A few of you have commented on my last few outfit posts that you liked my “old” style better. I get it, and do appreciate the honest feedback. I knew when I set out to do this “reset” that not everyone would like the changes. And I knew that it would take some time, experimentation, and missteps to incorporate some of these changes in a way that feels organic and seamless.
Personal Style Evolution: It’s A Process…
A few months ago, I felt very stuck with my style. I knew I wanted to add more color (or at least ditch some of the black), and add elements that expressed my quirky, playful side. Having a color and style analysis has helped get me unstuck. I’d painted myself into a corner so to speak, and now feel as though I have more options.
Top photo: these quirky square-toed mules have been favorites for a couple of years now. Thinking about adding a pair in red… 😉
Shopping has always been challenging for me. At 5’1′, I have to either stick to Petites ranges or to styles that can be altered. I’m also broad and curvy, which limits what silhouettes work for me. Long-over-lean has become a safe choice, but was feeling limiting (and a little stale). Changing that up a bit has put me well outside of my comfort zone. I’ve tried on a lot of new styles, but have kept very few so far. (And most of what I have kept is for cooler seasons ahead.)
Which is all a way of saying, I’m still getting my bearings. I don’t want to completely lose what felt innate and authentic, but rather freshen it up, and have some fun.
It’s been interesting, actually, to read your different perspectives. Style is about so much more than our physical selves. How we perceive certain styles or colors is a reflection of our region, culture, upbringing, and aesthetics. Which is what makes it so interesting to me.
Yesterday I had to return something to Neiman Marcus, and decided to browse around the “contemporary” floor a bit. (Hope springs eternal that I’ll spot something perfect on the sale racks that I’d missed before, but nope.)
What I couldn’t help but notice though were Sequins. Lots and lots of sequins. It seems Fashion is having a Studio 54 moment. 😆 While I’m not averse to a little sparkle and glam occasionally, this feels a bit like Sparkle On Steroids. I’m guessing it’s the next stage of “Fashion, But Make It Instagram-able.”
Those of you who are Style Magpies will have lots of fun shopping this season! I’ll sit this one out…
About Those Tee Shirt Holes
Having done a little research, I’ve discovered this is a common complaint. It’s (mostly) caused by friction with belt buckles or the button/snap on pants. Seatbelts and standing against kitchen counters will exacerbate the problem. It’s also become more of an issue lately due to lower quality cottons with shorter fibers. I’ve started making a point to wear an apron again when working in the kitchen, to try to prevent at least some of the wear.
How has your personal style evolved over the years? Is it something you’ve done on your own, or did you have guidance?