Outfit: Sweater (Brickyard Buffalo) / Jeans (MissMe) / Boot cuffs (Target) / Boots (Kohl's)
I don't talk a lot about style here on the blog, mostly because I don't really feel like I have much of one. I mean, obviously everyone has a style, but I don't feel like mine is anything to blog about.
To be honest, I used to be really insecure about my sense of style, and I still am a lot of the time. I spent my high school days dressed in sweatpants, and I specifically remember my mom telling me she was worried about me and that I should at least try to wear jeans sometimes. I consider sophomore year of college to be when I started dressing a little better, because I met and became friends with a couple of girls who were really pretty and dressed cute and who had giant wardrobes, and they let me borrow their clothes because we were all the same size.
I used to really hate shopping, and while I still don't consider shopping to be one of my favorite activities, I've found it's much more enjoyable now that I know more about what type of clothes I like and feel good in. I still feel like I'm not super fashionable and mostly behind on what's currently "in," but then again if wearing leopard print furry booties is in, then I'm okay being out. Typically I buy something new every couple of months (if that), and then once a year I hit up the outlet mall and spend $100 or so on new stuff from one or all of the following: Loft, Banana, Gap, and JCrew.
I'd say my style is best described as "athletic." I am often told that I have an athletic look, this usually by people who are just meeting me and ask if I like to run and/or workout. I want to say, "What tipped you off? My messy bun or my Nike shorts?" Because seriously, 90% of the time, that's what I'm wearing.
When it comes to colors, anything in the red/orange/yellow side of the wheel are a no go for my skin tone. Blues, greens, and purples are the colors I look the best in, and I find myself gravitating toward blacks and grays as well.
I remember when skinny jeans were all the rage. I swore I would never wear them, and now they are my favorite pants to wear. I have a pair of MissMe brand jeans that my mom found at a thrift store for around $30 (they can be $100 and up!). I wear them all. the. time. In the fall and winter, I love pairing skinny jeans with boots and some type of sweater. In the spring, I wear the jeans with flat or flip flops and a t-shirt or light jacket.
^^^ Our Christmas card picture two years ago. Yep, those are the same jeans and boots! Shirt from Banana Republic Outlet. Here is another one of my favorite fall outfits.
I love love love cardigans and scarves. I hate when my neck is cold, and I've found that scarves can serve double duty for keeping me warm and dressing an outfit up or down or just making it look different when you're wearing practically the same thing. Same with cardigans. If you need proof, see: below.
Jeans: MissMe / Cardigans: (left) Target, (right) American Eagle / Shirts: (left) Target tank top, (right) Old Navy t-shirt / Scarf: Old Navy
In case, you couldn't tell, I am a cheapwad when it comes to spending money on clothes, and I don't mind wearing the same thing over and over. (Remember when I bought a total of like 10 new things for my entire pregnancy wardrobe? Yeah.) Stitch Fix is huge in the blog world, and in case you don't know what that is, it's a monthly subscription box where a stylist chooses clothes and mails them to you to try. I would totally try it, but I absolutely cannot get over the outrageous cost of the clothes. I'm not at all judging anyone who gets Stitch Fix boxes, but the day I spend $80 on a pair of pants is the day I start using emojis and messing up my use of you're and your. What I'm saying is that it ain't gonna happen.
It shouldn't surprise you that one thing I absolutely will shell out the $$ for is athletic gear. I have two Under Armor long-sleeved, half-zip running shirts that I bought from Dick's for $50 each, and they are 100% worth the money. (Full disclosure: I had a gift card so I didn't technically spend my own money on them but still. I would not hesitate to buy another or recommend them to anyone.) Another problem area are sweatpants and sweatshirts. They call to me. Say my name, say my name.
I have my mother's giant calves, so there is definitely a preferable length with it comes to dresses and skirts. If they hit right about the knee, it's usually perfect. (See also the dress I wore to my brother's wedding a few weeks ago!) I like higher necklines and am careful about cleavage. I also prefer dresses that hide a normal bra. Strapless bras just don't work for me and are just plain dumb. Bras in general are dumb but also necessary, so I can't complain too much. At least we aren't wearing corsets anymore!
So that's a little bit about my style. It has definitely evolved over time, but a few things have stayed the same:
1) I like neutrals and blues/greens
2) I feel most comfortable in jeans/sweatpants and t-shirts/sweatshirts
3) I like to layer (so I have cardigans and scarves in almost every color)
p.s. I am not wearing makeup in about half of the above photos. I do wear it sometimes, but I also fully believe you are still beautiful even if you don't wear makeup.
What colors do you look best in?
What one word or phrase would you use to describe your style?
What types of clothes do you feel more comfortable in?