Just like people can change, so can style. Since I started blogging in 2014, there has been an evident style evolution on my blog. The fun part has been identifying and defining my style. Having a blog gives me the chance to do that. I treat it like a diary and photo album as I watch my fashion sense evolve, and then share it with all of my devoted readers who draw inspiration from it.
So what inspires me and influenced me to define my style? For a while, I relied heavily on foreign fashion magazines, especially Porter, Marie Claire UK, Instyle UK, Vogue Paris and UK, and People Stylewatch. I have always felt more driven and inspired by European fashion, particularly the UK (those who know about my history obsession won’t be surprised by that at all!), so that’s why I used to obsess over those magazine subscriptions.
Lately, I’ve also turned to Instagram and Pinterest for more inspiration. After our trip to Europe this past January, I felt like my closet needed an overhaul. I tend to go through my closet every 3 months, but I find a good closet cleaning is the perfect first step to defining my style. For those who will ask, I tend to consign the designer pieces barely worn, sell high end pieces, and donate more worn pieces.
When I first started blogging, my style was actually a smorgasbord. It featured a little bit of everything. It confused me, it confused my readers, and it definitely confused brands. After years as a model where my fashion sense was mainly tank tops and skinny jeans for castings, and then after spending a year as Miss USA where I had stylists picking out my clothes for me and telling me what to wear, I pretty much went through a style identity crisis. I was actually having difficulty defining my style.
JOA top, Milly skirt (similar here; also love this one and this one), Serena & Lily belt (last seen here, similar here), Schutz heels (on sale here), Nannacay bag (I also have one in red; also love the rainbow version and orange version), Celine sunglasses (old, similar here)
Over the last few months, especially during my site redesign and rebranding, I finally came to the ultimate conclusion of what my style is. My style is romantic, feminine, and bold. While I feel like I have always been dressing myself to reflect that, it’s really hit me this past year that that’s my true aesthetic and not shy away from it. As a blogger, I feel a lot more honest with my own readers knowing that I am dressing for me now and what I feel is my true sense of style. I am sure as the years go on with this site, my style will evolve. That is pretty inevitable, but it’ll always be romantic, feminine, and bold.
Photos by Torrance Coombs.