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July 14, 2016 No Comments

Finding Style

July 14, 2016 No Comments

Surprisingly, my summer capsule has helped me connect with my style more than ever. Maybe it’s because of the extremely hot weather but I am more attuned to what does not feel right on my body and what I do not feel confident in.

In my mind I had a plan for how this was going to work. I had done several methods & rounds of planning out my summer capsule but it seems that I inevitably went off course. I’ve always been the kind of person that will work towards something and then all of a sudden it clicks without any real reason. My style is one of those areas where it is finally starting to click. Maybe it’s just that I struggle with abstract concepts but style takes tons of work. In concept it sounds so easy, 1. Hold up item 2. Do I like this? 3. Yes or No but it’s really much more. For example I love looking at bright colors. Peacocks, flowers, rainbows all awesome. But I don’t feel great wearing bright colors. So in the past I’d go shopping with my friends and see a bright turquoise tribal print summer dress and it would be such a pretty color that I would buy it. But it really doesn’t fit in with my mostly neutral tones, over sized & laid back style. So for the tribal print dress that’s a beautiful shade of turquoise in my closet, I’m sorry but I probably will be selling you at some point. Or maybe re-purpose? That might be a fun area to explore!

So in this post I wanted to talk specifically about dresses. Somehow, in an unplanned way, I’ve started to dissect every category of clothing I have and gone through an exercise of “Is this me?”, “Do I feel good wearing it?”, & “Is it comfortable to wear?”

And unfortunately for this heart dress that was originally planned in my summer capsule it didn’t not answer “yes” to any of those questions. The straps were a little too long on me so my strapless bra would show in the back. The heart print was a little too busy for my liking even though they are in neutral tones. It just felt a little to cheetah-y. And the cut was also just a little too low for my personal comfort.

I do like how the dress flows and the high-low hem but overall it just doesn’t fit.

And now enters the dress that is completely me. Slightly over sized fit, a great & comfortable fabric, modest neckline/hemline and a solid color – not to mention it has awesome pockets! So out goes the heart dress and in comes the new.

I know that part of this exercise is shopping less. And I want to get there. But as of right now I’m really trying to get my style right and invest in those items that will help me get to a “shop even less” phase – I keep saying this but I promise a “How I Afford my Wardrobe” post is coming soon!

Pairing this dress with one of my favorite shoes & clutch from Primecut was just so easy and made me feel beautiful for my date night!

I do strongly believe there are days where putting on a t-shirt and jeans is necessary and needed. But I love the feeling of putting on an outfit that is put together and 100% you. The ultimate goal is to feel great in your own skin and clothes!

Outfit: only child x style bee linen blend dress (they still have some left!) / coclico rose wedge sandal / primecut salt & pepper clutch / ray-ban sunglasses / the horse watch

*happy to say this whole outfit was sustainably made minus the ray-bans 🙂

At some point I’ll share more of a deep dive of how I’m getting to my style and fill out a style profile but I don’t have it perfected yet. So when I do you’ll be the first to know 🙂

Cheers!
Allison

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