Daily Prompt: Style Icon

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

I knew a man with style once. It wasn’t everybody’s style, or taste and, as he didn’t care what people thought of him he carried it off with a great deal of style. Each day was different; unexpected, such as the day we agreed to meet for coffee. Venue was always difficult but in the end we decided to meet at a coffee shop in the city . The two dolphins.

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

They had two life-size dolphins swinging from chains under their awning and I said “we’ll meet underneath the dolphins.”

“No problem.”

“What on earth are you wearing that for? ” I said when I first saw him.

“You did say we’d meet under the dolphins” he replied. Yes, he had style and sometimes in the conventional sense of the word.

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014


I’d like to think that I live life with that kind of style. My own preferred style these days is definitely more on the casual side but with the ability to change and feel comfortable in my chosen skin for I believe that, is what style is. No matter what one is wearing or whatever the hair style the wearer’s self-confidence is at a level that allows them to carry it off with grace, with style. They are comfortable with who they are and what they are and as such their stature is tall and regal. Their self-confidence is their style.

Writing style is similar in many ways. You have to be comfortable with who you are and what you are doing. I know my writing style is never going to rival Henry Miller, Ernest Hemingway, Craig Silvey, Tim Winton and many, many more truly brilliant writers but I can’t copy their style. I would be trying to be someone who I’m not. I have to write in my own style, one that flows naturally from my pen. This style I can change between scholastic writing and my preferred creative writing but they are all me and that I am comfortable with.



About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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11 Responses to Daily Prompt: Style Icon

  1. Sherri says:

    I agree Irene, being comfortable with your own, unique style is so important. Great post, love the pics 🙂


  2. vicbriggs says:

    It’s wonderful when you find your style – even if it does change over time – it feels like home 🙂


  3. fictionfitz says:

    Great illustration of style. Must have been fun to put together.


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  5. lifelessons says:

    I love both the top and jacket you are wearing in your coffee shop picture and the blue formal dress. Curious about the decorative $$$$ motif in your other picture! I think you have a wonderful sense of style. http://judydykstrabrown.com/2015/08/04/fitting-in/

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