I recently finished reading Tim Gunn's Guide to Quality, Taste and Style. I confess, I'm not a huge fashion buff. Oh, I have my preferences, but when it really comes right down to it, I would much rather spend my money on magazines or flea market finds. But... I really enjoyed this book. Tim is such a pleasant man, he gives advice without making me feel like a hideous fat cow (ahem... Tracy and Clinton). I also recently read an entry on Linda's blog (Restyled Home) where she discusses the fact that she would much rather decorate than shop for clothes. I identified with her. I would much rather buy an old globe or a Fanta crate than a new purse. But as of late, I find myself wishing I had a little more panache at the office.
One of the things that he discusses is the use of Fashion Mentors when we shop. He says that it helps to have someone in mind, someone famous that we admire. He stresses that one should NOT seek to duplicate someone else (because how many of us really weigh 90 pounds like Audrey Hepburn, black tights are still almost ALWAYS a mistake), but to get a general feel or vibe from someone with whom you share a kindred style. Of course, I like Meg Ryan. Who doesn't?
Ok Ok Ok.. I'm not nearly that skinny, and I am not now nor never will be a blond. But as I watched the movie You've Got Mail (for the hundredth time), I identified some things I love about her. I love her short hair, it looks easy and chic. I love her simple outfits, the simple black skirts and sweater sets. I like that she doesn't wear heeled, pointy toed shoes or fussy, tight ensembles.
I don't want to look exactly like Meg Ryan, I like who I am. I like that I'm brunette with a freckle on my left eye. I like that one foot is bigger than the other, that I have crazy frizzy hair that has to be straightened. But as I perused the endless stores in the mall this weekend, I found myself looking past all the distracting off the shoulder, spangled, sequined items. I zipped right over to the wide legged slacks and grey sweaters, smiled and thought of Meg. Tim Gunn... you are a VERY helpful man.