I remember, when I was in my early 20s, reading about Georgia O'Keeffe sewing most of her own clothing and only wearing black and white. I liked that she was independent and able to define her personal style so clearly; I hoped that I would be able to do the same someday. Today I searched online for a photo of O'Keefe sewing and came up with the artwork above by Alfred Stieglitz from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Next I read recollections about O'Keeffe on the Smithsonian Journeys site from Ellen Bradbury Reed, a museum director who befriended O'Keeffe in her later years. According to Reed, O'Keeffe starting sewing her own clothing when she was a child, favoring simple styles without the bows or other frills that many girls her age wore. As an adult, she especially liked bias-cut dresses with batwing sleeves, and she had many dress patterns that she used over and over for years. Spending time figuring out what to wear everyday would be, she thought, "a waste of time."
I love O'Keeffe's logic and practicality when it came to dressing and, based on the photos of her I've seen, she carried off her style beautifully, probably because of her confidence in her choices. Reed also recollected that O'Keeffe didn't like younger women fawning over her, so I I'll restrain myself from going further and just share that I remain impressed and inspired.