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Draw Your Style

Let's be clear: I am not a fashion maven. I do think about what I wear and strive to look nice, but I almost always choose comfort over style. I worry much less about what other people think and focus on what makes me feel good. I don't read fashion magazines or pay attention to trends (my daughter takes on that role). I'm just me.

However, one of the most interesting creative activities I have done puts fashion design front and center. I think about who I would be in different eras, then design something specific to what I would look like at that time.

This exercise is fun, and works my creative muscle, but also provides some insight into myself. Who would I be in the 1920's or in 2358? How would that translate into clothing? What kind of person would I be? What would I be passionate about?

Activity Today, grab a piece of paper and pencil. Bring in some colored pencils if you have them. The first thing to remember is that the process is the thing. Don't worry if you are unsure about your drawing skills. This is all just to get you thinking and creating.

Choose three eras to focus on, then draw clothing you think you would wear were you living at that time. As you sketch, think about what your choices mean; what they say about you. Bonus activity: sketch yourself in your favorite current outfit, and compare that to you other sketches.

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