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As they often do, outfits come to me at random times, and only once I try them on do I know if it was a great idea, or a terrible one. This outfit was one of those “great idea” times, but I initially felt pretty certain it wouldn’t work. Not because I didn’t think these pieces were suited to each other, but because I wasn’t sure if I would actually like this type of outfit anymore; that is to say, school-girlish and kind of Lolita.

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I have talked about my style confusion a few times here, and it seems I keep coming back to it because I feel in a transition of sorts. However, putting this outfit on and seeing that it still spoke to me felt a bit like revelation. Sure, I have grown out of certain types of pieces (peter pan collars, I’m looking at you), but that is not the absolute rule. The thing is, there is no rule. I keep feeling like because I am a personal-style blogger, I have a duty to stick to what I have always purported to be, and that wearing anything outside of my style wheelhouse would potentially  hurt my brand. But, after doing much thinking and really taking in the styles of bloggers and IRL people I feel most connected to, the ones that spoke to me most were the ones that kind of wear whatever the hell they want. There is always a way of making everything you wear feel like you, while also being able to actually wear whatever you want.

Like some much in life, we slap a label on it and feel frustrated if that label is not 100% accurate; well, it must be full of shit or a lie then! But nothing in life is that black and white, and it shouldn’t have to be. Humans are messy and confusing and ever-changing and those qualities should reflect all things, even something as silly as the things we wear. And they often do, and that’s okay. The differences and the inconsistencies are the interesting parts, we should embrace that about ourselves and others more, it would probably feel somewhat freeing.

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Skirt: Jcrew via Common Sort | Blouse: thrifted | Vest: vintage via SugarSlax | Scarf: vintage via Common Sort | Shoes: H&M | Ring c/o Good After NineLarkspur Vintage | LabelsLarkspur Vintage | LabelsLarkspur Vintage | LabelsLarkspur Vintage | LabelsLarkspur Vintage | LabelsLarkspur Vintage | LabelsLarkspur Vintage | Labels

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My Aversion

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I have never felt particularly comfortable in skinny jeans. Non-skirt wearing people always assume wearing a dress or skirt is uncomfortable, but that has never really been the case for me. Physically, yeah, a skirt probably could feel uncomfortable to some – depending on it’s length, fabric and silhouette – but for me, they have always been the garments I feel most comfortable in. Comfort when it comes to clothes doesn’t only have to be about the physical aspect, certain garments just make us feel better mentally, and for me, dresses and skirts have always maintained that level of comfort in my ol’ brain. Pants, and particularly skinny jeans, have never made me feel all that comfortable, mentally speaking; I have always likened my legs to sausages when I wear them (we are all mean to ourselves sometimes). But then high-rise pants/jeans rose to popularity and my comfort level with jeans moved up a couple notches.

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For over a decade, when it comes to pants, I have exclusively worn high-rise. So, it’s weird that I bought mid-rise denim jeans, right?! V weird. To be honest, I brought them into the fitting room thinking they were high-rise, but once I tried them on, and quickly realized they were mid-rise, I didn’t totally hate them. I’m kind of forcing myself to try new things…like wear mid-rise jeans, even though I’ve had an aversion to them for years…you know, just little things, but things I have abstained from for a long time because I felt like they didn’t suit me or my style. If I’m being honest though, I don’t love them as much as I would if they were high-rise, and even while editing these images I felt myself wincing at the way I looked in them. So I don’t know what conclusions to draw from this experiment in personal style and in a way, self acceptance. I was initially drawn to these jeans because I like indigo denim, a lot, and for that reason alone I wear them often, but I don’t think I’m totally sold on mid-rise. And that’s okay. We all have our preferences, and sometimes it’s good to try something different; maybe we can change our own minds, or maybe it’s a reminder of the reasons why we prefer what we prefer.

Have you ever tried a particular piece that you have strayed away from for years? Did you have a change of heart? Hate it? Let me know in the comments below.

– WHAT I WORE –
Blouse c/o Larmoni (similar) | Jeans: H&M | Belt: vintage
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A Little Contrast

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I originally tried to shoot this dress last weekend, but it was far too cold and windy and I ended up with no decent images to work with. Some outfits never see the light of day (of this blog) when that happens (although, it doesn’t happen much), but I knew I had to reshoot on a warmer day to get some good shots of this dress, and you can probable see why. It’s such a simple and classic idea – black dress with contrasting white collar – but it has some details about it that really make it stand out, imho. I had been searching for a dress like it – that’s to say, an easy black dress with a white contrast collar – it felt like a no brainer that I would pick this one, but what really sold me on this piece was the trumpet sleeves and peplum hem. Trumpet sleeves are fun as heck! But rather impractical in the winter when you have to bury them under layers. I’d been waiting quite awhile to shoot this one, so as to avoid needing a coat while shooting, which I obviously jumped the gun last weekend and paid dearly for it (I was just really cold. I’m dramatic). But clearly I lived to tell the tale and was able to share this dress with ya’ll.

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Olive has some pretty awesome pieces in their shop and I’m happy to be able to share this brand with you because I love, I think, almost every piece they have available in their shop, which is rare for me (that sounds gross pretentious, but I’m picky). Be sure to check them out!

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Dress c/o Olive | Tights: old | Shoes: H&M
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Outfit: Beatnik

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Unintentionally, this outfit ended up seeming quite inspired by the Beat Generation – Breton stripes, beret, turtleneck, loafers, whole lotta black – a term coined by Kerouac in the late 40s to describe his group of non-conforming literary peers. To be honest, there was no real uniform for this subculture of “beaten down” youth (read: hipsters) of the 50s-mid 60s. The outfits likeness to this subculture is only really inspired by a caricature (read: stereotype) version of a beatnik. But it’s kind of a fun and interesting style trope none the less. Fun because it looks so damn cool, and interesting because it’s so universally understood; even if you know absolutely nothing about beatnik culture, it’s “style” still influences many outfits and trends today.

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Aside from any perceived influence this outfit may have, I mostly wanted to showcase my knapsack, which I have been carrying around with me everyday since I got it. It’s pretty wonderful to have full use of both arms while out and about, a feeling I didn’t realize I was missing all these years being a religious purse carrier. Now I’m hoping I can find a wee bit smaller one, of similar style, in black…so if you spot any on the wide web (or in store), please let this gal know!

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Shirt & Shoes: H&M | Pinafore: c/o Mod Dolly | Coat: thrifted | Backpack: F21 | Beret: vintage | necklace: giftLarkspur Vintage | Outfit: BeatnikLarkspur Vintage | Outfit: BeatnikLarkspur Vintage | Outfit: BeatnikLarkspur Vintage | Outfit: BeatnikLarkspur Vintage | Outfit: BeatnikLarkspur Vintage | Outfit: Beatnik

Outfit: Eye of The Beholder

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Having a photographer boyfriend (who doesn’t take my pics, btw…I feel quite strongly about doing everything myself), I’ve become much more aware of the images I am shooting, how I am editing them and what ones I share. I am so far from being a skillful photographer and editor – I’m constantly working at that, trying to improve it, trying to give an honest depiction of myself and what I’m wearing, while also creating a striking image with bright, vibrant colours. It’s hard, to say the least. I have taught myself everything, all on my own up until this point. But now I have someone who can give me feedback and explain why something works and why it doesn’t, how to create the best possible image…if you are looking for a technically perfect image, that is. This is where I find photography to be so subjective. Because what I may think is a beautiful image may look absolutely flawed to someone else’s eye. Does a technically perfect image make the best picture? And if not, what does make the best picture? Do we feel cheated when an image is clearly over-saturated and over-exposed? Do we think the blogger is being dishonest and trying to deceive us? Or are they just working with what skill they have and what they think makes a good image? It’s hard to say. I like pictures that create a feeling more than something that looks absolutely perfect (if I’m being honest, I don’t know what is perfect in photography). But, I can absolutely feel moved by both. Anyways, I don’t have answers for any of these questions. As in all art (and beauty), it’s in the eye of the beholder, I believe. I feel incredibly lucky to have such a talented person at my disposal; I see myself improving day by day, gaining knowledge, while also becoming aware of what I think makes a good image. It’s important to always maintain your voice, even if others tend to disagree with it, but being open to change and growth is never a bad thing.

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Blouse, Cardigan, Coat, Shoes: thrifted | Skirt & Hat: Common Sort | Tights & Gloves: H&M | Bow tie: handmade
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