I wanted to talk about something a little bit different this week, and that’s my style evolution. I think that all of us can agree that our styles have drastically changed as we’ve grown up. For me, I think that mine has been fluctuating amongst a variety of different styles, which have gotten me to where I am today.
Merci Tee (Sol Angeles, similar here), Denim Skirt (Levi’s), Clutch (Merci, similar here), Necklace (2 Odd Birds), & Hat (Aldo Accessories, similar here)
I decided on this topic because the outfit that I’m wearing reminded me of this one that I wore in seventh grade for school picture day. While everyone else was wearing dresses and button-down shirts, there’s me in my “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” shirt with my favorite denim skirt from Limited Too. Yes, I was still wearing my Limited Too denim skirt in seventh grade!
Although my outfit today is probably a million times better than that one, it was the entire idea that I remember wearing that outfit as if it was yesterday. That’s what style has always been for me — a way to connect to memories from the past.
When I was in middle school, and even as I started my first two years of high school, I was trying to embrace this sort of feminine-punk style that totally wouldn’t work for me today. I’m not even kidding when I say that I probably had 20 different graphic tees, and I would wear a different one every single day. Not to mention, I also had a pair of lime green corduroy skinny jeans that I would wear these shirts with. LIME GREEN.
Although I’ve ditched the lime green jeans, I guess you could say that my love for graphic tees has withstood the test of time. Well, minus the fact that I definitely do not wear them as obsessively as I used to!
What I love about this “Merci” tee is the block lettering inside of the black strip. I think that it adds an instant edge to any outfit it’s paired with. Sol Angeles, the company that created the shirt, makes all of their tees by hand in Los Angeles. Because of the quality, I bought not only this shirt, but its matching counterpart that’s gray and says “Ciao.”
I think that I’m going to get a ton of wear out of both shirts, which is the reason why I decided to buy both of them. I’m planning on pairing them with either a short, midi, or maxi skirt that I have, or even just a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans.
Onto this color-blocked denim skirt, I didn’t hesitate at all when it came to buying this because I knew that I would make it work in my wardrobe. As I mentioned above, I used to love denim skirts. I probably had all of the ones that they sold at Limited Too. But, by the time that I made it to high school, denim skirts were totally passé, and I immediately despised them.
To be completely honest, I disliked them up until I found this one. It’s not to say that they aren’t a trend piece — I just thought that I would look like my middle school self if I wore one!
I think that what sold me on this skirt is the fact that it’s color-blocked instead of being one solid denim. If it wasn’t color-blocked, I wouldn’t have even looked at it twice. But, now that I have it, I wear it all the time!
Back to the topic of this post, I think that taking a look back and seeing how much your style has evolved can help you pinpoint why you like certain items and fits more than others.
People often ask me if I’ve always dressed the way that I do or if I’ve always been “trendy.” I often agree to disagree in my response. Of course I’ve always loved fashion and reflecting myself through my clothes, but I wouldn’t go as far as to say that I’ve always been “trendy.
For me, I see myself as being more stylish than trendy, but I have my own definition for stylish based on everything that I’ve learned since starting this blog.
Stylish doesn’t mean that you have all of the trendiest clothes on the market, or that your closet is overflowing with tons of clothes. That’s not stylish to me. Stylish is embracing everything about yourself and using your clothes as a reflection of that. So to answer that question again, I dress the way that I do because it makes me feel good!
Well, that’s all for today! I’ll have another post rolling out for you all later this week!
Thanks a bunch for reading!
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