I'm afraid I am that annoying child that won't stop asking why, luckily with age came the ability to internalise my questioning. Just lately I got to thinking about taste and style and where they come from, how they develop and why exactly we like what we like.
For my personal taste the answer is dead simple:
Style-wise (florals, pretty dresses, ultra feminine) it comes from rebellion. I grew up with three older brothers, we watched boy TV shows and played boy games, my mum put me in girly clothes a lot but I had a pretty masculine childhood for the most part. I've also grown up and worked in a grubby, typically manly, distinctly non-floral trade (the motor trade) my whole life.
General taste-wise (retro, old, quirky, shabby) it is plain to see where it comes from, here are a small selection of things from my family home.
I don't think I stood a chance of growing up to like normal, modern things!
How about you? Is the evolution of your taste as clear as mine? I'd love to read your comments (or blog posts).