I came across a baby picture of me the other day, and it struck a cord, reminding me of a dress in Topshop that I’ve been obsessing over and repeatedly trying on, hoping that it may suddenly suit me if I keep giving it a go. That Toppers frock is scarily similar to the checked smock dress my two year old self is wearing.It made me wonder at what age we start to absorb the aesthetic influences that will form our adult tastes and inform the many choices that are driven by our ‘style’. I’m wondering how many other pictures I’ll find that show me wearing things that are frighteningly close to recent fashion based obsessions!
When I come to think about my home, many of my style choices are quite specifically reflective of my grandparent’s 30’s home filled with mid century kitsch. I don’t know if its anything to do with the fact that it was also the location of some of my earliest and happiest childhood memories. Come to think of it, my rather over developed soft spot for sequins was most probably formed there too as my Grandmother was a very glamorous lady with a wardrobe bursting with shimmer and sparkle.
I have obviously seen other things that I have loved and been inspired by through the years since my pre-school days, but these have been additions to a baseline of taste already formed, rather than replacing those urges. Well, I don’t have any huge Freudian revelations to round this post off. It was just a ponder really as to how our creative brain works, and I think that it seems we develop deep-seated beliefs far earlier than I may have guessed. Unless it’s just me that’s trying to still dress as my two year old self??? Oh gosh, maybe it is just me. Where did I leave my therapist’s number?