collared shirt: c/o sugarlips // shirt: borrowed // belt/shoes: target // shorts: modcloth
(remind me to never do expansions on photos when I'm really tired ... ouch.)
Pretty sure that I'm the worst "personal style" blogger out there. It seems to me that most bloggers to one extent or another love fashion, follow the trends and upcoming collections, know about different fashion time periods, can distinguish different fits and flares and fabrics of pieces, and so on and so forth. But Lauren over here, I don't have a clue about anything in the fashion world. I couldn't tell you anything about 60's fashion or what collar is on a dress. It's probably worse that I don't particularly care about knowing it. Not saying that it's bad to know it, because I have good friends studying fashion and I know it's an important part of society, but it's just something I've never been particularly passionate about. I guess that's where I kind of get to cheat as a personal style blogger, because what I wear is my own personal style and not necessarily popular fashion from a different era. Since growing up in a constant strict dress code, I never really had a huge opportunity to explore different things. I do remember once in junior high, buying my very first blazer and really loving it, but being too embarrassed about "dressing up" to wear it to school, so that embarrassment of dressing differently didn't help matters either. It wasn't really until senior year, and mostly freshman year of college that I got to explore what I liked and what I didn't like. My friends in college are my biggest style influences, not only because I can see how fashionably they dress, but also because I can then borrow the pieces that they style and work them into my own wardrobe.
Just take this red and blue shirt, for example. It's my beautiful roommate's shirt (hey girl hey. I know you're creeping on me right now.), she totally rocks this shirt every time she wears it, and often wears it over dresses. So I took her guidance and did it as well in this outfit. This time around, I tried to do my own thing and be super matchy with my shorts, and it turned out being one of my favorite outfits to date! It's important to be inspired by other people's styles, but it's even more important to incorporate it into your own style. I love being able to wear my friends' clothes to see what works well with my body and what I feel confident in. Also I decided not to switch out my shoes just for outfit photos, because I basically wear these shoes all the time. Even though they don't really "go" with the outfit, it's what I wore all day and it's just a very "Lauren" thing of me to do. Always have your style be very you. It doesn't matter if it's the latest trend, or if it's a perfect representation of 60's or 70's styles, as long as you are confident in what you're wearing, then that's all that matters.
Have a beautiful day!
p.s. one of my style inspirations just posted an outfit similar to this, and it made me really excited that I achieved her level of awesomeness. (But for the record, I've had this post sitting in blogger for a couple days, so it was totally coincidence that we have similar outfits.)