Growing up in Georgia, it only makes sense that I had a preppy phase. For me, my preppy phase was in eighth grade, and it was later resurrected for a short period of time when I was in tenth grade. In eight grade, I wanted to wear Ralph Lauren button ups and nothing else (well of course pants as well). On multiple occasions I made my parents take me to the Ralph Lauren outlet 45 minutes away from Athens. I would dig through the racks, searching for any and every shirt they had in a size 14. I would proceed to try them all on and pick my favorites – whichever ones I felt the most comfortable in. If I had weighed 10 pounds more I probably would not have fit into any of them. I think they have a larger size selection now, but as far as I can remember, 14 was the largest option they had in 2008. Looking back, I am thankful that this was just a phase. In high school I finally started exploring fashion and realized how much I loved it. However, the preppy phase returned when my sister went to college and joined a sorority. She had always loved Lilly Pulitzer, but now that was all she really wanted to wear. Still a young and moldable mind, I often followed sister’s lead, suddenly I wanted to also wear Lilly Pulitzer. It was always a search for something that would fit. I could wear the shirts and shorts, but it took a lot of effort to find a dress in a style that fit. Once this second preppy phase ended, I started hunting for Free People on the sales racks. This is because Free People tended to always have flowing shapes and silhouettes. I could n0t fit into everything from Free People, but I could fit into a lot more than I could with any other brand. Since then, the plus size fashion industry has grown a lot and I am very thankful. That was not where I was expecting to take this post, but it just ended up happening. This particular looks reminds me of all that I strived for with my clothes in eighth grade. I wish could go back in time and give this outfit to eight grade me, because this look is way better than anything I pulled back then. I am wearing a vintage shirt I stole from my sister’s closet and a skirt I bought from a woman on the local facebook marketplace. Neither of these items were purchased with the other in mind, but I think they work great together. As I have gotten older, I have realized that my style does not have to adhere to any specific mold, I can dress preppy one day and boho chic the next. Why would you choose one style when having them all gives you more options?
Sometimes we cannot afford new clothes, which results in the frustrated yelling of “I have nothing to wear!” while standing in your closet. Or in my case, in front of your closet because I do not know the privilege of having a walk-in closet (one day….).
I recently I have experienced this frustration regularly. I have been trying my best to post new outfits on Instagram consistently, but recently I have hit a wall. I have nothing new or exciting to wear, people will get tired of seeing the same thing, these are all thoughts that go through my mind. Until I realized that this is an opportunity to challenge myself and create new outfits that I may not have seen within my wardrobe before. Since facing this challenge I have worn this particular shirt in ways I had not thought of before. This look is one of those.
I am excited to see what other new looks come out of this challenge!
Top – Free People
Dress – ASOS
Barrette – Kanel Denmark
I first discovered Free People in high school. Since then it has been one of the brands that I would constantly turn to for style inspiration and shopping. The brand’s clothing tends to fit looser than other brands, taking away from the constant frustration I faced when shopping in high school. In the past year or so, I have started to move away from Free People and on to different brands and a new style all together. However, most of my closet is still composed of a lot of Free People. I have recently felt challenged to find new ways to wear clothing I have had for a while. This specific outfit is a result of that. I have found that one of the easiest ways to breathe new life into a piece is through layering. By using two or more old pieces and combining them into a new layered look I have been able to bring excitement to clothing that was starting to bore me.
Top and Dress – Free People
Shoes – Dries Van Noten
In this week’s episode, we delve into the world of hair clips. I have included photos of the products I discuss below.
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Summertime in Georgia lends itself to random storms. One second it is sunny, the next there is a large ominous cloud rolling in. Before you can say “We should probably take this pool party inside,” the sky opens up and it begins to pour.
One fateful Friday, I decided to take pictures right as those aforementioned clouds began to roll in. Leaving me with very few options.
Dress – Vintage
Shoes – Dries Van Noten
Hello all! I have some exciting news, I just released the first episode of my new podcast, Read Between the Hemlines! This will be a weekly show where I discuss current trends and analyze where they are in the fashion cycle. I hope you give it a listen and if you do please rate, subscribe, and most importantly enjoy!
This shirt looks like a bunch of copper was melted down into a shirt and I am all about it. In the past year I have purchased two clothing items from Nordstrom that are from the brand Elvi. Unfortunately, it tragically took me a year to realize that Elvi has a website with a bigger selection and everything is in my size. This top was purchased from Nordstrom, but I can’t wait to try other pieces.
Elvi Top, Here
Old Navy Pants
Welcome to summer in Georgia. The time of year where I want to wear as little clothing as possible, but still look fabulous – a tricky challenge. Honestly I don’t even have any advice to go along with that statement because after 23 years, I am still trying to figure out how to dress for the nasty combination of heat and humidity in Georgia. Currently, my main approach is dresses. I purchased this Free People slip at Nordstrom Rack last year and barely wore it until this past month. Now I wear it multiple times a week. So stick around to figure out how I tackle summer dressing and also how many more times I incorporate this slip into an outfit.
While I was taking this picture a group of high-schoolers, that attend my alma mater, appeared to fish in this very sad pond. They looked at me like I was crazy, wondering why I’m out here taking pictures. I judged them equally for fishing in this pond. However, I can’t judge them because to my surprise one of them caught a fish that was larger than a foot while I was there. It was cool.
Madewell Top, Here
Free People Slip
Melissa Shoes, Here
Let’s talk denim – one of the hardest things for me to shop for.
If I had to choose one item of clothing that has the most inconsistent sizing, it would be jeans. No two pairs fit the same, even if they are the same brand, same style, same size. The worst part about jeans is that if you gain or lose 5 pounds it can totally mess up how they fit, and it’s back to the drawing board for you. Due to these difficult jean shopping dilemmas, I do not normally order denim online. When I saw these great jeans from ASOS I decided to take the risk. And thank goodness because they fit like a dream!
I have such a hard time finding denim in styles that I want, specifically this wide-leg cropped style. It pretty much doesn’t exist among jeans in my size, or at least not in a flattering cut. These ASOS jeans are a true miracle, they hit my waist in the right spot and are able to make it over my hips (the true make it or break it moment for all my jeans for some reason). So far my endless search for stylish denim in my size doesn’t seem to be a complete bust, I continue to hold out hope <3
Madewell Top, Here
Asos Pants, Here
Birkenstock Sandals, Here