The other day I received a message from a media publication asking me to participate in a photo shoot to be featured on their website. To say I was elated would be just the tiniest bit of an understatement! Giddy, smiling, and a bit nervous or intimidated? Check, check, and check.
When I mentioned this to M, he told me he thought it was cool. And with some trepidation, he also said something like “I’m not trying to be mean, but you’re not SUPER stylish…. (with hesitant eyes wondering if that would get him in trouble).” Remember I said he is very honest with me? So that’s a little proof.
But it didn’t upset me at all. Because he’s totally right. And really, that’s a bit why I write this blog. I’m not a style maven, and my About page confirms this. But when I’m reading blogs or searching on Pinterest for inspiration about what to wear to my normal, every day job on a random Tuesday, I’m not looking to wear the most expensive and trendy pieces all the time. I just want a normal everyday look for a normal everyday girl that isn’t frumpy or dumpy but sharp and pulled together. And in my search for inspiration like this, I found limited options. So I chose to set forth on my own journey to learn to be more stylish and, in the process, share that with so many others who might be looking for similar style inspiration as me.
My everyday, “mundane” take on style called attention to itself the other day when I read this article from Who What Wear about certain items that fashion icons currently wear. I scrolled through the article and thought of each of the five things, “I don’t even want the cheap version of those?! I would never wear that!” But in the fashion world, these were the leaders, the moves and shakers.
This realization further confirmed that I’m no fashion genius or style icon. Further, I don’t want to be. I don’t feel comfortable wearing those items. They don’t really work for my everyday life, and I certainly can’t afford them nor do I want to max out my credit cards chasing them down. In general, I have thought to take loose inspiration from style leaders. But in this particular case, I just don’t see any of these five items influencing much of what I wear on a daily basis. Fashion failure? Who knows. Maybe. But I’ll stick to my guns and be true to myself and my personal style.
On that note, after reading the aforementioned article, I clicked through to a related article about high boots. I do kind of like this trend and wonder if I could make it work for me. It might be a little fashion forward for my office, but maybe I can find a way to make it work at work. At the very least, couldn’t I wear above-the-knee boots under a pencil skirt and have it appear as a seamless cover of my legs (essentially creating the same look of tights)? It sounds like it’s time to experiment.
So as I prepared for my photo shoot, you can trust that I was crazy nervous! Why did they pick me? I’m totally not qualified for this? I can barely get myself dressed in the morning let alone hold myself out to be someone who can offer guidance or ideas to others, right?
But maybe that’s not the case. I don’t know much about the latest purse accessories (they’re a thing) and I won’t be wearing the hottest, trendiest poncho anytime soon. But I have spent the last three years or so educating myself (reading and listening and reading some more about anything personal style and blog related on which I can get my hands) that maybe I have developed a little body of knowledge that I can share with personal style newbies?And I do have ten years of experience getting dressed for a real office setting requiring fairly traditional business casual. Is that worth something? I’m not your up-to-the-minute style icon with breaking news about the latest developments from Fashion Week. But we don’t all need that news. Or at least it’s not the only news most of us need. I’m guess I’m just here to be a relatable sounding board for that everyday girl pulling together a fun and wearable outfit from her regular ol’ closet for another day at the office.