Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Excessorise


Many people get excited about the fading of summer into autumn.  I've read some wonderful blog posts recently drawing inspiration from the romance of the changing of the seasons (see Cloud of Secrets for a particularly beautiful one).

As someone with an eye for beauty the romance is not lost on me.  But as someone who thrives much better in heat and sun I find as autumn sets in I become very melancholy and start engaging in what I call preparation for hibernation - eating comfort food, finding it near impossible to get up in the morning, feeling like I just want to stay in during the evenings, finding my energy levels plummeting.  I am most probably a sufferer of Seasonally Affected Disorder (with the highly appropriate acronym SAD) that ought to sit in front of a UV lamp daily to get through the season.

Above all I find myself unconsciously reaching for darker colours when I get dressed and often end up wearing mainly black - layers of it.  I might do grey at a push.  I increasingly morph as we advance towards the height of winter into Morticia Addams.

Black is not called a fashion fail safe for nothing.  It can provide instant elegance, is slimming and psychologically protective.  But my tendency to wear it now is more an outward reflection of the mournful state of my mind with the passing of summer.

Summer for me is a riot of colour and prints.  It is floaty feminine boho layers and the liberating feeling of being able to show some skin the light of day without freezing.  During Autumn and Winter I feel too wrapped up, claustrophobic, interminably cold.  Black is what I shroud myself in against the cold and dark.

Thankfully to avoid descending into a caricature of my own vampish Gothic fashion tragedy there are always accessories to lift an all black look.  In fact sometimes there is nothing better than a palette of black to provide a perfect backdrop to showcase the impact of a few simple and favourite ones.

Now - where is my cup of hot chocolate?

Traducción

Muchas personas se entusiasman sobre el cambio de las estaciones desde verano hasta el otoño. Yo he leído algunos artículos maravilloso recientemente que han sido inspirado por el romanticismo de los cambios de las estaciones (ver Cloud of Secrets para un ejemplo hermoso). 

Como alguien con un ojo para la belleza el ambiente romantica no se me escapa.  Pero como alguien que se lleva mucho mejor la vida en el calor y el sol me parece como conjuntos de otoño en que llegar a ser muy triste y empiezo en lo que llamo la preparación para la hibernación - alimento de las comidas mas pesadas, lo encuentro casi imposible levantarse por la mañana, sufro sensación de que sólo quiero quedarme en casa por las noches, encuentro mis niveles de energía cayendo en picado. Estoy muy probablemente una persona que sufre de trastorno estacional afectadas (con el acrónimo en ingles muy apropiado SAD) que debe que sentarse delante de una lámpara UV diaria para sobrevivir el invernio.  

Sobre todo me encuentro inconscientemente elijiendo colores más oscuros en la ropa que pongo, y muchas veces terminan usando principalmente negro - y capas y capas de la misma. Yo podría lleva gris si me fuerzo. Cada vez más me transforman a medida que avanzamos hacia la altura del invierno en Morticia Addams.
 
Negro se puede ser nuestra mejor amiga en la moda. Se puede dotar de elegancia al instante, se sirve para adelgazamiento visual y como protección psicológica. Pero mi tendencia a llevarlo ahora es más un reflejo pasivo del estado triste de mi mente con el paso del verano. 

Verano para mí es un festival de colores y telas estampadas. Es capas bohemio femenino y el sentimiento liberador de poder mostrar algo de piel a la luz del día sin que se congele. Durante el otoño y el invierno me siento muy arropada, claustrofóbico, tengo muchissimo frío. Negro es lo me enrollo contra el frío y oscuridad.

Para evitar caer en la caricatura de mi propia tragedia de la moda gótica siempre hay accesorios para levantar una look en todo negro. De hecho a veces no hay nada mejor que una paleta de color negro para proporcionar un telón de fondo perfecto para mostrar el impacto de unos pocos y sencillos favoritos.

Ahora ¿dónde está mi taza de Colacao?

Gold filigree locket pendant - vintage from Not Cartier (Bath Markets)
Earrings - H&M
Bracelets - Topshop
Leopard print scarf - Warehouse

8 comments:

  1. I like black, too, but it I hate when they aren't the same shade, so I usually don't wear black on black.

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  2. Great post. I hate the end of summer. I've been in a fould mood today, trying on everything in the wardrobe and feeling that nothing is right. I don't own much black but agree it's a fabulous backdrop for showcasing amazing jewellery and bright scarves.
    Love the earrings. Did you know those are actually earpicks used by the Lamani tribe in India? xxx

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  3. Black is my comfort color, too. I gravitate toward it unconsciously. So, in February I often find myself dressed head to toe in black. For now I do my best to use as many colors as possible 'cause winter comes and colors will disappear. Sad but true. You dress your mood but you can also change your mood by what you wear :)

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  4. Thank you for the kind mention. I cherish autumn, but I can't bear winter, and I do think I experience SAD in winter's grim later weeks when my system just can't bear the low light, slushy mess, and bone-chilling drafts much longer.

    I love the animal print to liven up the black, that locket is lovely, and I really want to visit a jewelry shop called Not Cartier.

    I hope the style blogging world provides some new perk-ups and inspirations for you this winter -- keeps you doing things and looking at things and thinking about things so you can write to us about them all so beautifully.

    Enjoy your chocolate! My husband and daughter prefer the prepared powder, just add water, but I enjoy the fragrant slower ritual of warming bitter chocolate with milk or cream, sugar, and a bit of vanilla...or liquor. :-b

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  5. i love black too. .but instead of channeling mournfulness i take it as a canvas. i know this sounds a little silly, but i wore riots of colours last winter (my first winter living somewhere) and thought it was quite a nice look. great to introduce cheer anytime, because SAD can be sad to have i guess.

    enjoy your hot chocolate in the meanwhile :)

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  6. I love the upper necklace and I am wearing a leopard scarf right now :)

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  7. @Courtney - I know that sometimes in a (very!) professional environment non-matching shades of black is regarded as a bit sloppy (just regurgitating what I've read on some dressing for work articles). Frankly I think that is a very outdated view. I love mixing different shades of black as in a funny way it breaks up and adds more interest to an all black outfit in itself.
    See this great post at WhoWhatWear for some black on black inspiration! http://www.whowhatwear.com/website/full-article/how-they-wear-unbasic-black/

    @Vintage Vixen - okay I have the matching necklace to these earrings! I don't even want to imagine what that is used as a pick for!!

    @Ginta - yes I agree that wearing colour lifts your mood - I have to wear some more red this season!

    @Cloud of Secrets - the lady who runs Not Cartier is a real character. It has been years since I've paid her a visit and hope she is still going as vintage markets in Bath have really struggled to stay afloat in the days of ebay.
    I have powdered hot chocolate but I also have these quite sinful Belgian chocolate buds that you melt in hot milk!

    @devilishlypleasurable - I agree it makes a great canvas. I just have to keep challenging myself to use it as such as I often just end up going out in all black without thinking of using something to lift it, like a necklace or scarf, and I end up feeling quite drab. This is the year I've promised to buy myself my own UV lamp!

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  8. @jenny - that locket is sweet and actually opens out to guard a keepsake or photo. Love those sorts of things. And loving leopard! Might be the one trend I revert to a lot this season to break up black. Just bought a pair of leopard trousers!!

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