I think it’s safe to say that my style has changed drastically since I started blogging last August. To everyone, I was known as “the preppy girl” and this made me unique, especially because I live in the Pacific Northwest where prepsters are few and far between. However, throughout the past eight months, my style has gone from preppy to quirky to Parisian to girly and, most recently, to sporty.
It can sometimes be tough to undergo a “style transition.” Part of me wanted to keep wearing my boat shoes and button downs, but another part of me wanted to explore new textures like mesh and leather. Sometimes I still gravitate toward anchor printed clothes and nautical stripes, while other times I gravitate toward graphic tees and holographic accessories.
Throughout this all, I’ve learned that it’s impossible to put yourself, or your style, in a box. It’s important to recognize that we are all constantly changing: our personalities, our interests, our friends, our grades, and even our fashion sense. Last year, I confined myself and didn’t let my creativity soar; I was convinced that I had to dress preppy. It’s only recently that I’ve let go of all style labels. I am not preppy, I am not sporty, I am not girly, I am not boho. I am Clare, and I dress however I want.
My advice: Buy what you want. Wear interesting and weird clothes. Follow your instinct when getting dressed every morning. Wear what’s comfortable to you: for some people that’s a sweatshirt and leggings and for others, it’s a pair of studded shoes and an oversized dress. And I know it’s easier said than done, but don’t care about what other people think of your outfit. If you’re happy with your style, your confidence will radiate and others will admire your ability to be yourself.
I’ve never really done a more personal post like this before, so make sure to let me know in the comments if you liked it and want to see more!