Let’s get this confession out of the way right off the bat. My ideal outfit is a comfy, crazy printed dress and no shoes. While it’s true I love all things luxurious (think silk, think embroidery, think lovely soft leather) I’ve always felt more comfortable working near the glamour than living in it.
As a design student I spent a lot of time cultivating a design aesthetic without taking the time to consider what my personal style was all about. The result is a crazy closet mash up. Look inside and you will find a pinch of print (a large pinch,) a foundation of white and black basics, and a few coveted items (my great grandma’s costume necklace, a beaded handbag, that navy lace dress, my mom’s old 70’s denim jacket with the little mushrooms embroidered on the pocket.)
What are my fashion influences? Well, these are the facts:
- I was born and raised in a small town in eastern NC. Easter dresses (and hats and gloves,) peter pan collars, and well stocked dress up closets were my bread and butter. As were sparkly bathing suits, acid wash hand me down denim, and jelly sandals.
- My college years were spent in Raleigh NC learning about all things fiber and fashion. Cue an uptick in black, uptight, designer-esq looks that mark a definite phase in my fashion history. Peppered, of course, with all the necessary “going out” outfits and my staple- desperately tired, flannel heavy looks.
- My most stylish moments you ask? A tie between the time Becca and I went as “the universe” for Halloween and the to-die-for beaded dress I haggled down to my price range and wore to my first ever fashion show. See photographs below.
- Recently, I’ve relocated to another planet. That planet is Southern California. My major struggles here center around whether red lipstick is “too much” for daytime and if it is acceptable to wear cut off shorts to work.
So I guess you might describe my style as prim southern girl meets designer aspirations meets laid back Californian lifestyle.
Here’s another confession: I’m no fashion guru. I’m just a normal girl trying to find my inner style sweet spot. If you read along I can’t always promise it will be glamourous. I can, however, promise that I will- without shame- try all the crazy hats, hot pink lipsticks, and be-feathered items I come across and write about all the awkward and maybe (just maybe) fashionable moments that ensue.
Top Image: Fly Art; Bottom Images: My own