Many positive changes have occurred since I started blogging about my personal style a little over a year ago. I have made new friends and connected with a community of people who are passionate about fashion. My husband and I are having a blast scouring the city for cool locations to shoot photos. I lost the baby weight that I carried around for 10 years and beautiful new clothes fill my closet. I dress much more stylishly now than I have in a long time and I’m really getting in touch with my personal style.
Fashion Blogging vs. Personal Style
Blogging inspires me. It excites me. This blog has improved my design abilities in real life and has made me a better dresser too. I no longer just look an image and think “Oh, how pretty”. Instead, I pick it apart. What did the photographer do here? How does the model’s pose set off the garments? How is the background affecting the overall look of the image? How do the accessories improve and refine the look? Then I try to take those observations and work them into my life, outfits, and designs.
I learned quickly when I started this blog that the outfits I wear every day just weren’t exciting enough to create an interesting photograph. This creates a problem for me. I like personal style blogs that are a reflection of the real life of the blogger. When the blogger’s personal style is eccentric it makes for a great blog, but I’ve always loved simplicity. I want to the outfits I feature here to reflect my real style, but sometimes I wonder just how much the needs of photography influence my clothing choices.
Take shoes for example. I do love shoes, but I’m usually rather practical about them. Most of the time I wear flats. If I’m doing something fun I like to wear a bit of a heel, and for fancy parties I go all out and wear high heels, but I’m not the sort of girl who normally tromps around in 5″ platforms. I have definitely bought shoes just for the blog and rarely wear them unless we’re taking photos. The ones in this post are a good example. Yes, they’re a lot of fun and they weren’t expensive. I do like them, but I don’t think I would wear them if there wasn’t a photo opportunity involved. Still, there’s no denying that super-high heels look great in photos.
What AM I Wearing???!!
So that gets me back to this outfit. Yes, I really did wear this for an evening out with my husband. I had spent the day drawing for a client and felt completely drained, but the thought of going out for dinner and taking some photos perked me up a bit. I didn’t know what to wear but the “boyfriend” jean trend was on my mind. At the time I didn’t have a pair of the correct jeans: those slightly baggy, distressed, cropped trousers that are so hot right now. Not wanting to give up I folded up the cuffs my old J-Brand strait leg jeans and threw on a white cotton blouse. Then I doubled the denim with an old jacket, stepped into the mile-high orange heels and pulled out one side of my shirt for that fun “half-tucked” that’s all the rage on the fashion blogs. I was ready to rock. Unfortunately I looked completely silly.
The photos tell the truth. Real life, personal style and the blog all collided into a big trendy mess. But I had fun doing it!
- Denim Jacket by Anne Klein
- J Brand Jeans
- White cotton shirt by Club Monaco
- White belt from Target
- Shoes by Charles Jourdan
Do you ever make fashion faux pas? If you have a personal style blog yourself, do you ever dress up for photos?