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28-01-2013
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I think I am having a bit of a personal style crisis at the moment. Going through a very difficult situation in life for the past four years that has allowed neither the time nor the money to think about clothes means I now find myself a little lost...starting from scratch more or less, as most of what I have is in need of replacement! A little daunting...

As for my style...I like clean, well tailored, structural items, nothing too flimsy or fussy or flowy. Interesting textures rather than prints (except subtle stripes), colors like white, black, light grey, beige, tan, olive and navy. I have always been drawn to military inspired things, double breasted coats/trench coats, equestrian boots, berets, pilot shirts, etc. Other things: little jackets, shirts with collars that frame the face well, soft sheer or chunky wool knits, worn tan leather, reptile leather, crisp cottons, interesting jewelry.

I don't know if that's saying much at all.
A challenge for me I feel is how to add interest and avoid looking too plain and boring since I prefer very classic styles. There is also something about how I look that makes me easily look too prim and girly or too old and frumpy. Both of which I want to avoid now that I have just turned 30!

I also place much more emphasis on quality now that I am older (as most people seem to do as they age), and I am trying hard to resist running out to the nearest high street store to replace my wardrobe instantly, and rather want be a little bit more thoughtful about it and invest in some better quality pieces. But it's hard when I have almost nothing to work with!

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30-01-2013
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^ have you checked out the French wardrobe thread?

possibly you need a pair of truly fabulous snakeskin shoes in which you cannot possibly be mistaken for prim, frumpy, etc. there seems to be a lot of snake available right now ... you might also like fish skin.

and glad you've emerged from a difficult time--been there

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31-01-2013
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Thanks fashionista-ta
I'm having fun browsing tFS once again after several years hiatus. I can't believe it's more than ten years since I first became a member here!

Snakeskin is a great suggestion, I may have to be on the lookout for that! My favourite everyday bag is a black crocodile one and I love the polish that it gives my outfits, but snakeskin is a little bit more funky.

The French wardrobe thread seems right up my alley, I had a quick look but will check it out more in depth later.

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08-02-2013
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soooo...
i ordered 3 more belts...
...
guess i wasn't so over it after all...


hopefully at least one will work this time...
they all went back---again...
and now i've ordered one more...
**you can't say i'm not determined~~~!

...

this time i tried a different approach...
ordered a double belt rather than one wide one...
let's see if it does the trick...

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Softgrey: At least it is good to see that you are not settling for just 'okay'

Caramel: I think Fashionista-tas suggestion is a great starting point. Instantly made me think of the shoes belonging to a blogger with great style. The shoes are not frumpy in the least and a great and interesting basic. Of the top of my head I can't think of anything they would look bad with. (Maybe I am not a hard very thinker )

Also, I think that the idea of building a quality wardrobe in Norway can be so difficult. At least where I live we pretty much only have a small handful of stores that do not sell high street/fast fashion clothing... But perhaps you live in a larger city than I do and have a greater selection.

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^^i like those madewell flats...
but i guess they are not real snakeskin...but a snakeskin print...
it's so hard to find real snakeskin these days...


well---
the weather is beginning to change and dressing is a bit tricky these days...
up and down...up and down...goes the weather...

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Lanvin has various styles that are actual snakeskin ... I have some with just the snakeskin captoe, but there are all-snake styles as well (Michelle Obama has a metallic pair that she's worn a number of times). Recently I've seen a pair with teal highlights, a holographic ivory pair, purple captoe on black ... lots to choose from.

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umm...
ok...thanks
those colours sound a bit

personally, i like natural snakeskin
python or black...
and i have trouble finding it these days at any pricepoint...
or if i do, i don't like the product design...

it's not a big deal though...i don't NEED snakeskin...
i just like it...
:p

i have a pair of patrick cox black snakeskin ankle boots from the 90's that i am thinking of resurrecting actually...
i figure, if i've already got something that i like better than what's in stores now, then i may as well wear it...
thinking of having a lug sole put on to give it an update...

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I think snakeskin has become so rare that when people use "snakeskin" they actually mean faux snakeskin/snakeprint. When we really mean snakeskin we have to add "real" or "geniune" to be understood. Which is very odd when you think about it

If anyone do find "geniune" snakeskin flats in phyton, feel free to let me know (I love giving Karma) I could definitly see them as a staple in my wardrobe

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totally---
it's really weird to me...
no one ever talked about it or wrote articles about it or had any 'save the snakes' protests, as far as i know...
but it must be really expensive to use snake because it has all but disappeared from fashion...

i bet a lot of younger shoppers wouldn't even know the difference between them...

it's just so odd to me...
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i've been keeping my eye out for ages, so i'll definitely let you know if i come across anything...

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Python is illegal in California.

It's helpful to distinguish between genuine and undyed snakeskin. My association with undyed snake is actual snakes that have shown up on my property and I've had to identify. Snakeskin that I wear, I prefer not to bear a strong resemblance to its original owner, so I like dyed snakeskin, and find iridescent snakeskin quite beautiful. I believe Lanvin does offer some undyed styles as well.

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only python? and only in california?
curioser and curiouser...

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Banned in California: This Season's Snakeskin


By MONICA CORCORAN
Published: March 19, 2000

IN New York, animal rights campaigners are protesting the use of leather and skins as inhumane. In Beverly Hills, shopping rights militants are outraged for a different reason: they can't find a pair of those sexy python pumps anywhere.
Neither Gucci, Barneys nor Chanel stock the popular snakeskin in their Los Angeles stores. In California, the sale of python skin or parts has been outlawed since 1970, around the same time the federal Endangered Species Act of 1973 was being discussed and formulated. Importing or shipping the species or products made from it into the state for commercial purposes is illegal. Violators face a maximum fine of $5,000 or a six-month stay at a county jail.
How to overcome such obstacles to achieving the reptile look has become the talk of the West Coast's fashion elite. One wardrobe stylist orders from Gucci in Hawaii, which will mail it to 90210 and neighboring ZIP codes. Other shoppers fly to Las Vegas. It's legal to bring your own python across state lines, as long as you don't plan to sell it.



''You can carry or wear your python shoes into California,'' said Jack Edwards, assistant chief of patrol at the Department of Fish and Game in Sacramento. ''But you can't bring in a purse made of mountain lion,'' he added. ''That's illegal.'' (That animal has a special protective status.)
Some stores appear to be unaware of these statutes. At the Beverly Hills Fendi -- the designer of the coveted python baguette -- a member of the sales staff directed this reporter to the store's Bal Harbor, Fla., boutique, which she said would mail the $1,695 purse to the customer's private Los Angeles address. When told that shipping snakeskin into California is illegal, a Fendi saleswoman in Bal Harbor said with a lilting Italian accent: ''No? Maybe I have heard something about this? Really? I should check on that.''
California is the only state with a ban on all types of python, though only Indian python is now on the endangered species list. Mr. Edwards seemed unaware of the current fashion crisis the state's regulations had caused.
''I haven't heard anything about python being popular,'' he said. ''Right now, we're seeing a lot of illegal activities with abalone and bear parts.''
Abalone is a snail-like delicacy that fetches $100 per pound on the black market. Bear gall bladders are believed to have the same effect as Viagra and sell for $2,000 to $4,000. Gucci's hip-hugging python pants could have a similar effect for only $3,650.

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the first time i ever said that i could get married in an outfit and it was a pair of pants...

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that really caught me by surprise...
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my style is vintage meets eeclectic and I love vintage floral dresses, vintage shoes and handbags.on the other hand I like to mix them with designer handbags.Lately I am so much inspired by Scandinavian street style and alexander wang collections- simple design in black,white, nude shades.I dont know where I can put them into my style but as like erin oconnor said I like to wear my clothes up to my mood every day.

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