After a morning of immersion into the artistry of the medieval world at the V&A on Saturday, Jeff and I re-entered modern London and went our separate ways for the afternoon. I have recently been taking a new interest in the fashion world, carefully considering the way I show up in the world. Where do I conform, comfortably or not? Where do I rebel? Who do I want to be when I grow up? Because we work from home and most of our ventures out into the world are of a casual nature (and because I’m always cold), I tend to wear a standard uniform of jeans and sweaters. I think I clean up pretty well, but I don’t show up with the character and verve that I admire in others. I’m lucky enough to be living into old(er) age, so I’m thinking I might as well show up in colour!
This all started when I was walking through Covent Garden with a friend last year and stumbled onto a colourful storefront that drew me like a magnet. Gudrun Sjoden. We went in and tried on a few things, but I was overwhelmed by the character and choice. And then the same thing happened in Stockholm in September. Same store, same experience, different country. The moment I crossed the threshold, I knew it was Gudrun. Again, I tried things on, but couldn’t decide… so I came home and studied my Gudrun catalogues carefully.
I looked at women wherever I went, and I experimented with my existing wardrobe. Biding my time, I designated Saturday afternoon as my style pilgrimage. I went back to Gudrun’s Covent Garden store alone, tried on piles of clothes in varying styles and colours (to the point of exhaustion), squinted at my reflection with what I hoped was a lovingly critical eye. For hours. I probably drove the saleswomen nuts…. but in the end I had a good sense of my Gudrun profile, and I bought a couple of pieces that feel both edgy and perfectly right for me. For once, I didn’t settle, didn’t listen to anyone… I chose.
Gudrun has taught me some things: 1) it’s ok to be true to ourselves, even when we’re past 60. Or maybe especially when we’re past 60! One of her models has long grey hair… 2) Style can be playful and fun; 3) I can wear dresses and leggings; 4) it’s fun to show up in the world; 5) I really look best in darker clothes with colourful accessories; 6) I look best in clothes with a little shaping (who knew?); 7) I like my colour and style to be a bit coordinated, with an elegantly funky undertone; 8) I don’t like frills and ruffles; 8) layering is a life-altering experience.
Although my body has some sags and bumps, it tells my story. It’s a good strong body and I have a creative spirit who wants to play with colour and style, now more than ever!
10 thoughts on “My Inner Gudrun”
Oh, Good for you!! I love the clothing when I see the outfits on Facebook. I have never been to a store. I envy your hours of trying on and discerning.
Maybe you need to come visit, Ellen!
Yay to your inner Gudrun Kimberly!!! LOVE this! ❤️
What to see you in something xchris
another reason why I love you! Hubby and I live by the sea, work from home and have that jeans and jumper look most days… every time I go to London I’m watching women! Our local shops.. even in Canterbury seem to be full of teenage fashion or frumpy stuff I’m not doing! Went to London a couple of weeks ago to see our son’s band at Shepherd’s Bush Empire – I walked into a hairdresser and got the edgy fun hair cut.. now for the clothes.. xx
I need to go with you for an edgy haircut! And then we can head to Gudrun – her clothes will be sensational on you!!
Gooid for you! We all are expecting pictures ofcourse!!
At some point, Els, but today is Pantsuit Nation Day for me… I’m wearing my pantsuit to show my support for Hillary!
Can we see what you bought! C’mon model for us!