I have recently begun reflecting upon this new blogging hobby of mine, and I am pleasantly surprised about some quickly learned lessons. I’ve always enjoyed shopping and having fun with clothing and accessories, but I was always guilty of throwing things together, convincing myself that the outfit worked, and running out the door. Photographing and sharing these outfits has made me realize that sometimes I need to slow down, put some more consideration into my wardrobe, and make sure it works for me.
Recently I noticed that Elaine posted a photo album on her Clothed Much Facebook page entitled, “Outfits That’ll Never be Blogged Just Because.” Now in all honesty I haven’t asked Elaine why she would not blog about those outfits. (In my opinion, they’re all adorable!) On the other hand, seeing her album title reminded me of all of the outfits I tried, and even photographed, and said, “Oh NOOOO that’s not going on my blog!”
For me, this new blogging adventure is a fun way for me to test out my own taste. It’s not about receiving approval from others, but it is about taking a good long look at what I'm wearing and figuring out if it works or not. When I look at my photos, sometimes I find myself saying,
“That’s too tight,”
“That’s too shapeless,”
“Why is that so boring...”
And now, through this new blogging adventure, I have learned a little more about what works for my body type, and what I want my style to say to others. I can remain modest and individualistic while I keep working on my self-proclaimed style of "a little bit Betty Crocker and a little bit Rock'n’Roll."
This black cotton Target dress is such a staple for summer! It’s so versatile that it can be worn as a beach cover up or out to dinner. The basic dress becomes more dignified with a lightweight cardigan and brightly colored belt, and you have endless options when accessorizing such a simple outfit. I personally like to have one area reserved for dramatic accessories-- earrings, a bold necklace, or lots of bracelets on the arm. If you do all 3 at once, the look becomes too busy.
This picture was taken before I went to dinner and to a punk rock show. (Strange mix of events, I know!) As we walked to the show from the restaurant, I was able to stick the belt in my bag and tie the sweater around my waist to make this outfit instantly more casual, proving that this dress can work in any setting!
I recently purchased this polka dot blouse from H&amp;M, and I’m so excited about making it work during every season! A simple black and white top like this is practically begging for a pop of color, so find something bold and exciting. In this picture, I’m wearing some hot pink shorts, but this shirt is perfect for the colored denim trend that we are seeing everywhere right now. As a lightweight, loose top, it would be paired best with some fitted jeans, and even possibly layered with a blazer and belt.
Because everyone wears denim, it’s fun to have a few dramatic touches to the jeans you wear. This pair is one of my favorites! They are long enough to be worn with some major heels, which means you can make your legs appear even looooonger (isn’t that what we all want!?) The dark wash also helps to elongate your silhouette, and I love the ‘70s vibe created with their major flare. In this photo, I paired the jeans with a floral top that really matches the denim color, and they will be great for the Fall with boots and sweaters!
Going out on a Saturday night gives you a great opportunity to take some chances with your wardrobe. This patterned, kimono-style cover-up is so voluminous and loud with its colors, it’s practically begging for a dramatic look. I added a bright tank underneath, bold earrings, and big platform sandals. To balance out large sleeves, go for slim jeans and use a neutral belt to tone down the top and help with proportions. Bright colors and unique pieces are a great way to stand out while staying modest.
These outfits are some of my recent favorites, but I’m pretty certain that I either lucked out on these days, or I tore my closet apart to figure things out. Nevertheless, blogging about it is teaching me a thing or two about my closet, my love for shopping, and my crazy ideas about getting dressed each morning! If you’re interested in seeing my daily outfits, follow along at Rock’n’Roll Betty!