If you follow me on Instagram you already saw this outfit, which is what I wore on Friday. It was hot, and I wanted to wear this dress, but I wasn’t excited to show my legs/knees, so I threw it over these jeans (thanks also to a bit of a nudge from a friend with whom I was discussing styling challenges for this dress). I used to do this more frequently, wear a dress with jeans, but haven’t in awhile for one reason or another. Most of the time, the dresses I own aren’t short enough to wear with jeans, and since I’m short, total outfit proportion is crucial to getting an outfit to “work.”
Anyway, I loved it, and felt very “playful” which is rather unusual for me; in case you didn’t know, I’m pretty serious.
As I wore it and went about my business, I was acutely aware of my personal style and what it says about me – here in the suburbs, NO ONE wears anything other than workout wear and/or jeans & t-shirts, so I constantly feel the eyeballs on me.
Honestly, I sort of felt “edgy/modern older (mature??) lady” in this outfit. Not that I feel “old,” but more like I was channeling those ladies I always admire, with the shoulder length gray hair, who KNOW how to dress, and layer Eileen Fisher effortlessly. Or even Eileen Fisher herself. Although I’ve never seen her photographed in a bright color…
Then I was also reminded of Lyn’s (Accidental Icon) beautiful style, and was proud to think of this as something she might wear. If I HAD to choose someone as my style icon, it would be her.
In fact, I’ve been thinking a lot about personal style, capsule wardrobes (UGH), uniforms (hmmm), and have quite a bit more to say about that later, but this week, I’ve also decided to try and have a little more fun – and why not start with what I wear? (Have I mentioned how serious I am?) Incidentally, these Teva flatform sandals lend themselves REALLY well to fun.
How do you have fun with your outfits? Do you have a style icon? or multiple style icons?