This fall, I’ve been really interested in pushing against my style boundaries and expressing the bold side of my personal style. So of course, this means I’ve been intaking lots of information on the subject through books, YouTube videos, Substacks — you name it! It’s been fun and invigorating!
I’ve been particularly drawn to the styling concept of “elevating” an outfit. The idea is, you start with an unremarkable outfit you would usually wear and then swap out a few pieces, transforming an average outfit into something distinctive. You might swap casual shoes for a statement ballet flat, add vintage jewelry, wear a colorful handbag, add a belt, etc.
But I think I’m at that critical tipping point where inspiration becomes inspiration overload. I’m like, can we just chill for a minute on trying to elevate everything?
So I’m happily backing off just a bit and retreating to my most familiar outfit.
It may be ordinary, but if you look closely, you’ll see glimmers of my personal style — sporty (shorts), casual (Birkenstocks, canvas tote), and a little bit modern/minimal (sculptural earrings).
Could I have made some swaps to elevate the outfit? Sure. But I didn’t want to. I just wanted a comfortable, functional errand-running outfit. I wanted the outfit to feel like me, but I didn’t need it to feel like fashion.
So, just a reminder: you can enjoy fashion and be utterly enamored with it — and yet that doesn’t mean that every outfit has to serve.
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James Avery Foxtail Chain Necklace (wearing 18in)
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