next. It also helps me decide which pieces in my closet I need to get rid off and what I need to acquire. Since a lot of you have shown an interest in how I think around style and what inspires me, I thought I’d share my latest style direction with you.Inspirations
Being completely obsessed with old films, I knew straight away that I had to name my style direction All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun. It’s a quote by French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard. To me style is a form of narration and I’m telling a story through what I’m wearing. I tend to dress with a song in mind because every story needs a soundtrack. Yes, my style has a soundtrack.
I’m mainly inspired by the swinging 60s, the vibrant 70s and my Scandinavian roots. David Bowie is my inexhaustible source of inspiration – my muse. I’m also hugely influenced by freakbeat, the art of Peter Max and French New Wave films. It goes without saying that I prefer vintage and handmade.Colours
Shades of blue – cornflower, aqua, cyan, robin egg, azure, turquoise; shades of green – spring, mint, kelly, sea foam and of course loads of yellow, bright orange and candy pink. Lately, pastel purple has started to sneak into my colour palette as well. The more different bright colours together, the better!Prints
I simply cannot resist floral, geometric and psychedelic patterns. I also love the simplicity of stripes, polka dots, apple patterns, op art and anything scalloped or Marimekko. It should also be mentioned that I have a weakness for Scandinavian vintage fabrics.Trademarks
The two most obvious ones are cat eye makeup and a ginger bob with a big long rounded fringe. Sometimes I’ll wear my hair in a half up bouffant because my hair hero is without any doubt Anna Karina.Essential pieces
Breton tops and high waist short shorts, shift and babydoll dresses, a-line mini dresses and high waist a-line skirts, printed 60s blouses and pleated mini skirts, solid coloured vest tops and Peter Pan collared blouses, sailor coats and 60s coats, cardigans and jumpers.Essential accessories
Chunky knitted circle scarves and pom-pom trimmed cotton scarves, crochet bags and printed scarves, vintage fabric bags with circular handles and printed tote bags, floppy hats and berets, floral crowns and plastic bangles, bauble necklaces and handmade brooches, solid coloured tights and knee socks, oversized 60s sunglasses and skinny belts.Essential footwear
Swedish clogs and perforated 70s wedge sandals, dyed 60s style citrus floral flats and silver boots.
How about you? Do you write style directions or keep a mood board to help you visualise your personal style?