Alright, so today is the day that I dive into it: my personal style transformation... I have wanted to do a full-on Style Transformation analysis for a while now, and here we are.
I thought that, as I reach my ONE YEAR mark on living in New York City, it would be a good time to look back on the last five years and see how I've changed.
Working in fashion, and wanting to for at least a decade, means that My Style means more than just what I wear - but also how I view and express myself and my personality.
I am by no means the coolest, most fashionable person out there - something I've especially realized since moving to NY - but nevertheless, its fun to look back on these things!
I will admit a few things, before I show you the collages....
1. YES, I am aware, and have been since maybe 2012, that I draw a lot of outfit inspiration from the 1980s... Like I said before, my style is an extension of my person[ality] and personally, I friggin' love the 80s. From the music, to the movies, to the fashion. So yeah, I know.
2. I also became painfully aware of my "uniform." Anyone who knows fashion, or honestly anyone who knows another person, knows that people are creatures of habit. We find comfort in familiarity, and often times this is expressed by how we dress ourselves.
I've known that, since the high-waisted shorts/pants trend came back in about, again, 2012, I realized that this is what I liked to wear. A high-waist silhouette is the most flattering for my body shape, and now, anytime I put on anything low-waisted, or put on a long-line top... well honestly I just can't. EVEN MY LEGGINGS AND JOGGERS ARE HIGH-WAISTED. So I'm really banking on this trend to stick around.
3. People always point out things in stores, or make comments about how something is "my style" or that they knew when I would or wouldn't like something... and I always thought, How do YOU know this, yet I can't describe my own style in three words?? Well, that's changed now that I've looked at my style as a whole, rather than a day-to-day or piece-to-piece thing. I can do boho, athleisure, feminine, masculine/androgynous, streetwear, sporty, dressy, you name it. But the common thread is me, and how I actually wear each style. No matter what "trend" or "look" I'm going for, my style always finds a way to make it more me than everyone else. Which is what I think everyone should know and understand: you don't have to wear the exact same outfit that you see influencers - or whoever - wearing! Make sure you stick to your self, and incorporate new trends and styles into that.
ALRIGHT, so here we go...
2012 - 2014
We are starting in 2013 because that's when I started really using Instagram. I graduated from high school in June, 2013, and began attending a Big 10 college in September, 2013. There were days in HS when I tried to wear something cool, tried to experiment. But most of the time, I was in sweats or leggings (as was everyone else). I honestly didn't care much, by senior year I was just trying to graduate and get out of there! So, when I went to college I told myself that 1. I would never wear sweatpants to class, and 2. That I would experiment more, and wear more out-there pieces. Well, then the Polar Vortex happened and I was wearing layers leggings and sweats, and thermals and sweatshirts, and coats and scarves and hats and gloves. Then summer came & it was back to wearing cute clothes again!
Ok, so top row is when I still lived in Minnesota, and the bottom row (timeline from left to right) is when I moved to Brooklyn, New York. The image with the orange dress is the first picture I took on my new street in Bed-Stuy! It's crazy to think that this was almost one year ago (in about 6 weeks)!!
I think its pretty clear that I've both stepped my game up a bit, while continuing to maintain a sort of uniform... I will never give up my high-waisted silhouette! I think the one thing I've really learned, too, is that I need some non-jean bottoms...