Today's post is all about personal style and I'm not even really sure where to start. Trying to define my personal style is difficult. I'm a little bit boho, a smidge quirky and a whole lot of me. ;)
I think that as women we compare ourselves to each other A LOT... especially when it comes to appearances. I stopped comparing my "style" to others after high school when I found my own personal style and confidence in dressing how I wanted. I think I must have worn one too many prom dresses that I really didn't love just because they were what everyone else was wearing that year :) I'd always been a little more bold in style, but had stifled my own personal style a bit for the purpose of conformity. Oh, high school. Weren't you fun ;)
When it comes to picking clothes, I pick clothing styles and silhouettes that I love and that I feel best in. I know that if I love it I'll wear it often and feel great in it - if I have hesitations in the fitting room chances are it won't get picked off the hanger at home. I feel the most confident and joyful when I'm in something that I love.
Most of what I buy I buy to wear to work and then on the weekends as well. Our staff dress code is pretty relaxed (hallelujah! When I worked in marketing at a bank I had to wear panty hose!!!) and our principal tends to focus more on our classroom instruction than our wardrobe :)
So, on with the clothes!!! I was going to show you lots of pictures of me actually showing my style, but unfortunately, most of what I've been wearing has sold out. SOOOO.... instead I'm going to show you lots of things that fit into my style.
I LOVE me some Free People! I do find that you have to weed through some "misses" to find the gems, but what helps me is that on the actual Free People site lots of people post pictures of themselves in the clothes. That will often give me a better idea of fit/length/etc. since I'm probably a solid 8" shorter than the models ;)
You can find Free People at Nordstrom and other stores, but the selection is usually REALLY limited compared to what is on the actual Free People site. Free People can be expensive, but I find myself reaching for my pieces that are this brand more than any other and have gotten years of wear out of several of their pieces.
Right now I am LOVING several of their embroidered pieces. This dress needs to be in my closet ASAP. The embroidery is perfection and I love the light, gauzy feel. I would pair this with flip flops for the weekend and some cute wedges or clogs for school/church. I haven't fully bought into the whole gladiator sandal thing, but I think this pair would be perfection.
This embroidered dress is GORGEOUS as well, but I'd have to wear a cami or slip under it to wear it to work.
I love how light and airy this dress is and I could totally see it over leggings with a jacket in the Fall.
The color of this top is PERFECT and it would be fantastic paired with white jeans.
And speaking of white jeans, I'd pair this embroidered top with them as well.
This tunic is 1/3 of the normal price and so cute!
While Free People has been what I've been gravitating toward lately, I haven't completely abandoned Anthropologie. I feel like I can pretty easily figure out my size with Free People (small 99% of the time), but since Anthropologie carries a variety of brands, occasionally sizing can be tricky. I do use the customer reviews as a point of reference and have found them to be really helpful lately.
I mentioned this dress on my Snapchat last week and it finally made it's way into my shopping cart. I can't wait to get it and show it to y'all!
I ordered this top (on sale!) not based on the model pics, but on the submitted review pictures. I think it will be a great staple for all seasons here.
I love the colors and bold check in this top.
And the colors of this dress are way too fun. I also love that it's totally work appropriate and no jacket required!
What's funny is that when I scroll through Anthropologie online and pick out things I like, most of the time they're the same handful of brands... HD In Paris, Holding Horses, Isabella Sinclair, Left of Center and Paper Crown are a few of my favorites.
For pants, I wear cords by Kut from the Kloth all the time for work. I also love Matilda Jane pants, a great pair of white linen pants and Vigoss jeans on the weekends.
I am loving clogs right now and this pair would be a great option for summer since they would pair well with brown as well as black. Essentially, they're two pairs in one :) I'd wear these with dresses as well as cuffed/cropped jeans. They're by Bed Stu which is a FABULOUS brand. So comfy and incredibly well made (I don't have these, but have several other pairs of their shoes).
These clogs are super similar to a couple of pairs that I have...
Right now I'm also wearing flip flops a lot and this pair is my favorite...
Last, but not least, a vital part of my personal style is a great denim jacket. I have LOVED this one for the last few years...
... and am considering getting a darker jacket to go with some of my lighter dresses as well.
So! There you go. Throw on a pair of earrings and an arm full of bracelets and I'm out the door ;)
I hope you enjoyed getting a little taste of my personal style today and now I can't wait to check out yours!
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