Where My Personal Style Came From
Believe it or not, I did not come out of the womb in a fabulous outfit!
It’s taken me years or trial & error (lots of error) to find clothes that I like and express my personal style.
Lucky for you, my best and worst looks from the last 30 years have been captured on film so I’m going to share those with you in a video!
My Style Evolution Story
What I Wore In The 1990s
My mom was my first personal stylist but as soon as I could grasp the concept of getting dressed, there was no stopping me from changing my outfit multiple times a day.
I enjoyed all the patterns that the ’90s had to offer like fruit, floral, polka dots, and stripes. Most of them I still wear to this day!
But one thing I’d never wear again is stir-up pants. They’re an equestrian style that somehow crossed over into mainstream fashion back in the day. I hope they never come back!
Some of my strongest style memories from when I was a kid was meticulously folding over my tall socks. My friends and I would even have mini competitions to see who could fold theirs the best!
What I Wore In The 2000s
I was a pretty typical teen and spent my time in baggy jeans and over-sized t-shirts. My biggest influences were my older brother’s skater lifestyle and the iconic Avril Lavigne.
One time I dressed as a pirate (ok, it happened more than once) and my friend commented that with my heavy, smudged eyeliner, I looked just like Avril herself. I about died!
My decision to wear ill-fitting clothes as a plus-size teen was just a poor fashion choice and not a reflection of how I felt about my body. I actually loved being plus-size!
What I Wore In The Early 2010’s
After a life spent thrifting, it finally occurred to me that I had access to any style I could ever want to try so I did a lot of fashion exploration in my late teens and early 20’s.
Because I was plus size, it was easiest to obtain vintage clothes as most of the donors were older women. This faired well for me because I was obsessed with the 1980s and naturally drawn to being modest.
Something most people don’t know is that I didn’t try wearing red lipstick until I was 20. It quickly became a staple with my vintage-inspired looks! (I also started my first fashion blog when I was 18 which is why these outfits are so well documented.)
What I’ll Be Wearing In The Future
Now at the age of 29, I describe my personal style as colorful with an edge. I want to wear clothes that make me feel good and are fun to look at!
But even more than that, I’ve really gravitated towards creating a conscious closet that can easily be mixed and matched. I do this by shopping second hand because I can get a unique look without a hefty price tag. It’s just a bonus that thrift shopping helps give back in our communities and is good for the environment.
So I guess you could say that the future is thrift!