Desert Pirate Style

Post by Sharon

In one of those pivotal moments in life when you realize you are entering a new phase, I wanted to slow down and attend to myself. Decades of seated typing, moving frequently, working 7 am to 11 pm almost every single day had done a number on my image of myeslf. In fact, I really had no image of myself because working from home you eventually feel rather neutered. There is no need to dress up, do your hair, or care how you appear.

So, I set out to define a style that would work for both my lifestyle and my spirit. 

What I came up with is Desert Pirate.

I am a beach girl in my heart and soul with a love of unstructured pieces, casual vibe, and bohemian accessories, but I actually reside in the desert.

The term "Desert Pirate" seemed appropriate given that I have a heavy hand with stacked jewelry and an almost romantic pirate vibe.

The process of defining my style meant I needed to define the fabrics, colors, accessories, and influences.

What does a desert pirate base her wardrobe on? 

Colors: Turquoise, sand, orange sunset tones, khaki, sage, driftwood, bone, metal tones, and river rock colors (muted springtime tones). As I am a spring in my coloring, I will still utilize that palette but perhaps in more subdued tones while amping up the texture in the fabric.

Influences:  Victorian explorer, Safari, Southwest Native, Bohemian, and Steampunk. 

Some of the influences of this look stem from the British Explorer vibe and so a romantic era element is combined, like Khaki linen with pearls. 

Examples:  Evie from "The Mummy." "Pirates of the Caribbean" characters. The film "Romancing the Stone." Out of Africa. Jennifer Aniston's character in "Along Came Polly."

Fabrics:   Textures are critical - suede, leather, burlap, cotton, silk, linen, thick weaves, nubby, crochet, or silken pirate flowing.

Accessories:  Wood and stone beads, jute, hemp, metal tiny beeds, pearls, hats, stacked bracelets, many rings, stacked necklaces, Southwestern stone necklaces and bracelets with large stones such as turquoise, coral, amethyst and others, natural leather shoes, scarves, bolo ties, squash blossoms, espadrilles, boots, woven sandals. 

Why go to the trouble of defining a style? 

My first and foremost reason is to be cost-effective. When a style is planned out, everything mixes and matches quickly and easily. I can find items in secondhand stores easily as what I search for is not always a current style. I can pack and travel with confidence with a wardrobe that looks better rumpled. I find a look that my coloring and attitude fit. When people approach me, they know my energy, my vibe. This is an easy way to put people at ease immediately. 

Did you ever notice how a person in a suit is generic? It's as if you have no clue what type of person they are because there is a general lack of representation of spirit. The exception to this is a man with a fun tie or a woman with bright-colored pumps.

Did you ever notice if someone approaches you in worn jeans and a tank top and chunk bracelets, and a floppy hat, you feel you know them? 

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