In recent discussions about style labels, and in particular discussions about artsy eclectic style, I've been surprised at the number of negative associations people have with "arty" dressing. For me, the term "art" is tied to the fine arts, not with arts and crafts. I got the impression that it's the exact opposite for many people.
Angie's description of the artsy eclectic style resonated with me, particularly in the attraction to retro styles and unique accessories.
Just out of curiosity, I consulted the Lucky Guide to Style and noted that it draws a distinction between Posh Eclectic and Arty Sleek. Posh Eclectic is “a certain madcap glamor; made up of equal parts country-estate frump and the black-sheep aristocrat’s disregard for what’s acceptable." A posh eclectic gal wouldn't think twice about wearing silk, tweed, lace, pearls and rubber boots. I identify with this.
Arty Sleek, on the other hand, is more of a combination of avant-garde with minimalism. Lots of black. Asymmetry. I like it, but it's not me.
So, for these considerations, I'm going to work with the "Posh Eclectic" label for the time-being. Today's outfit reflects that.
I'm wearing a gabardine jacket with gold buttons, silk pussy-bow blouse and wool micro check pants. My favorite element is the waistcoat I made out of my uncle's old silk ties.