Recently a fashion marketing company I’m working with emailed me and asked me to list some words that describe my style. It’s a simple question, but I wasn’t sure how to answer. That’s almost as bad as a new acquaintance asking “so tell me about yourself,” and forcing you to sum up your entire image in a few sentences. How do I want to present myself? I’m sophisticated sometimes but usually my priority is to be comfortable. I like trendy, new fashion but also vintage styles. How do I want to define myself, my blog, and my brand?
I sent a few of my closest friends a text and asked them to describe my style, and there was a lot of overlap in the words they used, which was reassuring. One word that stood out to me was “classic.”
When I was younger I liked to take fashion risks and wear purple eyeshadow. It was a crucial part of discovering what “worked” for me and what didn’t. I started to understand what clothes and colors flattered my body, made me feel comfortable, and reflected how I felt. And now that I’ve experimented, I stick to what works. One of my favorite classic combinations is denim and black, whether it’s black jeans and a t-shirt or a dress. What is your favorite classic combination to wear?
Dress: Old Navy / Jacket: H&M / Shoes: ASOS / Bag: Fossil / Necklace: Speakable
Fashion week has come and gone in New York, and now we all know what to wear this coming spring 2016 (and it’s probably nothing from future presidential candidate Kanye West’s collection). For once it’s not florals on top of florals, and instead, for what I suspect is the first time in history, the fashion forecast and the weather forecast are the same: blue skies and puffy, white clouds.
Yes, friends, my time has finally come. Those of you who know me or follow my Instagram know I really, really love clouds. I love wearing clothes with cloud patterns or even just in white and blue colors that resemble the sky. This is a trend that has yet to catch on and makes me seem a little eccentric. But while I was in Paris this spring, I spotted a dress in a boutique that was covered in a cloud print, and I knew it was only a matter of time before New York picked up on it.
And here we are. The Mara Hoffman Ready-To-Wear Spring 2016 collection is the stuff of my dreams. In addition to flowy, white dresses and psychedelic rainbow patterns, the designer dressed many of her models – and even her adorable family! – in head-to-toe cloud print. I love everything about this collection and can’t wait until I can get my hands on it!
Photo Credit: Mara Hoffman
I’m not going to say I started this trend, but . . . here I am at fashion week last year in September 2014. 😉
I’ve never considered myself a hat person. I actually really hate hats. My grandma, a true southern belle, always bought me huge sunhats with big flowers on them that I would wear for exactly the amount of time it took her to take a picture, and then toss on the ground.
But last week I saw a girl in the West Village with shoulder-length brown hair wearing a cute little black sunhat, and I caught a glimpse of myself this summer strolling through a Parisian market and wearing a sunhat. I decided to get a cheap one from Forever 21 just in case I really couldn’t pull it off. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that hats are okay. I even wore a baseball cap to a Yankees game a few weeks ago and it was great.
The point of this is that I refused to wear hats, not because I didn’t like how they looked but because I thought I wasn’t a “hat person.” I think a lot of the time we let the idea of how we should be, or what we want to be, or how we think we should act, overwhelm who we actually are. This applies to every aspect of life, not just fashion, but I think it’s particularly evident in how we dress. We say things like “I can’t pull that off,” or “it looks good on you but not on me.” And it’s true that there are certain clothes that flatter some body times better than others. You should always dress in a way that makes you feel comfortable and beautiful. But don’t let something as silly as a trend dictate what you should wear.
Speaking of dressing comfortably, jumpsuits are clearly the best. They’re ridiculously comfortable and every time I wear this one people compliment me and I can pretend like I put effort into getting dressed that day. Read my classmate Brenna’s hilarious post on why we should all wear jumpsuits every day.
Jumpsuit: I got it years ago and I don’t remember where, but H&M has a similar one here // Hat: Forever 21 // Bag: Fossil