As a lifestyle blogger, I used to get nervous when asked to define my personal style. You’d think I have a really tight grip on what my personal style is as a blogger, right? For the longest time I had a hard time defining my personal style particularly because of blogging. Seems confusing, but I’ll get into that more later. In todays post I wanted to share with you all how I define my personal style throughout all the different trends. Personally, being able to define my style helped me be a more conscious shopper and has even improved my blogging!
In the style blogging scene, most bloggers are very quick to adopt trends. Full time style bloggers have to keep up with trends because it’s how they make their money through sponsored posts and affiliate links. The downside of this is you always have to buy new things. I personally can’t justify it because I try really hard to reduce my waste and be fiscally responsible. (Key word: try)
What I’ve learned in the past few years of being part style blogger is you don’t have to consume like crazy to create regular content. You also don’t have to adopt every single new trend. I tried to do this in college and I ended up with tons of wasted clothing that I didn’t wear more than a few times. I can’t tell you how many nearly new items I’ve sold or donated! It took me a while to finally learn that my personal style and relatively minimal approach to consumption was perfectly fine for my blog. With a little bit of creativity, I’m able to rewear a lot of items and just style them in different ways.
Defining My Style in 3 Words
In three words, I would describe my personal style as simple, comfortable, and timeless. These are fairly broad words but these themes are consistent across all of my outfits. Even when I tend to wear something more feminine and soft versus a more edgy look, it always has some element of these three words. Although my taste in clothing will inevitably change throughout my life, these elements of my style are for life. I will always favor comfort, always prefer something timeless rather than trendy, and prefer simplistic over extravagant.
This month, I received a few pieces from J.Jill’s September collection and one of the items is this classic chambray shirt dress. It’s the perfect piece to reflect my personal style. Not to mention, I just love anything chambray AND with pockets. The soft Tencel blend is amazingly thick yet soft and is the perfect outfit for both play and work. I added a neutral belt and looped it to create a fun detail. Since the dress is right above my knee, I decided to wear wedges with a tall heel to give my legs some length. Fun fact: I wore these wedges in my high school senior photos back in 2011. This many years later, I am wearing them again. They’re not particularly trendy and just fairly neutral shoes but definitely my style. Buying items that can be described with the three words I chose to define my style with help with the longevity of the item in my wardrobe.
Hope you all had a good Labor Day weekend! I actually had quite a few plans with friends in Seattle but the opportunity arose for me to go home and visit my family. It’s always nice to be babied at home and spend time with my family now that I don’t live with them. Unfortunately the fires in the Columbia Gorge area have been spreading and the air quality has been terrible. Really hoping for some rain soon!! (That’s something you don’t hear me say often.)