As I’ve been thinking about this blog and what I want it to communicate, I’ve decided that I need to clarify something. I write about fashion, I think about fashion, I instagram about fashion, but I am not always stylish. In fact, if you know me, then the chances are that you’ve probably seen me in workout clothing but not at the gym, or sweats and a comfy shirt but not at home. That’s because I’m not overly strict with myself when it comes to when I’m supposed to be stylish. What does “stylish” even mean? It’s constantly changing but style is “knowing who you are and what you want to say…” according to Gore Vidal. By this definition, my choice of workout pants, a brightly colored fleece, and my favorite running shoes for a trip to the store may not be stylish, but it most certainly does not mean that I don’t have style. When you look at style as more of an attitude than an outfit your outlook on what to wear changes. Following fashion bloggers and clothing brands on Instagram is great for providing inspiration, but in regards to the nitty gritty of real life, day in and day out style, it can be crippling. The majority of the bloggers I’ve seen and that I follow on Instagram have an outfit of the day (#ootd) or a “what I wore” post that consists of a daily picture of them, typically in sunny climate, with perfect hair and a completely accessorized outfit that’s super stylish and flatters their figure. Every day. If they seriously have time to look that great every day, well, good for them. Since I’m not like that, does that make me less of a fashion designer or less qualified to write this blog? I don’t think so, and I hope you agree with me.
Beginning next month, I will be introducing a new series on the blog: Real Honest Style. Once a month I’ll write a post about something that inspires real life, everyday style. It may be something I wore, something you wore, or something someone else wore- or even something else that’s totally different but still inspires real honest style. Each month will differ in content but have the same overarching theme. My goal is that it will inspire, encourage, and give confidence to the readers of this blog to think about what they wear in a more personalized and genuine way.