Thursday, October 01, 2009

My Alter Ego - 1984

In 1984, I was a young stay-at-home mom with two children under the age of 6. My standard outfit was jeans, an oversize t-shirt, and sneakers. But, when perusing fashion magazines, this was the woman I longed to be. This was my alter ego. Powerful, in charge, important, and dressed in beautiful clothes. That's not to say I wasn't important and in charge, but at that time, I often felt like my life was out of control. Who wouldn't with preschoolers underfoot and a household to run? And dressing like she did? Out of the question.

A few short years later, I had started my own business, and this was how I dressed when I traveled to trade shows in New York (I substituted spike heels for the boots and didn't carry a polo mallet). My true self had emerged. Personal style is a huge part of who we are, and dressing in a look that expresses that style gives us natural self confidence.

Who is your fashion alter ego? Have you ever found an image in a fashion magazine and grown into the style as I did? I'd love to hear your story.

Shown above: Navy gabardine blouse and fawn twill skirt by Donna Karan and Louis Dell 'Olio for Anne Klein.

9 comments:

Matilda said...

Jodi, Thanks for your story today. The seeds were planted for me as a child looking through Vogue pattern books. I recall now picking patterns and fabric that were probably way to sophisticated looking for a young person. (I wish I still had some of those dresses today. I would still wear them!) But I love the dressmaker details and wonderful lines to this day. Last night, a group of friends formed through our love of vintage and its ability to express our sense of self gathered to support one whose husband was just diagnosed with a serious cancer. To her,wearing her hats gives her courage. Her wardrobe has become her armor of sorts for this battle.

puddin said...

In the early married years, I did so covet the mod styles the magazines offered, but budget restrictions with a very modest salary kept me to the "cheaper" clothes. I did try to keep my figure, so that I, too, could someday wear better clothing and enjoy the feel of them.

Belle de Ville said...

Interesting subject. In 1984 I was a stay at home mom with one child and another on the way. After my second child was born in 1985, I was in need of exercise in order to handle my stress and I was fortunate enough to be able to start riding, something I hadn't done since I was a child.
The riding turned into polo playing.
So, there I was was, young housewife matron and polo player equestrienne. Honestly I was living two totally different lives, and they didn't overlap except for the times that I showed up in the carpool line in my breeches and boots. BTW, the other mothers at my children's school didn't appreciate my avocation.
Today looking back I realize that I probably should have started a business instead of wasting money on a sport.

Gerri Ward said...

OMG! I luv this photo! My alter ego is Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face! I luv wearing the black leggings,flats,and turtle neck in the Fall! Of course I always break the black with a wonderful pastel color angora 50's cardigan!
p.s. I solely luv your BLOG!!!:))

Sal said...

What a fabulous story! Since I'm still exploring, I don't think I could point to a single alter ego ... but will have to give it some more thought.

Forgetmenot said...

very inspiring your story!
The story of a person pursuing it´s dreams until they come true :O
I don't think that I have one single alter ego, but if I had to choose just one, it would probably be the one of an early 60s young girl, kind of like Holly Golightly: a kooky, troubled but sweet young girl running away from her past (or herself)
But while I aim for glamour and Hollywood-esque adventure my mom aims for Bree Van De Kamp (Desperate Housewives) and routine :(
Lucky I'm still 14! My story is still on the writing :)

Gladys said...

In 1984 I too was a young mother but I had a career. I wanted to dress like Rosalyn Russel in His Gal Friday. I wanted to dress like Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face. I wanted to be every 1940 - 1960's movie star. I still do.

Vicki @ Nostalgic Collections said...

My alter ego cleans the house in organza aprons and 50s dresses. Don't forget about the pearls, the perfect hair, and the perfect make-up.

Glad to know that I'm not the only delusional daydreamer!

Lesley Ann said...

Mine is the actress Dina Merrill.
I love the movie "Desk Set" and she just looks so heavenly with her gold, cotton candy, hair, pearls, twin sets, pencil skirts, and pumps.
Ah, to die for!

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