My style has definitely evolved over the past 15 years or so. I went from the poor University student look of jeans and t-shirt to more fitted jeans and t-shirt look to a now more sophisticated (I hope) busy mom-on-the-go look of skinny jeans, blazer, t-shirt and a statement necklace. What I’ve learned over the years about personal style is that fashion is about you making it work for yourself, your body, your comfort level and your lifestyle. Take animal print for example. It’s huge but I have yet to purchase anything in animal print because I’m not sure it’s my style. If I do decide to purchase something in an animal print, it will most likely be a scarf. Something simple and more to my style. So rather than buying something just for the sake of it being in style, I try to focus on whether or not it represents me!
When I first started this blog my main goal was to show other women and moms that just because you’re a mom it doesn’t mean you can’t dress well. It’s not about wearing the latest fashion, it’s about whatever you put on making you feel good, making you want to leave the house with a smile on your face and feeling proud of how you look. I want to inspire other moms to leave their yoga pants at home and to leave the house feeling pretty instead of frumpy!!! Yes it’s exhausting looking after your kids, your home, your family, working but it’s also important to take care of yourself and it doesn’t mean that you have to look like it.
After I had my son, I made a conscious effort to do my hair, put some make up on and leave the house not in my yoga pants. I felt like shit after having my son!!! I had a c-section, my boobs were sore, my everything was sore, I was exhausted beyond words, and if I would have left the house the way I felt, I would have looked like this:
Instead I chose to put some effort into how I looked and what I wore and I felt better about myself. Yes I struggled with my new body just like any new mom, but I knew that if I made an effort to dress better, I would feel better and then be motivated to get myself back into shape.
So when you’re trying to figure out your personal style take your own life into account, be realistic about your style. For instance I read many blogs where the bloggers wear high heels all the time. Here’s where reality sets in: unless I’m going out, I don’t wear heels! It’s not realistic! In the Summer you may see me in wedges but other than that, my heels are for going out. This is what’s realistic for me: flats, runners and sandals. This is my every day footwear. It would be insane of me to pretend that wearing heels while chasing a toddler is realistic, it’s simple not!!
Where I get my inspiration is from a few celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Kate Middleton.
They represent my style and I like that these two stunning women exemplify women who know what works for them and what doesn’t and they don’t try to be something they are not. Kate has a more classic, preppy style and she dresses like that. You don’t see her wearing the latest craze, straight off of the runway, pretending to be something she is not. Jennifer Aniston is the same way. She has the more girl next door, casual feel to her and that’s how she dresses. Stick to a style that’s you and work with that. It doesn’t mean you can never wear the latest trend, but when you see it, try and see how it can work for you. The key to making it work for you is that you should wear the item, not the item wear you.
So ladies, the next time you see the latest trend in a magazine, before you go out and buy that must-have item, stop and think is this really me? What is my style? If you don’t know, take the time to figure it out. There are a lot of places to draw inspiration from: blogs, magazines, Pinterest, the mall, your friends. I’ll see something in a magazine and think hey I could do that. Then I go look in my closet and see how I can make it work for myself. Here are a few examples of how I’ve done that recently:
None of the above outfits are an exact replica because I made it my own, gave it my own style twist.
So ladies, what’s your personal style? Are you classic, preppy, casual or bohemian? A little bit of a mixture of all of them? Or neither of them? How has your personal style changed? What influences your personal style? Would love to hear your thoughts.
May this blog inspire you to find your own personal style and to have fun with it. Fashion is supposed to be fun, a good way to experiment with what works for you and what doesn’t.
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Happy Friday & Weekend Everyone!!!!!!