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Where do our tastes come from? It’s a question I’ve pondered recently, especially while I was working on a color scheme for this blog. I had noticed that the colors I liked and wanted to use were basically the same colors I look good in and wear.

Maybe it’s a happy coincidence, but I was researching color palettes for skin tones and discovered that the colors that I dislike the most were the bright bold, jewel tones that also overpower me. Elizabeth of Lizzie in Lace posted some thoughts on colors recently, I was really intrigued.

Just what is it that turns our tastes one way or another? It is trends? Our own awareness of appearances? People in our lives? I suspect it is a combination of both.

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The Problem of the Mauve Jacket

When I first photographed this dress, I was wearing a mauve denim jacket. It’s cute, but I always have an issue wearing it. Something in me doesn’t feel like ‘me’ in it. While I love the look of a denim jacket, on me it feels too normal. Huge floral prints aren’t in abundance in my closet but I felt when the jacket and the dress were paired together is was a typical midwestern outfit. (Which is not meant as an insult—I just don’t like certain combinations, and this one felt too typical casual for my taste.)

I only got a few photographs in before I returned home. I reviewed the shots anyway, and to my surprise saw that I didn’t look the way I had expected. The look was still somehow my style and nothing that felt while I was wearing it.

When planning a new shoot with the outfit I tried this pink blazer and knew that this was my style. My confidence was ten times greater than in the jacket, though in all honesty I don’t think one looked ‘better’ than the other. It was simply a matter of preference.

There’s no reason why I shouldn’t feel confident in a denim style jacket. I see people wear it confidently, and with some of the style choices I make you think I would feel the same.

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A Creature of Creative Habit

This is where the origins of my tastes get hazy. No one told me a denim jacket looked bad on me, in fact, I remember excitedly buying one for my birthday when I was in my tweens. Whatever its origin, the denim jacket is a piece loaded with a strange assortment of positive and negative associations. As a result, the mauve jacket has lingered on my potential donations list for the last few years, and it’s a bit closer to the paper bag.

At the same time I’m stubborn and want to make it work. Part of me believes that I simply have to find the perfect combination and all my denim jacket woes will disappear. For a couple years I wore bright colors to overcome my fear of them, and I did—just to settle back into my soft autumnal palette. Maybe the jacket will be the same way, a distaste to conquer only to be replaced by my fondness for blazers, long jackets, and slouchy cardigans.

But tastes change, and for that reason I’ll hold onto the jacket a bit longer, and see what I can do.

Thanks for Reading,

Mary

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6 Comments

  1. Mica August 2, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    The blazer is just perfect with the dress 🙂 I say if your denim jacket doesn’t make you happy when you were it, let it go. You’ve got other pieces like this blazer you love more, and wouldn’t you rather wear them and feel great all day? 🙂

    Hope that you are having a great week so far 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Mary Tait August 3, 2018 at 1:23 am

      Ha ha! It’s so true… though I feel fine wearing the jacket around the house until I look in the mirror. One of these days I need to wear it in the house and not take it off when I finally leave the house. Maybe that will work.

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  2. Jodie August 3, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    i do find that some outfits look so different once I see them on the computer. And maybe that’s a good thing. Because I’ve done some research about how we see ourselves in the mirror…and it’s not always accurate (due to the angle and how our brains interpret the distance thing….)
    Anyways, all that being said, I think this outfit is fabulous on you Mary! I little whimsical, yet sophisticated too!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Mary Tait August 24, 2018 at 4:28 pm

      It’s so true. There are some times I have gone out and looked at myself afterward and been like, “EGADS!” But the entire time I felt confident and wonderful, so I suppose that counts for something.

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