Burning The Ugly Pants: Join a 2010 personal style makeover (Part Six)

Close your eyes… Go back to where you felt your most powerful, your most beautiful, your most YOU. Where are you? What are you wearing?

I go back to the darkest, most dangerous blue, the colour of my cottage lake writhing under the fury of a Quebec North wind. I am a woman most confident at the extremes, leaning head first into the blast, my toes curled into the freezing sand. Challenging the forces of nature, I channel their power through a ragged pair of Disney 101 Dalmatian pajama pants. Bits of frayed fabric blow out behind, joining the loose sleeves of a plaid Salvation Army shirt tied at my waist. My hair is my flag, and I fly it with an almost devilish pride. I throw out my arms and dare the wind to take me at my most.

Anne Bonny ~ What a dame! Pirate, feminist pioneer - such an inspiration! Although I may have to dial down the cleavage... maybe just a touch...

Need to catch up on this Saving Cymbria blog serial?

“I’ve been thinking about dressing more like a pirate.” I said, between bites of a TV supper on the couch with my husband.

Not the kind of statement you want to leave hanging. But hang it did, for a torturous 10+ seconds before the awkwardness shook itself loose. The awkwardness was all on my end, but that’s nothing new. You know you’ve got a good man (and don’t I know it!) when he can take these sorts of things in stride.

“Nothing extreme,” I continued, “just going for that sorta’ feeling.”

He nodded (a gesture of heavy meaning from the man), grunted “yah sure,” and went back to his munching. As I said, a good man. Housekeeping out of the way, I took the next logical step – COLLAGE…

I collage~you collage~we all collage! Go ahead and make your vision tangible with a personal style collage. All you need are a few fashion magazines and some scissors (oh, and glue). Snip outfits and individual pieces that connect you back to your power moment. Or, if you’re having trouble defining/refining your inspiration, simply collect images that tickle your amygdala, and wait to watch your style patterns reveal themselves in your collage. Stay tuned…

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5 Responses to Burning The Ugly Pants: Join a 2010 personal style makeover (Part Six)

  1. Can I join you in pirate fashion?

  2. katie o. says:

    i actually think i have that navy-ish with white dots skirt. that’s nuts! ps. i want that yellow skirt. loves it.

  3. lynn says:

    love the idea of the collage – I can just see mine – in fact I have a particular profile of dress – Laura Ashley – flowing skirts, oversized jumpers – I keep going to the store to get something new-and ending up with the same thing – a variation of my school uniform – circa 1967! I wonder if a collage would bring a hidden profile to the foreground – one that I have not yet suspected exists!

  4. Cymbria says:

    Come one come all! Ahoy there fellow pirates! Let’s set sail for uncharted seas of shoes and sashes : )

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