I used to go out of my way to grab the latest trendy item, usually at as low a price as possible. I had church clothes, school-dress-code clothes, sports clothes, weekend clothes. I had about 50 style icons and somehow my wardrobe reflected a bit of each one – Meg Ryan, Audrey Hepburn, Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, some Jane Austen character, my older cousin, that senior in my high school who had a different outfit every day.
My closet had an identity crisis.
In the decade that has passed, I’ve narrowed my style influences. My Pinterest styleboard has given me a visual of the broad overview of my style and the ability to pinpoint details.
I usually buy pieces, not outfits. I believe – in my house and in my wardrobe – if I like each item individually, there should be some cohesiveness in the end. And essentially that cohesiveness is what uniquely makes up “me.” More than that, it is what makes up “us” since my family has certainly impacted my style. My husband is the reason I love to wear soccer pants on weekends and our house is mostly a mixture of blues, black and grey. My kids are the reason I choose machine-washable cottons and my excuse to brighten up our house with a smattering of vintage Fisher Price toys. Growing up with brothers is the reason I stick to a fairly basic tomboy color palette of grey, black, navy, and white.
I like being a fairly low-maintainence girl. The reason the styling session I described HERE, met my needs is because I stayed within my style boundaries while creating work-able outfits. I like being a girl with simple, dependable style.
See my first outfit styled, HERE.