Forever In Style
For some people style comes naturally. They don’t necessarily have a job in fashion but they sure dress like it…
When I first passed by Jennifer, I was so impressed with how she dressed that I stopped and went back to talk with her. This was nearly three years ago and since then Jennifer has modeled in various fashion productions for the blog and has become a dear friend of mine. During this time I have learned that aside from being always stylish, Jennifer also designs and creates some of her clothes by herself. I sat down to talk with her about style, fashion and self-image as we age. We also did a small video and a mini photo shoot – needless to say… we had fun.
How would you define your style?
“Me” is the only way I can describe my style. All the feedback I’ve ever received about my appearance includes the words elegant and smart so that’s “Me”. Elegant and smart even when I’m wearing jeans! I’ve never been told I’m funky, trendy, eccentric – of course, all of which I’d love to hear as they sound much more interesting.
You make some of your clothes yourself. Could you tell us about the design process?
The design process either starts with a beautiful piece of fabric or a style I must have. The latter might need to be tweaked to suit my figure. I have my standard block patterns which I alter to suit the new style and/or fabric. It’s an exciting process as I’m never totally sure how it’s going to work until well into the making. When it doesn’t looks promising I have to come up with a creative “fix” which can be challenging!
What is the most surprising item in your wardrobe?
It’s a politically incorrect mink jacket; it’s a vintage number. I’m old enough to have worn fur when it wasn’t taboo and I’ve always loved it. The colour and feel of the mink makes me feel audaciously glamorous! I’m still a sixties gal at heart!
How often and where do you shop?
These days my styling rules are defined by some self-imposed restrictions. I like to cover up my “old, ugly bits”. This translates to some type of sleeve or clever cover-up, and skirts that cover the knee. I prefer good quality, well-made and well-fitted to more clothes for less cost and a shorter life cycle.
What are your styling rules?
Now I’m semi-retired and watching the dollars I’m doing more sewing. I’ve recently discovered pre-loved clothing shops. I’ve found they are a treasure trove of fabulous finds so now I’m addicted. I’ve acquired some wonderful designer clothes some of which have not been worn. It’s a buzz to know you’re wearing a Gucci or Armani that cost next to nothing! I love the idea of recycling rather than rampant consumerism.
Where do you get your inspiration?
My inspiration for fashion and style came from my mother’s influence and an amazing high school teacher who became a creative mentor. Thanks to them I’ve always been inspired to “look good” and keep abreast of what’s in without being a slave to fashion – it’s rewarding and fun.
In case you were wondering what Jennifer is wearing:
In the still photos: A white top and a black dress which she designed and made herself.
In the video: Stripy pants from Zara | Black tops from Witchery | White jeans from Levis
Denim top from TOPSHOP | Shoes & reading glasses from funkis | Sunglasses & Black bag from Witchery | Black pants by Jennifer