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Alright. Enough review of last year and concentrations for this year, let’s jump right into it with my least proficient area of womanly knowledge: fashion (which may actually be tied for make-up or hair, but one focus at a time).
I really am hoping to hone in on my own style this year. My problems with doing this in the past are twofold. First, I have many facets to my personality. One day I want to be farmers market free-spirit and wear long flowing skirts and crazy wavy hair. The next day I want to appear somewhat trendy in skinny jeans and short hair bob. It’s impossible to have a wardrobe that covers my multiple personalities, ahem, varying tastes right?
Beyond that, I swear Cher Horowitz was onto something. Why do some outfits I put on look SO different in pictures than how I think I look in person? Does anyone else feel like this?
So these are some of the issues I’m hoping to overcome this year, and the only way I ever really advance with this is just putting it out there in all my self-timer, awkwardly posed glory.
So to get the year started I wanted to show you what I’ve been wearing lately. This clearly isn’t a “how to dress yourself” post but these are outfits I’ve been feeling pretty good in, though like I mentioned before, I swear some look better in person. Or maybe I have a skewed image in real life?
Ok, enough already, let’s get to it. In fact, let’s just start with my most awkward-feeling pose.
Observations: my go-to lately is these jeans and booties (so comfortable!) then tossing on any shirt that happens to have black in it. My friend, Kristin, is a fashion pro and is my same height. Because she’s a generous soul she has gifted me her closet clean outs since we were both in 7th grade. I can’t tell you how much I love/appreciate this and can’t wait to try on some of the dresses she sent my way when the weather warms up.
The dog sweater was a hand-me-down from her and I for some reason I’m hooked on it. I’ve actually gotten a lot of compliments on it while I’m out which is most definitely NOT the norm for me.
I’ve also been hooked on layering tanks lately. This is new to me as I used to think layering made me look bulkier, but now I feel naked without a layer underneath a sweater or shirt.
Moving on, may I present to you my whatdoyathink pose.
Upon observance, I really should have switched my black booties to my neutral pair because I’m 95% sure the shirt is navy, not black. As for the shirt though, I’m digging it! I actually am digging a LOT from my last “fix” and let me tell you why.
My previous few Stitch Fix deliveries had been underwhelming and I was pretty close to giving up on the service. Then I changed a few things I was doing and my last fix was AWESOME. They really nailed it.
Stitch Fix Success Tips:
- Give feedback when you check out. What did you like or not like? Be thorough.
- Update your style profile. If you’re like me, you filled it out a long time ago and it may need some updating.
- Create a pinterest board with styles/looks you love and share it with your stylist.
- Be specific about what you do want. Really specific. For example, last time I said I was looking for a camel/neutral color crossbody bag that was a medium size. And look:
The Brooks Crossbody bag they sent me was JUST what I was looking for and only cost $58. I’ve gotten several compliments on it while out and about.
Next up is an outfit I’m obsessed with because let’s be honest, it feels like pajamas…. which may be why I’m sleeping in the picture? So EMO.
I love these leggings (MTLA Kristin Fleece Legging $38) that Stitch Fix sent me because they are fleece and incredibly warm. Like I said, pajamas.
When I put the outfit on in real life I feel pretty cute, but in a picture, I feel like it’s missing something. A necklace? A scarf?
This is when I give up and call my purse an accessory.
But I am open to more legit suggestions.
Finally we have an outfit that really feels like “me.”
Not quite sure what I’m doing with my hands here besides channeling my old cheerleader days, but I feel cozy just looking at this picture. The chunky cable-knit pullover sweater is from Banana Republic, which I think it having a 40% off sale right now if you’re interested! I always hesitate to wear white because kids, but I do adore the fresh look of it.
Chances are if you are my friend in real life you’ve seen me in these outfits on the reg. It’s pretty much my entire closet’s contents, but I am totally open to tweaking/adding/subtracting things so please don’t hesitate to offer suggestions. The only way we grow is through learning about what does and doesn’t work, right?
Do you feel you have a developed sense of style or is it a work in progress?
Do you feel your outfits look different in pictures than in real life?
What are your favorite staple items?