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.


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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